High school playoffs: Girls’ hockey, Commodore girls hoop still rolling

ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team and the Vergennes girls’ hoop team are still standing after playoff games in the latter half of last week.
The Tiger boys’ hockey team also won once before falling in a Division II semifinal, while other VUHS, MUHS, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley teams came up short — one in overtime.
The VUHS girls’ basketball team also hosted Winooski in a quarterfinal on Saturday; see separate story here.

The sixth-seeded MUHS girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher seed, this time blanking host Hartford, 3-0, as goalie Abby Hodsden posted a 22-save shutout. Coach Matt Brush noted Hodsden has stopped 97% of the shots she has faced in the Tigers’ two playoff wins.
Ella Tucker scored twice for the 5-4 Tigers, and Channing Brush picked up the third goal and helped set up both of Tucker’s goals. Lily Finn also picked up an assist for MUHS. Hartford goalie Zoe Pfeiffer made 20 saves for her 5-5 team,
The Tigers will take on No. 4 South Burlington (6-4) in the final, which will be played in Barre on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The Wolves defeated the Tigers this season, 4-3, on March 10, taking a 4-1 lead before the Tigers scored twice in the third period.

The No. 5 Tigers advanced to a Saturday semifinal by topping host No. 4 Lyndon on Wednesday, 3-1. Iain Olsen led the attack with two goals and an assist, Tucker Stearns scored once and set up a goal, Andy Giorgio chipped in an assist, and goalie Giles Heilman made 19 saves. Lyndon wrapped up the season with a 3-2 record.
On Saturday top-seeded Harwood improved to 8-0 by topping the Tigers, 3-0. Highlander Finn O’Hara scored a hat trick, including shorthanded breakaway goals early in the first and then a clincher late in the third. Harwood also got outstanding goaltending from Liam Guyette, who stopped 29 MUHS shots.
Heilman made 25 saves for the Tigers, who finished a successful season at 6-3, a record that included two playoff victories.

The No. 8 Commodore boys ran into heartbreak in their D-III quarterfinal on Saturday, falling in overtime, 58-57, at top seed Green Mountain Union in Chester. The Commodores led by three late in regulation, but Chieftain Everett Mosher hit a game-tying three-pointer with 13 seconds left to force overtime.
VUHS led by a point midway through OT, but GMU took the lead and then hit two free throws to lead by three with 10 seconds to go. The Commodores could not get off a three-pointer and settled for a layup with several seconds to go, and GMU ran out the clock for its one-point win.
Jack Boyle (24 points) and Sawyer Pippin (10) led the Chieftains.
The Commodores received 26 points from Tyler Bergmans and 18 from Tim Ashley. They finished 4-5 after a 0-3 start and were playing their third overtime game in four outings, having won the previous two.  
This past Wednesday in D-II play the Mount Abraham Eagles hung with No. 4 Milton for three periods, but the Yellowjackets pulled away for a 62-44 victory by opening the fourth quarter with a 15-5 run. Yellowjacket Kyle Brown scored 23 as Milton improved to 6-1.
Griffin Paradee led the Eagles with 13 points, followed by Brett Sargent with nine and Henry Cogswell with eight. Mount Abe finished at 3-7, with a number of close setbacks.
Also on Wednesday in D-II the Otters gave No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (6-1) a battle, cutting the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter before falling, 57-44. Andre Prunty and Jerimiah Green each scored 19 points for MSJ.
Dylan Gaboriault led a balanced OV attack with 11 points, followed by Alex Philo (nine), Parker Todd (seven) and Cole Letourneau and Lane Eddy (six each). The Otters saw a two-game winning streak snapped and finished 2-7.

On Wednesday in D-III girls’ playoff action the No. 3 Commodores thumped No. 14 Randolph, 64-13, after bolting to a 20-2 lead.
Jordan Jewell (12 points), Lauren Curtis (11) and Felicia Poirier (10) led a balanced VUHS offensive surge.
On Saturday D-III top seed Lake Region remained unbeaten by defeating the No. 8 Otters, 60-32. Rangers Sakoya Sweeney (19) and Tia Martinez (13) combined for 32 points.
For the Otters, who finished 4-6 after winning three of their final five games, Mallory Lufkin (12) and Alice Keith (10) led the way in the scoring column.

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