19th annual Free Press All-State Girls Hockey Team

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HOW THE TEAMS WERE SELECTED

For the 19th consecutive year, the Burlington Free Press sports staff wore out the phone lines and filled up email boxes to find the best high school girls hockey players Vermont has to offer.

As always, trimming the list down to first and second teams, plus a cast of honorable mentions, is never easy.  But at the end of the day it remains a subjective process, and one we undertake with great pride and care.

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FIRST TEAM

CAMRYN BELL

Spaulding

Freshman, forward

• The player: With a grinder’s mentality, Bell didn’t just rest on her talented skills and speed. Bell led by example, going 100% on every shift and during every practice, to spearhead the youthful Crimson Tide’s stunning turnaround from two wins last winter to the first perfect season in Vermont girls hockey history. Headed to St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire in the fall, Bell (56 goals, 24 assists) capped her one year in Barre with a pair of strikes to seal the Division II title triumph.

• Coach Dave Lawrence on Bell: “It’s one thing to be a good player, but she also never stops working. She elevated our team so much this year and fits in with everybody.”

MADISON CHAGNON

Burlington/Colchester

Senior, forward

• The player: The combination of strength and speed — “she powered through people” — with a unrelenting drive and passion fueled Chagnon during a memorable final season as a SeaLaker. The Free Press’ Miss Hockey collected 44 goals and 30 assists to steer the cooperative program to the top seed and its first berth into the Division I final. Chagnon, bound for Rice Prep in the fall, finished her career with 102 goals and 77 assists.

• Coach Molly DiMasi on Chagnon: “She definitely became more of a leader this year without the letter. She was more vocal throughout the year and she really just shows by example, always working hard and doing whatever she can to get better.”

More: Burlington/Colchester’s Madison Chagnon named the Free Press’ Miss Hockey

MEGHAN LEHOUILLER 

Burlington/Colchester

Senior, forward

• The player: The Metro Division field hockey player of the year this past fall, Lehouiller overcame injuries to put up 78 goals and 46 assists over a standout four-year career. This winter, Lehouiller recorded 34 goals and 24 assists as part of a dynamic top line for a SeaLakers squad that soared to 20 wins and a place in the Division I final. Coach Molly DiMasi raved about Lehouiller’s vision on the ice and leadership skills.

• Coach Molly DiMasi on Lehouiller: “She’s always smooth with what she does. She sees the ice really well and is definitely one of those players you want on your first line.”

CELIA WIEGAND

Essex

Freshman, defense

• The player: Called a “difference-maker” in the preseason by her coach, Wiegand returned to the ice after a five-game absence due to injury and helped solidify the blue line as the Hornets retained their Division I crown. Wiegand wields a big shot, possess slick stickhandling skills and is physical and unfazed in the defensive zone. And in the final, Wiegand made good on her coach’s premonition, tallying two goals and an assist in the 4-2 win over Burlington/Colchester.

 Coach John Maddalena on Wiegand: “She has everything you are looking for in a great hockey player. And more than that, she’s a great teammate, brings a lot of energy both on and off the ice.”

SOPHIE ZEMIANEK

BFA-St. Albans

Sophomore, defense

• The player: After missing the first two goals of the season, Zemianek produced a breakout sophomore campaign. An assistant captain, Zemianek put up 13 goals and 13 assists, eye-opening totals for a Comet defenseman. Praised for her communication skills, smarts and work ethic, Zemianek’s shut-down ability and quick transitions into the offensive end made her one of the state’s best all-around players. She finished fourth on the team in points.

• Coach Luke Cioffi on Zemianek: “She matured a lot quicker than most high school kids in terms of the mental and physical aspects of the game, and we expected she would.”

MADELEINE HUNGERFORD

BFA-St. Albans

Senior, goalie

• The player: Hungerford, who shared goaltending duties with Macie Boissonneault, earns a spot on the BFP first team for a third straight season. The senior went 9-2 with a 1.005 goals-against average, 95.5% save percentage and six shutouts in 11 starts for the 17-4-1 Comets, who reached the Division I semifinals. Hungerford, the BFA record-holder for career shutouts with 22, excelled with her positioning and was able to play the puck out her zone to become a third defenseman as needed for the Comets.

• Coach Luke Cioffi on Hungerford: “She’s a good student, wants to analyze what she did wrong and get better at it. We knew we had a kid who was going to stop the puck and make the plays.”

