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Vermont Playdown Semifinals: Reigning champs Essex, Woodstock return to title games


No. 1 Essex 7, No. 4 Middlebury 0

The defending State Champion Hornets’ loss to No. 4 Middlebury in the final game of the regular season provided plenty of fuel for their dominant decision of the Tigers on March 9.  Forward Grady Cram’s hat trick and goalie Sam Foster’s 22-save shutout led the way back to Wednesday’s title game at Gutterson Fieldhouse (8 pm) for Essex (17-3-2).

Willem Barwin scored twice, both goals coming during a three-goal burst that covered less than four minutes and put Essex in control, 3-0. Maxwell Line and Charles Wiegand also scored for Essex. Middlebury closes the season at 10-9-3.

No. 6 Rice 1, No. 7 Champlain Valley 0

Ryan Byrnes deposited the game’s lone goal midway through the third period to push the Green Giants (9-10-2) into Wednesday’s unlikely title game appearance, their first since 2002. Sam Rubman and Reilly Hickey assisted on the goal and Cale Layman served up the shutout. Logan Cody turned back 18 shots for the Redhawks, who finished 7-12-3.

Note: Essex swept the season series from Rice, 3-0 and 7-1


Wednesday, March 13

At Gutterson Fieldhouse, 8 pm

No. 1 Essex (17-3-2) vs. No. 6 Rice Memorial (9-10-2)


No. 1 Woodstock 4, No. 5 Lyndon 3

In a rematch of last year’s State final, Charles Greene scored with 46 seconds remaining to keep defending champion Woodstock’s (15-2-3) repeat hopes alive. The Wasps return to Wednesday’s final at Gutterson Fieldhouse (6 pm). Mason Rudolf did his best to lift the Vikings to the upset, netting a hat trick. Lyndon finishes at 12-9-1.

No. 3 Colchester 4, No. 2 Missisquoi 1

The visiting Lakers (17-4-1) grabbed control with a pair of first-period goals to earn a spot in Wednesday’s title game, their first appearance since 2012. Alex Rublee (assist), Chase Carey (assist), Jason Bown and Jake Baird supplied the offense in support of Sam Fath’s 27 saves.

Jake Benjamin scored and PJ Bouchard had 25 saves for Missisquoi, which wound up 16-4-1.

Note: Woodstock and Colchester played to a scoreless tie on Jan. 5.


Wednesday, March 13

At Gutterson Fieldhouse, 6 pm

No. 1 Woodstock (15-2-3) vs. No. 3 Colchester (17-4-1)


Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards 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 a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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