Bill O’Neil Wraps Up Coaching Career With Comeback All-Star Victory

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Legendary hockey coach Bill O’Neil had a chance to end his storied career with a win Saturday night, leading the Vermont All-Stars to a 3-2 victory against New Hampshire at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Trailing 2-0 late in the second period, goals from U-32’s Conor Barrett, Spaulding’s Luke Krupka and a shorthanded score from CVU’s Joe Parento led Vermont to a come-from-behind victory.

Emotional after the game, Parento told us, “My grandfather passed away on Friday, so that goal meant a lot to me.  All my family’s here.  Coming into the last period, I was saying to the guys this is my last competitive period, so I kind of just went all out and showed what I could do.”

Following his victory, Coach O’Neil says, “The opportunity to do this was pretty special.  And these guys, they did a great job. Coming in for two days and then trying to put stuff together.  So it’s fun, I really enjoy it, I love doing this.  I hope there will be some opportunities to do some more, but I’ll just have to see what comes along.”

In the women’s game, a hat-trick from Spaulding’s Jessica Scott was outmatched by four goals from Berlin/Gorham’s Rylie Binette, as New Hampshire defeated Vermont 7-5.

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