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SECOND TEAM

MEGHAN CONNOR

BFA-St. Albans

Senior, forward

• The player: A three-sport athlete, Connor excelled on the ice for four years thanks to a quick shot and excellent vision and hand-eye coordination. Almost always in the right spot in front of net, Connor became the seventh player in program history to reach 50 career goals. Connor was also physically stronger this winter in a 16-goal, 14-assist campaign for the Comets. She leaves BFA with 52 goals and 40 assists.

• Coach Luke Cioffi on Connor: “She was a very good leader in terms of doing, saying the right things to teammates. She’s one of best penalty killers, too, always willing to get a few bumps and bruises for the team.”

ABBY ROBBINS

Essex

Junior, forward

• The player: The third option on last year’s record-setting first line, Robbins went from right to left wing this winter and turned into the Hornets’ top scoring threat with team bests of 20 goals and 17 assists. A grinder in corners and tough to move in front of the net, Robbins’ play struck fear into opposing players. She set up two goals and put away an insurance tally in Essex’s 4-2 win over Burlington/Colchester in the Division I final for back-to-back crowns.

• Coach John Maddalena on Robbins: “Abby’s a ferocious competitor. She gets after the puck on the forecheck and she creates turnovers that lead to goals. She also was really instrumental on the penalty kill.”

GRACE WIGGETT

Essex

Senior, forward

• The player: Elevated to the first line this winter, Wiggett was a key figure in both zones as the Hornets captured the Division I crown for the second consecutive season. Wiggett can snipe from distance with a big shot, work out of tight spaces along the boards and, as center, helped limit opposing teams’ shot attempts — her biggest improvement as a senior. She also scored the game-winner at BFA in the semis.

• Coach John Maddalena on Wiggett: “When we needed a goal, the team looked to her. She’s always had this incredible shot and her ability to play in the defensive zone was really important in our system.”

KATE BUCKLEY

Rice 

Senior, defense

• The player: A three-sport standout coming off a Free Press first-team nod in field hockey, Buckley ran a depleted Rice defense with stout, physical play, leadership and a reserve of never-ending energy. With only nine players on the roster, three of them defensemen, Buckley also managed to tally 9 goals and 6 assists this winter despite limited chances to skate into the offensive zone.

• Coach Aaron Miller on Buckley: “She never missed practice or a game and she rarely came off the ice. She probably played half the game. She’s a really good player and we were lucky to have her.”

ALLIE CIMIS

Woodstock

Junior, defense

• The player: After playing center during Woodstock’s run to the Division II title game last season, Cimis made a seamless transition to the blue line this winter.  A versatile player with defenseman experience as a youth player, Cimis can carry the puck from zone to zone, unleash hard, accurate shots from the point and has developed a keen sense to command a well-run defensive unit. Cimis tallied 8 goals and 9 assists for the Wasps as a junior.

• Coach Ian Coates on Cimis: “I think what separates her from other good players in the league is she’s going to give you something on the ice that stands out visibly more than statistically. All the attributes you want out of defenseman, you can get from her.”

SOPHIE FORCIER

Essex

Junior, goalie

 The player: A hard-worker, natural athlete and great student of the game, Forcier improved on her angles and had better control of her rebounds during her junior campaign. Locking down Essex’s repeat title run in Division I, Forcier picked up five shutouts and owned a 1.3 goals-against average. In the championship game, Forcier’s dozen saves, while not impressive as a total, included several momentum-killing stops that kept Essex in control.

• Coach John Maddalena on Forcier: “In big games, it’s just uncanny how calm she is. You would think she would be more nervous for those games, but she figures out a way to settle down and come up with big stops when we need them.”

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HONORABLE MENTION

Forwards: Bella Gale, Middlebury eighth-grader; Jodie Gratton, BFA-St. Albans freshman; Olivia Maher, Burlington/Colchester senior; Rebecca McKelvey, Spaulding freshman; Kami O’Brien, BFA-St. Albans freshman; Brianna Parent, Missisquoi junior; Alexis Patterson, Rutland junior; Abbie Rice, Stowe junior; Elise Scorsome, Burlington/Colchester senior

Defensemen: Isabel Crossman, Rutland sophomore; Flynn Hall, MMU/CVU senior; Nichole Pappas, Harwood/Northfield senior; Chloe Rouleau, BFA-St. Albans senior; Stella Turner, Burr and Burton junior; Nicole Wright, MMU/CVU senior

Goalies: Macie Boissonneault, BFA-St. Albans junior; Abby Hodsden, Middlebury junior; Courtney Rocheleau, Burlington/Colchester senior; Lyssa Tan, South Burlington senior; Kaylee Thayer, Harwood senior

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Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 or aabrami@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter: @aabrami5.

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