MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team came up short twice late last week, including in a pivotal home loss on Friday that jeopardized the Tigers’ chances for a home quarterfinal with three games remaining. MUHS plays at Colchester and Essex this week and wraps up the regular season by hosting South Burlington on Feb. 25.
In that game visiting Stowe (11-6) defeated the Tigers, 6-5, dropping MUHS to 9-8. A win would have moved the Tigers into fourth place in Division I, but instead they trail both the Raiders and fifth-place Spaulding (9-5-1) in sixth.
The Tigers were...
CVU GOALIE JASON Douglas stretches to make a pad save on Tiger forward Ryan Nadeau during the second period of Monday’s boys’ hockey game in Middlebury. Nadeau later scored in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It’s possible the Tigers’ two tougher games this week could tell a different tale for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team, but on Monday they looked like they were ready to take on all comers in Division I.
Granted, visiting Champlain Valley (2-12-1) is not the cream of the D-I crop, but the Tigers excelled in all phases of the game in Monday’s 3-0 victory.
They moved the puck, forechecked and back-checked carefully, won puck battles, allowed only six shots on goalie Zeke Hooper, and, most importantly according to Coach Derek Bartlett, skated hard and constantly.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey picked up a key Division I victory on Friday, 2-0 over visiting Spaulding. The Tigers’ third straight win pushed their record to 8-5. They are in a tight race with Spaulding (7-4-1) and Stowe (7-5) for the Nos. 4-6 seeds in Division I.
MUHS plays at Rice on Wednesday and hosts Champlain Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday.
On this past Friday the Tigers took the lead in the first period on an Owen Lawton goal assisted by Daniel Hodsden and Andy Giorgio.
Ryan Nadeau netted the pad goal in the second period’s first minute, with an assist from Jordan...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Tuesday defeated visiting Rutland, 4-1, in a Division I matchup.
The Tigers improved to 7-5, good for sixth-place in the 10-team league, just behind Stowe (6-4) as of early on Wednesday. Rutland dropped to 2-8-2. The Tigers will next host third-place Spaulding on Friday at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday the Tigers took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Ryan Nadeau and Joey Niemo.
Raider Ethan Coarse made it 2-1 early in the second, but Tucker Stearns answered for MUHS soon afterward. Bode Rubright added an insurance goal midway through...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team got a late goal from Tucker Stearns on Saturday to edge host South Burlington, 2-1.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second period on an unassisted Hale Hescock strike, but the Wolves’ Zeek Erickson tied the score at 6:30 of the third period.
Stearns netted the game-winner at 12:06, with assists from fellow defensemen Abel Anderson and Matthew Kiernan.
Tiger Eddie Hodde made 11 saves as MUHS improved to 6-5, and SB goalie Ted Hopper stopped 26 shot for the 1-10-1 Wolves.
The Tigers will host Rutland at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,...
ESSEX FORWARD WILLEM Barwin wraps the puck under Tiger goalie Jeffrey Stearns in the second period of Tuesday’s game for the only goal. Essex improved to 8-1-1 by edging the 5-5 Tigers.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team bit by the injury bug did almost everything it needed to do to defeat visiting Division I power Essex on Tuesday.
The Tigers defended responsibly all over the ice, for the most part stayed out of the penalty box, got strong goaltending, and played hard.
But what they couldn’t do — with senior captains Kam Bartlett and Devon Kearns out of the lineup due to possibly season-ending injuries and third senior forward Logan Pierson-Flagg studying abroad — was generate consistent offensive pressure or take advantage of the chances they did...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Saturday picked up its fourth win in five outings, 3-1 over visiting Colchester. The 5-4 Tigers will host Essex (5-1-1) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Tigers took a 2-0 first-period lead on power-play goals by Bode Rubright, assisted by Ryan Nadeau, and Andy Giorgio, set up by Hale Hescock and Robbie Bicknell.
Colchester’s Jake Corman made it 2-1 at 12:17 of the second period, but with 16 seconds left in the period Daniel Hodsden netted an insurance goal, from Rubright.
Tiger goalie Zeke Hooper made 15 saves, and Colchester goalie...
STOWE — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a key road win on Saturday, defeating host Stowe, 3-1, as the Tigers evened their record at 4-4.
Owen Austin scored for the Tigers as the teams finished the first period tied at 1-1. Tucker Stearns gave MUHS the lead in the second, with an assist from Ryan Nadeau, and Hale Hescock sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.
Tiger goalie Jeff Stearns made 25 saves, and Stowe goalie Ethan Brown stopped 26 shots.
The Tigers will host Colchester at 7 p.m. on Friday.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting BFA-St. Albans edged the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Tuesday, 2-1. The Bobwhites improved to 5-2, while the Tigers fell to 3-4.
BFA got second-period goals from Camden Piper and Sean Beauregard. Logan Pierson-Flagg answered for the Tigers, with an assist from Devon Kearns.
Dan Ellis made 17 saves for BFA in the first two periods, and Seth Bushey stopped 10 shots in the third period. Tiger goalie Zeke Hooper made 33 saves.
The Tigers will visit Stowe on Saturday.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a Division I road win on Saturday, defeating Champlain Valley in overtime, 2-1.
The 3-3 Tigers face another big game on Tuesday, when they will host undefeated BFA-St. Albans at 7 p.m.
On Saturday Devon Kearns netted a shorthanded goal 4:29 into overtime to give the Tigers the victory. Tucker Stearns picked up the assist on the game-winner.
The Tigers took the lead on a Kam Bartlett goal early in the second period, assisted by Kearns and Joey Niemo. The 2-5 Redhawks equalized on Aiden Achilles’ power-play strike...