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Vermont D1 Playdown Quarterfinals: No. 2 BFA, No. 3 Stowe ousted

QUARTERFINALS

No. 4 Middlebury 2, No. 5 South Burlington 1

Middlebury (10-8-3) got goals 33 seconds apart in the second period from Abel Anderson and Devon Kearns to advance to Saturday’s semifinal against defending State Champion Essex. Kolby Farnsworth assisted on both goals. South Burlington grabbed a 1-0 lead on Dylan LeClair’s first-period goal. Ted Hopper had 16 saves for South Burlington, which finished 8-11-1.

No. 7 Champlain Valley Union 1, No. 2 BFA/St. Albans 0 (OT)

In an epic upset, goaltender Logan Cody’s 43-save gem lifted CVU (7-11-3) into Saturday’s unlikely semifinal appearance against Rice Memorial. Nick Lyman set up Jake Schaefer for the game-winner just 38 seconds into overtime. Dan Ellis had 11 saves for the Bobwhites, who wound up 14-4-3.

No. 1 Essex 4, No. 9 Spaulding 0

The defending champion Hornets (16-3-2) moved on to the semifinals with a tidy all-around performance. Sam Foster notched the shutout with 20 saves. Jason Smith, Gordon Schmalz, Jonah Janaro and Grady Cram (SHG) netted the goals. Grant Otis finished with 19 saves for Spaulding, which wound up 6-13-2.

No. 6 Rice Memorial 4, No. 3 Stowe 1

Cale Layman’s 36-save performance coupled with timely scoring carried the Green Giants (8-10-2) into the semifinals. Alex Gamarra connected in the first period for Rice. Will Crawford, Finnian Rugg and Cameron Kinsell sealed the deal with third-period strikes. Max Carr had the lone goal and Jack Seivwright had 19 saves for Stowe, which finished 13-6-2.

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, March 9

No. 4 Middlebury (10-8-3) at No. 1 Essex (16-3-2), 5 pm

No. 7 Champlain Valley (7-11-2) at No. 6 Rice (8-10-2), 9 pm

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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