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Vermont Division 1 State Final: Essex blanks Spaulding for 15th state title


(at Gutterson Fieldhouse)

Unfazed by a five-day delay due to last week’s Nor’easter, No. 2 Essex (19-3-0) took control with a three-goal burst in the first period and wrapped up coach Chris Line’s inaugural campaign with the program’s 15th title by shutting out No. 4 Spaulding (15-7-0), 5-0.

Grady Cram (two assists) tallied the only goal the Hornets required before the game was five minutes old. Ryan Young (assist) and Sam Gibbs stretched lead to 3-0 by the end of the opening period.

Thereafter, it was a matter of maintenance for Essex, which kept Spaulding’s shots to a minimum. Hornets’ goalie Sam Foster finished with 17 saves. Defenseman Maverick King (assist) made it 4-0 in the second period and Jonah Janaro completed the scoring in the third. Waylon Almeida finished with two assists.

The win was Essex’s fourth of the season against Spaulding, which also fell in last year’s title game.

Essex knocked off No. 3 Stowe in the semifinals while Spaulding had advanced by defeating the draw’s Cinderella team No. 8 South Burlington, which ousted defending champion BFA-St. Albans in the quarterfinals.

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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