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Vermont D1 Top 5: Essex Off To Fast Start

Vermont Division 1 Top 5

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Essex1400
2BFA/St. Alban's2611
3StoweNR511
4Rice MemorialNR421
5MiddleburyNR520

Defending champion No. 1 Essex broke fast and has yet to be threatened, outscoring four opponents by a 20-4 margin.

No. 2 BFA/St. Albans maintains its position, losing only to Canton, NY, 4-1, over the holidays. The Bobwhites are unbeaten in state play.

Unranked in the pre-season, No. 3 Stowe rebounded nicely from a lopsided season-opening loss to Essex with a 5-0-1 stretch behind a potent offense.

No. 4 Rice means business and is playing a solid brand of hockey under its new staff. That was apparent in a well-contested 4-2 loss to BFA on Saturday.

After rattling off five wins to start the season, No. 5 Middlebury Union has come back to earth in one-goal losses to Stowe and Rice.

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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