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.
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.
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