Boys’ hockey team takes two, ties one

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey picked up two wins and a tie in recent action and moved back to .500 at 6-6-2.

The Tigers are scheduled to play at Northfield on Saturday and Mount Mansfield on Wednesday.

On Feb. 2 the Tigers scored three goals in the first period, including Toby Draper’s strike 12 seconds after the opening faceoff, on the way to a 4-2 win over visiting Burlington.

Kellan Bartlett set up Draper’s score and added the other two early goals, the first at 2:36 from Matthew Kiernan and Eliot Heminway, and the second at 9:11 with an assist from Henry Hunsdorfer.

Luke Hellyer briefly tied the game at 1:28 of the first period before Bartlett restored the Tiger lead, and Cannon Poulin made it 3-2 early in the third for BHS. Bartlett completed a hat trick late in the second, from Draper. Eddie Hodde made 23 saves for the Tigers, and Steven LaBombard made 39 for the Seahorses.

On Saturday the Tigers settled for a 2-2 tie with visiting Woodstock despite a 43-19 edge in shots on goal. Matthew Kiernan, from Nate Muzzy, and Bartlett, from Jordan Martin, scored for MUHS, and Hodde made 17 saves. Woodstock equalized with about two minutes remaining in regulation.

On Monday the Tigers outscored host St. Johnsbury, 7-4, as Bartlett scored five times, four in the first period as the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Draper scored twice and picked up four assists, Clyde Malhotra and Kiernan added two assists apiece, and Casey Calzini made 15 saves. The Tigers outshot the Hilltoppers, 48-19.

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