Vermont Division 1 Top 5: Essex Moves Into Chase Position Behind Leader Rice

Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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Vermont Division 1 Top 5

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Rice1710
2Essex3511
3Spaulding4510
4BFA/St. Albans5520
5Middlebury UnionNR440

No. 1 Rice Memorial remains on top after it beat Rutland, 7-1, and South Burlington, 5-2. The team has now won six in a row, the longest streak in the Green Mountain State for a Division 1 team this season. It has only allowed five goals in its last five games.

No. 2 Essex is bumped up after it had a solid week. The Hornets outscored two foes, 9-0 – CVU and BFA/St. Albans – this week. The team is now 2-0-1 since its loss to Rice back on Dec. 28.

No. 3 Spaulding also jumped up a spot after it beat Colchester, 3-2, in OT and Woodstock, 3-1. In the four games after losing to Essex, Spaulding is 4-0 and has outscored is opponents, 11-5.

No. 4 BFA/St. Albans beat Middlebury Union, 2-1, then fell to Essex, 2-0. It was deserving of a move up one spot due in large part to its performance against Essex. Meanwhile, No. 5 Middlebury Union cracked the rankings on the strength of its 3-1 win over Stowe.

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