Tiger hockey teams faced key contests

MIDDLEBURY — Both the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams faced crucial season-ending Division II games on Wednesday night after the deadline for this issue of the Independent.
With the Vermont Principals’ Association set to release pairings on Thursday morning, the 15-3-1 Tiger girls were hosting 15-2-2 Burr & Burton with first place on the line, while the 14-5 Tiger boys were at 12-7 St. Johnsbury knowing that a road win would give them second place.
Results and pairings will be posted at addisonindependent.com as soon as possible on Thursday.
The Tiger girls were seeking to avenge a 3-2 loss at Burr & Burton on Dec. 21. According to the VPA website, they will enter the game with 35 quality points to the Bulldogs’ 34, and thus needing a win or a tie to clinch first place.
By doing so, the Tigers would also avoid a semifinal with third-place Northfield (15-3-2), which has defeated and tied them this winter. No other D-II girls’ team has a winning record this season. Regardless of Wednesday’s result, barring a quarterfinal upset the Tigers will host a semifinal, because Northfield concluded its regular season with 33 quality points.
Both Tiger teams will take home ice for a quarterfinal on next Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Tiger boys, if they defeated St. Johnsbury, would probably finish tied for second place with Stowe, which has finished its season at 15-4-1. But the Tigers defeated the Raiders in their head-to-head matchup, and thus would earn the nod for the second seed according to VPA tie-breaking procedures.
On Monday, the Tigers tamed host Lyndon, 9-0, for their 12th win in 13 outings. MUHS outshot the Vikings by 65-2, and nine Tigers scored, three in each period.
In the first period, Nick Audet, assisted by Justin Stone and Andrew Gleason; Colton Leno, from Keenan Bartlett and Jordan Stearns, and Devin Dwire, from Gleason and Nathan Lalonde, gave MUHS a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers doubled the lead in the second with goals from Eli Tucker, from Stone; Seamus Eagan, from Tyler Crowningshield; and Kevin Galenkamp from Stone and Stearns. The goals by Tucker and Eagan were the first of their varsity careers.
In the third, Rio McCarty, from Crowningshield; Stone, Stone from Galenkamp and Leno; and Stearns, from McCarty, capped the scoring. Goalie Doug DeLorenzo worked the two-save shutout.  

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