Class A quarterfinals
No. 4 Bangor 7, No. 5 Cony 2
Vermont 61, Maine 44
Casey-Covell leads Bangor past Cony 7-2
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
BANGOR — The Bangor High School Rams needed a lift in their Eastern Maine Class A schoolboy hockey quarterfinal against Cony High of Augusta and senior right wing Darren Casey-Covell provided it. After allowing two late second-period goals that sliced the lead to 3-2 and swung the momentum over to Cony, Orono High transfer Casey-Covell hustled to win a loose puck and scored a shorthanded goal 4:46 into the third period to lead fourth-seeded Bangor to a 7-2 triumph over fifth-seeded Cony. Bangor, 14-5, will take on top seed Waterville, 18-1, in Saturday’s noon semifinal at The Colisee in Lewiston. No. 2 seed Brewer, 15-3-1, and third seed Lewiston, 12-6-1, will play their semifinal after that one. Cony of Augusta concluded a 10-9 season. Casey-Covell set up Nic Cota’s insurance goal 6:04 later and also assisted on Adam King’s goal as Bangor scored three times in a span of 2:21 to sew it up. Joey Seccareccia’s second goal of the game capped the flurry. Second-period goals by Nate Lewis, Seccareccia and Chad Kelley staked Bangor to a 3-0 lead before Luke Duncklee and Josh Zayac rallied Cony with goals 1:54 apart in the final 2:14 of the middle period. Zach Hamilton made 11 saves for Bangor while Jon Dale finished with 15 for Cony.
Vermont’s balance sinks Black Bears
By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
ORONO — The University of Maine played solid defense Tuesday night against a stingy Vermont team. The difference was, the Catamounts had more legitimate offensive weapons. Sy Janousek connected for five 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 17 points to lead Vermont to a 61-44 America East women’s basketball victory over UMaine at Alfond Arena. Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears (4-23, 2-11 AE) did a decent job slowing a prolific Vermont attack, but couldn’t muster enough offense to make up the difference. Third-place Vermont improved to 17-10 overall, 11-3 in league play. Courtnay Pilypaitis added 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a balanced Vermont attack. Senior Colleen Kilmurray spearheaded the Bears’ effort, scoring a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds. Tanna Ross of Newburgh added eight points. Vermont opened things up early in the second half, despite missing eight of its first nine field-goal attempts. The pace of the game picked up, favoring the Catamounts, who went on a 9-0 spurt that turned a six-point lead into a 44-27 advantage with 10:12 remaining. Pilypaitis scored four points and Janousek hit a 3-pointer during the run that ended the suspense as far as the outcome was concerned. The Bears were within striking distance (29-20) at halftime, despite their usual offensive struggles.