Backboned by an impressive performance between the pipes by Simon Leiva, Vermont Academy surprised #3 Kimball Union, defeating KUA, 4-2, in this battle of Wildcats. Leiva made 35 saves for Vermont, as VA never trailed.
After a scoreless first period, sophomore Justin Cole gave Vermont a 1-0 lead in this one, converting passes from Connor Houlihan and Pat Bartolomucci. It stayed 1-0 into the third period.
KUA’s A.J. Greer knotted things up when he beat Leiva with a rebound.
Vermont then scored the next two goals. Jack Raleigh put the home team ahead 2-1 by redirecting a Cam Wright pass. Then, just 14 seconds later, Oran Horn buried a feed from Grey Nimey to make it 3-1.
Tyler Bird cut the margin to 3-2, but Vermont sealed the deal with an empty net strike from sophomore Houston Wilson.
– Williston opened its January slate with a solid 8-2 win over Worcester Academy. Max Willman and Justin Lindsay each scored two goals, while the Wildcats got single tallies from Brandon Borges, Will Flynn, Anthony Mantz and Tyler Scroggins.
– Joey Caffrey had all of his team’s goals as Choate took down Canterbury, 3-1.
– Kent whitewashed Trinity Pawling, 5-0, getting goals from five different players – James Ricciardi, Satchel Clendenin, Greg Krisberg, Andy Chugg and Andrew Provost.