Vermont HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 5: Rice Memorial Survives Tough Week To Maintain #1 Ranking

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Vermont Division 1 Top 5

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Rice Memorial1211
2Essex1041
3BFA St. Albans1320
4Colchester1060
5South Burlington581

This week we saw several key matchups between the powerhouses of Vermont
Division 1 clubs.

Rice Memorial maintained the #1 spot, barely, with a 3-1 win over
Essex and a 2-1 win over BFA-St Albans before going back into the Hornet’s Nest
Saturday for a second game against Essex. This was Rice’s third big game of the
week, and the Green Knights pulled off a 1-1 tie to remain the only unbeaten D1
team.

A 3-1 win over BFA-St Albans back in January keeps Essex just ahead of the
Bobwhites in the HNIB rankings. These two teams will meet again on February 16. The
storyline for BFA-St Albans is the announced retirement of legendary Coach Toby
Ducolon at the conclusion of this season. Coach D has won nine D1 championships
over his 32-year career. Will there be a 10th ?

The Colchester Lakers are a team to watch down the stretch. They lost a late
January game to Rice by only one goal, and will face top five teams in four of their
last six games. South Burlington is in the mix and lost to Rice by only one goal.

** By Steve Fortmann

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