MIDDLEBURY — Four members of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team received postseason honors.
Junior defenseman Tucker Stearns was named a First Team Division I All-Star.
Three Tigers, forwards Hale Hescock and Devon Kearns and goalie Zeke Hooper were named to the Rotary Senior All-Star Game. The game was not played this year.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — No. 3 Rice on Wednesday eliminated the No. 6 seeded Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team from the Division I playoffs, 3-0, in a quarterfinal matchup.
Rice improved to 17-4 with its third shutout victory of the winter over the MUHS. The Tigers, who were competitive all winter despite a series of injuries — including three of the season-ending variety to senior mainstays Kam Bartlett, Robbie Bicknell and Jeffrey Stearns — finished at 11-10.
Connor Peet scored twice for the Green Knights and set up Sam Rubman’s goal, and goalie Cale Layman worked the shutout.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team celebrated its senior night on Tuesday by defeating visiting South Burlington, 3-2, before the season’s biggest crowd at the Memorial Sports Center.
The victory moved the Tigers to 11-9 heading into the Division I playoffs, and they have earned the No. 6 seed for the upcoming postseason. The Vermont Principals’ Association is set to make pairings official on Thursday morning.
MUHS will hit the road for a quarterfinal in the first half of next week, with the Tigers’ opponent unknown heading into games being played Wednesday night...
ESSEX — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team won one of two road games last week.
The 10-9 Tigers will wrap up their regular season by hosting South Burlington on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Vermont Principals Association will announce playoff seeds on Thursday. It appears the Tigers will be seeded either No. 5 or 6 and face either No. 4 Stowe or No. 3 Rice in a quarterfinal early next week.
On this past Wednesday Jordan Martin scored with 1:06 left in overtime to complete a Tiger rally as MUHS defeated host Colchester, 4-3. The Tigers trailed, 3-1, entering the third period.
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...