By David Miles, Sports Correspondent
Woodstock landed two players on the Division II allstate teams, as announced by the Vermont Girls Ice Hockey Coaches Association. Sadie Kuhn was named as a first team defenseman, while Hannah Coates was a second team forward.
Four other schools had multiple representatives. State champion Rice and U-32 both had three selections. State runner-up Missisquoi and Harwood joined WUHS with two nominees. The final player chosen was from Stowe.
Kuhn’s selection was no surprise. She led the team in scoring with 28 goals and nine assists. She scored the game winner in overtime against Brattleboro in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. She scored a hat trick in a minute-and-a-half at U-32, turning a final period two-goal deficit into a 3-2 WUHS win. And she did much of this goal scoring from a defensive position.
“She is a solid hockey player who can play every position on the ice,” said Coach Ian Coates. “I haven’t seen her play goalie, but something tells me if she did, she could hold her own.
“Sadie is a tremendous athlete and has put in the work to get where she is today. She has also grown into a leader and was a great part of our teams’ success on and off the ice.
“And that ninety-second hat trick against U-32. Pretty amazing, really, if you were there to watch that. And if not, just think about it!”
Coates’ second team selection should have been no surprise either. She was second to Kuhn on the team in scoring, averaging almost a point per game. And she has a true passion for the game that is evident whenever she is on the ice. Things like her forechecking don’t’ always show up on the scoreboard, but they go a long way towards the Wasps’ collective success.
“She tends to find the right areas to make plays and take the right shots to get her goals and assists,” said Coach Coates. He loves the way she maximizes her playmaking skills by her sheer determination when she is on the ice “She is a battler and provides a lot more to the team than just goals,” concludes the coach. For example he cites the Burr & Burton game this year when she scored twice, but what really stood out to him was how hard she played on both the offensive and the defensive ends that night.
Kuhn, a junior, and Coates, a sophomore, should both be back next year for the Wasps. It’s nice to have players named to the all-state team. It’s even nicer to have players from the all-state team returning to play the following season.
This article first appeared in the March 16, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.