Vermont Division 1 Top 5
No. 1 Essex continues along its merry way, yet to lose an in-state game. Middlebury pressed the Hornets Saturday night before they pulled away for a tidy three-goal win. Essex has a week to prepare for Saturday night’s visit by Stowe. Essex rolled in the season opener between the two, 8-1, and has outscored Vermont opponents, 35-7, to date.
A nine-day weather-induced layoff did No.2 BFA/St. Albans no good as the Bobwhites were surprised by Spaulding, 1-0, their first in-state loss of the season Saturday. It’s a busy week, starting with this afternoon’s (Monday’s) trip to Stowe, followed by Wednesday’s visit from Rutland and Saturday’s clash at Champlain Valley Union.
No. 3 Middlebury pushed as hard and for as long as it could in Saturday’s loss to Essex, running out of steam in the third period. The Tigers look to rebound against CVU on Wednesday then head to Spaulding Saturday.
No. 4 Rice turned in a solid all-around effort in Saturday’s 4-1 win against Rutland. This week’s only game is Wednesday’s tilt at South Burlington. As promised during the pre-season, first-year coach Jerry Tarrant and his staff have the Green Knights playing their best brand of hockey in years.
No. 5 Stowe knocked off D2 stalwart Colchester in inter-divisional play on Saturday, 3-1. A three-game week kicks off with this afternoon’s visit by BFA. Spaulding comes calling Wednesday and Stowe heads to Essex Saturday, looking to avoid a sweep of the season series.