NO. R-93.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2003 Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans girls’ and boys’ Division I championship ice hockey teams.

(H.C.R.52)

Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Parent of St. Albans City, Allard of St. Albans Town and Howrigan of Fairfield.

Whereas, Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans (BFA) has an enviable record of championship ice hockey in both the girls’ and boys’ programs, and

Whereas, in 2003, the girl Comets skated to their third consecutive state championship title as they concluded the season with an outstanding 18-3 record, and

Whereas, the championship game at Norwich University’s Kreitzberg Arena entailed defeating the postseason tournament’s top seed, the Middlebury High School Panthers, and

Whereas, BFA assumed the opening lead, as Comet Jenna Stanley scored in the first period, and BFA retained the 1-0 advantage into the final period, and

Whereas, at the 10:02 point of the third period, the scoreless spell was terminated as Panther Lisa Henley scored her team’s only goal, and

Whereas, the Comets did not allow the score to remain tied for long as 62 seconds later, BFA’s Ashley Whitehouse, with an able assist from Angela Palmer, reestablished the team’s lead, and

Whereas, Angela assured the Comet victory when at the 6:08 point of the final period, with a Kiley Manahan assist, she scored an insurance goal, making the final score 3-1 in BFA’s favor, and

Whereas, all of the ice hockey Comets, including Jenna Bushey, Jenna Stanley, Caitlin Malboeuf, Sara Choiniere, Renee Boudreau, Caroline Robertson, Emmy Handy, Kiley Manahan, Amanda Gage, Angela Palmer, Ellen Sargent, Meghan Heald, Melissa Bocash, Amanda Thomas, Erica Robertson, Erin Guertin, Ashley Whitehouse, Betsy Viens, Christi Corrigan, Meghan Jaird, Celey Schumer, and Sarah Manahan, are to be congratulated for their team effort, and

Whereas, Coach Luke Cioffi and assistant coaches Jeff Rouleau and Jeff Moulton taught the players always to play their best as was evidenced in the championship contest, and

Whereas, in Division I boys’ play, the fourth‑seeded BFA Bobwhites were equally successful as they captured the school’s 14th title in an exciting championship contest against the Essex Hornets at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House, and

Whereas, despite trailing 1-0 at the conclusion of the first period, Bobwhite Scott McDowell evened the score with a second period power-play goal, and then, early in the third period, teammate David Jette scored to place the Bobwhites ahead 2-1, and

Whereas, despite the Hornets’ subsequently tying the score, sophomore Kyle Taylor showed great agility on the ice leading to scoring the winning goal, and

Whereas, all of the BFA ice hockey Bobwhites, including Corey Chevalier, Wade McDonald, David Jette, Peter Andrews, Adam Lovelette, Ethan Boudreau, Dylan Berno, Ryan Evans, Dusty Lussier, Emmet Susslin, Kyle Palmer, Charlie Mildrum, Jordan Mosher, John Boudreau, Dustin Degree, Kyle Taylor, Dan Dodd, Corey Hamblett, Brandon McNeice, Mark Collins, Scott McDowell, Ian Susslin, Anthony Aliquo, Matt Crawford, Tom Raymond, and Trent Broderick and team managers Sam Gorton and Matt Cushing, merit commendation, and

Whereas, the BFA boys’ ice hockey team’s commanding but respectful   presence on the ice earned the squad the championship tournament’s trophy for sportsmanship, and

Whereas, Coach Toby Ducolon and assistant coaches Tom McDonald, Bill Corbo, and Jon Haynes provided the team with invaluable strategic suggestions and support, and team physician Dr. Henry Tulip’s presence was always reassuring, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates both the 2003 Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans girls’ and the boys’ Division I championship ice hockey teams, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to BFA-St. Albans High School, Athletic Director, Dan Marlow.