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NO. R-164.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2005 Harwood Union High School Highlanders Division II championship boys’ ice hockey team.


Offered by:  Representatives Minter of Waterbury, Dostis of Waterbury, Donahue of Northfield, Grad of Moretown and Hosford of Waitsfield.

Offered by:  Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.

Whereas, the Harwood Union High School boys’ ice hockey team played to win all season long, earning the number one seed in the Division II playoff tournament, and

Whereas, in the semifinal contest, the Highlanders skated past the Woodstock Wasps to a 4-1 victory as Harwood’s Erik Poitras, Brendan VanTuinen, who was honored as the Division II player of the year, and Michael Casey scored goals for Harwood, and

Whereas, after this solid display of hockey mastery, the Highlanders faced off against third‑seeded North Country Union High School (NCU) for Division II honors, and

Whereas, in the season’s finale on the Gutterson Field House ice rink, Brendan VanTuinen scored three of the Highlanders’ four goals and assisted in scoring the fourth, and

Whereas, he opened the scoring with 47 seconds left in the first period with assistance from both Michael Casey and Nick Sisler, and

Whereas, an NCU goal at 3:53 while Harwood’s opponent had a 5-3 player advantage proved short‑lived as the Highlanders regained the lead with a VanTuinen short-handed goal less than three minutes later, and

Whereas, Highlander Tim Griffith scored a power play goal early in the final period, and VanTuinen did the same shortly thereafter, and

Whereas, despite a final NCU score, the outstanding defensive work of goalie Dan Morse prevented the tally from becoming any narrower as the Highlanders defeated NCU 4-2 and clinched the school’s first boys’ ice hockey championship in 25 years, and

Whereas, Highlanders Nick Sisler, Chad Stanclift, Keith Nelson, Shawn Thompson, Martin Casey, Brendan VanTuinen, Jonathan Grace, Michael Casey, Tim Griffith, Michael Longchamp, Nate Goss-Woliner, Mike Poitras, Ross Macleod, Erik Poitras, Will Woodard, Elliot Siegel, Chris Martin, Eric Sweet, and Dan Morse all deserve credit for Harwood’s fantastic season, and

Whereas, Head Coach Dave Morse and assistant coaches Howard Deal and Shaun Morse are each to be commended, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: 

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2005 Harwood Union High School Highlanders’ Division II championship boys’ ice hockey team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dave Morse at Harwood Union High School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont