And then there were two. No. 4 Stowe shocked the Vermont boys hockey world with an upset of No. 1 Essex to get to the finals. They will take on No. 2 BFA/St. Albans Wednesday, March 11 at the University of Vermont (8 p.m.).
It was a long road with many great postseason games to get to this point. Let’s look at how things shook out in Division 1 leading up to the big game this week.
No. 4 Stowe 2, No. 1 Essex 1
Ethan Brown shut down one of the state’s best offenses, and Alex Tilgner had the game-winner for Stowe, which earned a shot at its first state title. Justin Prim fed Ryan Clark for an Essex goal and a 1-0 lead. But Atticus Eiden tied things up for Stowe.Brown finished with 24 saves.
No. 2 BFA/St. Albans 2, No. 3 Rice 1 (OT)
Owen Bonnette scored for the winners 24 seconds into overtime to send BFA to the state title matchup. Rice had gotten the equalizer in the third on a goal from Riley Hickey. Owen Benoit had the other BFA goal.
No. 1 Essex 6, No. 8 Rutland 2
Drew Forcier led the way with two goals and one assist. Charles Wiegand was all over the ice with three assists, and Ryan Clark and Will Couture added a goal and an assist each. Max Line and Toby Martin had one goal each. Rutland got goals from Ethan Coarse and Ryan Melen.
No. 2 BFA-St. Albans 4, No. 7 Colchester 0
Dan Ellis earned the shutout with 24 saves, and Parker Gratton and Owen Bonnette took care of the offense with a goal and an assist. Caden Hart and Colin Audy added goals for the winners.
No. 4 Stowe 4, No. 5 Spaulding 2
Henry Paumgarten scored a pair of goals, and Eames Eiden and Rowan Keller added the others. Atticus Eiden picked up two assists, and Ethan Brown made 29 saves. Christian Day and Jamison Mast scored for Spaulding.
No. 3 Rice 3, No. 6 Middlebury 0
Cale Layman had the shutout, and Connor Peet (two goals, assist), Sam Rubman and Jaden Dupree led the offense.