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)