No. 1 Harwood and No. 3 Milton will meet for the Division 2 State Championship Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse. Here’s how the road was paved to the final tilt, including the quarterfinal loss of two-time defending state champion Woodstock.
No. 1 Harwood 4, No. 4 Hartford 2
Skylar Platt’s two goals paved the way for the No. 1 seed. He also had an assist. Finn O’Hara and Jonathan O’Brien also scored, and Liam Guyette earned the win in net with 18 saves.
Hartford’s Kyle Hamilton and James McReynolds each had a goal, and Colby Boyce had 32 saves.
No. 3 Milton 2, No. 7 Burr and Burton 0
Owen Perry and Cooper Goodrich had the goals, and Jackson Ehler had 26 saves as Milton advanced to its first state title game in 39 years.
No. 1 Harwood 2, No. 8 Missisquoi 1
Finn O’Hara had a couple of goals, including the game-winner with 18.9 seconds left. Tyson Sylvia added two assists. Liam Guyette made 26 saves for the win. Steven King had the Missisquoi goal. Jackson Porter and Hunter Mason had the assists.
No. 4 Hartford 2, No. 5 Lyndon 1
Colston Allen and Jacob Dwinell scored, with Dwinell’s game-winner coming with 1:15 to play, and Colby Boyce made 43 saves for the win. Jacob Montgomery scored for Lyndon.
No. 7 Burr and Burton 3, No. 2 Woodstock 2
Burr and Burton ousted the two-time defending State Champs on the backs of goals from Joey McCoy (two) and Johnny Miceli. Evan Kurash and Owen Coates scored for Woodstock, which got two assists from Andrew Gubbins.
No. 3 Milton 2, No. 6 Brattleboro 1
Owen Perry and Riley Zeno (game-winner) had the goals, and Jackson Ehler took care of things in net with 25 saves. Mason Foard scored for Brattleboro.