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...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split two games this past weekend at the Tigers’ own Fletcher “Buster” Brush Holiday Classic. The Tigers (2-3) on Friday lost to Brookline, Mass., 2-1, and on Saturday defeated Saranac/Lake Placid, N.Y., 6-3, in the consolation match.
In Friday’s opener the Tigers took the lead on Ryan Nadeau’s first-period power-play goal, which was assisted by Devon Kearns. Brookline struck back for a pair of goals, by Ellis Vish and Grayson Badger, in the second period, and goalie Gil Markman stopped 17 MUHS shots to make those scores stand up...
RUTLAND — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team broke through for its first win on Saturday, 4-1 over host Rutland.
Devon Kearns scored twice to pace the Tigers, including a clinching empty-net strike in the final minute. Robbie Bicknell’s unassisted breakaway goal at 10:22 of the first period gave the Tigers the lead, and he picked up the main assist on Kearns’ second goal.
The Tigers scored twice in the second period. Hale Hescock netted the first, from Bode Rubright and Joey Niemo, and Kam Bartlett set up Kearns’ initial score.
Rutland’s Ethan Coarse scored at 12:53 of the...
BARRE — Host Spaulding got past the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team this past Wednesday, 3-1. The Tide improved to 2-0, while the Tigers dropped to 0-2 heading into a Saturday game at Rutland played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent.
Next up for the Tigers is their annual holiday tournament this coming Friday and Saturday. They will host Brookline, Mass., at 7 p.m. on Friday, and play at a time to be determined on Saturday. The Tiger girls are also hosting a tournament those two days, starting with a contest vs. Rutland at 5 p.m. on Friday.
MIDDLEBURY — This past season the Middlebury Union boys’ hockey team battled to a 9-8-3 regular season, good for the No. 4 seed in Division I, and then won a quarterfinal matchup before falling to eventual champion Essex in a semifinal.
With nine seniors on this winter’s team, plenty of depth, and a blue-collar approach, Coach Derek Bartlett expects results at least that good this season.
“It’s going to be our compete, our attitude, and how we show up to compete every night,” Bartlett said. “We’ve got a good core. We’ve got nine seniors, and the new guys who are stepping in are learning fast...
TIGER SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Joey Niemo, center, jostles for position with Rice forward Cameron Kinsell in front of the goalie Zeke Hooper during the MUHS boys’ hockey team’s Tuesday home opener. Rice won, 3-0.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — An opportunistic Rice team with a hot goalie skated out of the Memorial Sports Center Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team in the Tigers’ season opener.
Rice goalie Carson Barnes, a sophomore from Ferrisburgh who played youth hockey with a number of the Tigers, stopped 34 shots to frustrate many of his former teammates.
Tiger Coach Derek Bartlett had nothing but praise for Barnes.
“I thought Carson had an outstanding game. He made huge saves when he had to,” Bartlett said. “I felt like we had some great looks, and I felt like...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team last week split a pair of Division I road games. The Tigers are 6-2 heading into two 7 p.m. home games this week, vs. South Burlington on Wednesday and St. Albans on Saturday.
On Wednesday host Rice improved to 4-1-1 by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. The Green Knights scored three times in the first 3:00 of the second period to take the lead, with two of the goals scored by Kieran Connolly.
The Tigers got on the board with a Cooper O’Brien goal with 2:27 left in regulation, assisted by Aaron Larocque and...