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.