Daily Archives: Feb 7, 2014

Pressure on the Cadets … Cats Need Two Points … Pacioretty’s Big Night, It Could Have Been Bigger

George Commo’s Blog – Friday 2/7/14

The Norwich University mens hockey team has owned cross state rivals Castleton in recent seasons, but as the two teams head into another renewal of their rivalry tonight down at Spartan Arena the pressure is clearly on the Cadets. Norwich trails Babson by two points in the ECAC East league standings with four games remaining. Their string of 15 straight regular season titles is clearly on the line and they can’t afford to give up many more points. Pressure … on Norwich Advantage to Castleton? … we’ll see  tonight … the game will be right here on NSN Sports.

Also tonight the Vermont Catamounts travel to Durham, NH. for a two game series with the UNH Wildcats. Like Norwich, UVM needs points … getting at least a couple out of the two games at the Whittemore Center would seem critical to the Cats home ice playoff hopes.

And finally, how about the night Montreal’s Max Pacioretty had last night in a 5-2 Habs win over Vancouver? Pacioretty had a hat trick.. but it could have been so much more. He got not one, but TWO penalty shot attempts in the same game. In fact they came in the same period … about a minute and a half apart in the second. He failed to beat Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo on either one.  Hope they don’t meet up again with similar results in Russia. Pacioretty will be playing for Team USA … but my gut is that Luongo will be riding the pine for Team Canada.







The Selection Committee of the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the selection of the Class of 2014.  The fourteen members of this year’s class have distinguished themselves in schools, on courts and fields, and among their peers. This year’s inductees include:


Activities & Athletics

Danielle “Dani” Rayner, Bellows Falls Union High School – Basketball

Jevonne “Jevi” Rayner, Bellows Falls Union High School – Basketball

Scott A. Reed, Fair Haven Union High School – Three-Sport Athlete

Steve Lewis, St. Johnsbury Academy, Three-Sport Athlete

Matt Johnson, BFA St. Albans – Basketball



Stewart Schmidt, Ludlow, Vermont Soccer Official



Coaches & Activity Directors

Jim McLaughlin, Woodstock Union High School, Football Coach

Russell Pickering, Bellows Falls Union High School, X-C Running, Track, Basketball Coach

Stephen Dowd, Essex High School – X-C Running, Track & Field Coach

Mike Gonneville, Northfield High School, Girls’ Soccer Coach

David Kinsman, Rutland High School & MSJ, Boys’ Basketball Coach

Bruce Viens, Randolph Union High School, Boys’ Basketball Coach

Robert “Squeak” Gregory, Fair Haven Union High School, Boys’ Soccer & Girls’ Softball Coach

Robert Slayton, Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Baseball Coach



The Class of 2014 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.  A social hour will begin at 5:00 PM, with a meal and ceremony following at 6:00 PM.  Reservation information can be found on the VPA web site at www.vpaonline.org or by contacting the VPA office at 802 229-0547.


The VPA Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 to recognize the outstanding careers of educational leaders, participants in student activities and athletics, members of the media, and contributors from the public who positively impacted the lives of Vermont youth.  For additional information, please contact Dave Cobb at the VPA at 802 229-0547