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PITTSFIELD -- The Wahconah hockey team rebounded from its first blemish of the Hennessy League season to shut out Taconic, 6-0 on Saturday.
The Warriors started the game with a bang, scoring less than a minute in.
Ryan Ouimet scored three times, and Nick Montferret added a goal and three assists as the Warriors came closer to qualifying for the Western Mass. Division III-A tournament again. A win or a tie Wednesday against Mount Everett gets Wahconah in.
Lane Grogan started the scoring just 41 seconds into the game.
"It was nice to have a good start," Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said. "We tend to be a slow-starting team and come on strong later. They had us pinned for 35 seconds to start the game off, and we scored on a rush."
Disbrow’s top line handled all the scoring again, but the coach saluted his second line of senior Jake Beckwith and freshmen Nate Lapine and Andrew Beaudoin.
"Defense is their first and foremost job, but we’re slowly starting to work in more offensive stuff," he said. "I’ll tell you what, they’re starting to click a lot better. Their breakouts were strong."
Roger Stedman stopped 12 shots to earn the shutout.
MCLA men’s basketball
NORTH ADAMS -- The Trailblazers opened up a double-digit lead at halftime and then managed to hang on for a win, 78-75 over Worcester State.
MCLA held on for the victory to move to 7-1 in MASCAC.
John Jones had 21 points and collected 12 rebounds for the Trailblazers. Paul Maurice added 12 and Bilal Shabazz had 10 points for MCLA.
MCLA led by five at half but fell behind twice in the second half. Maurice’s 3-pointer midway through the second gave the Trailblazers a 43-42 lead they would build to eight points before the guests responded. MCLA wouldn’t trail again.
The victory keeps MCLA in first place in the MASCAC.
NORTH ADAMS -- Danielle Scolpino had 18 points and Lucy Tremblay added 16 but MCLA still came up short against Worcester State, 54-51.
Meaghan O’Keefe was too much for MCLA. She recorded 23 points and 23 rebounds in the contest.
The Trailblazers led by seven at the half but could only muster 20 points after the break.
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- It took some extra time, but the Ephs stayed perfect in NESCAC play with win over Bowdoin, 76-64 in overtime.
Williams scored 15 of the 18 points in overtime. Michael Mayer had 22 points for the Ephs, while Taylor Epley had 21. Daniel Wohl and James Klemm had 11 points each.
The game was tied at the end of each half, but the Ephs cruised in overtime. Bowdoin scored the first points of the period on a 3 from Matt Mathias. Williams rattled off the next 15 points for the win.
Mayer recored a double-double in the win, adding 11 rebounds to his point totals.
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Ephs outscored Bowdoin by 14 in the second half to earn the victory, 50-42.
Claire Baecher led Williams with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jennie Harding contributed 12 points for Williams. The Ephs trailed by six after the first half before exploding for 35 points in the second.
The victory was the first for the Ephs at Bowdoin since 1999, a span of 12 games.
Williams men’s hockey
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams dominated in the scoring chance department, but couldn’t find a way to get one past Wesleyan’s Nolan Daley.
The Ephs took 46 shots in the contest, but had to settle for a 0-0 tie. Sean Dougherty recorded 26 saves for the Ephs to keep the game scoreless.
Williams couldn’t take advantage of the man advantage, either. The Ephs were 0 for 5 on the power play. Wesleyan was 0 for 3 with an extra skater.
Williams women’s hockey
AMHERST -- The Ephs fell behind 3-0, but clawed back to 3-2.
Unfortunately for Williams, that’s where the rally ended and Amherst skated away with a 4-2 win.
Courtney Baranek’s empty-net goal with 1:08 left assured the hosts of the victory. Sam Cutts and Michaela Levine had goals for Williams.