Mount Mansfield-South Burlington junior captain Courtney Barrett has been seeing a different sort of action on the ice this season.
A goalie since she was nine years old, Barrett has been playing forward for MMU-SB as the team deals with a rash of injuries.
“After the first game of the season, we had a couple of injuries so I asked our goalies if they would be willing to skate out,” MMU-SB head coach Mickey Toof said. “She said ‘I haven’t skated since I was nine but I’ll give it a try.'”
Barrett, whom Toof considers one of the best goalies in the state, has been strong playing as a forward, scoring a goal and adding three assists.
“She has done an unbelievable job,” Toof said. “She has been great about it, very unselfish. That’s why she is a captain, great leadership skills.”
As players for MMU-SB continue to get healthy, Barrett will move back into net.
Coming back strong
Danielle Schreiner had surgery on her injured knee during the summer. Just a few months later, the forward is back on the ice and on the scoresheet for the Comets of BFA-St. Albans.
“Dani is a competitor; she works hard,” BFA-St. Albans head coach Luke Cioffi said. “It was kind of slow at the beginning, now she is back to the same old Dani.”
According to Cioffi, Schreiner took some time to find her groove, but the junior has recently picked up the scoring pace and has five goals and two assists in six games this season.
Cioffi expects Schreiner to only get stronger as the season continues. Schreiner’s continued strong play will be key for a BFA team looking to get back to the top of the Metro Division.
Win No. 100
Mount Mansfield-South Burlington head coach Mickey Toof earned his 100th career win last week, when MMU-SB defeated Colchester.
Toof is in his ninth season as a head coach. He coached for four years at Burlington High School, and is now in his fifth season with South Burlington.
“All the credit goes to all the players I have coached for nine years,” Toof said. “I thank all the players; they have done all the hard work.”
Toof also credited assistant coach Charlie Thibault, who has been Toof’s assistant for five years and with the South Burlington program for 12 years.
In Toof’s nine seasons, he has an overall record of 100-64-15.
“It’s a pretty good record, and I’m proud of the accomplishment,” Toof said.