Tiger hockey teams hit road for playoffs

MIDDLEBURY — After finishing their regular seasons at just under .500, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams will each open Division II postseason play away from home.

The Tiger boys will see action first. They played South Burlington on Monday and  dropped their finale at Brattleboro on Wednesday, 3-2, to end up at 8-9-3, resulting in their being given the No. 9 seed in the tournament.

The Tigers will visit No. 8 Stowe (8-7-3) at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a first-round game. The Tigers and Raiders tied, 4-4, in Middlebury this season.

If the Tigers prevail, they will travel to No. 1 Hartford (20-0) for a Tuesday quarterfinal at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes won the only matchup between the teams this season, 4-1, at the Memorial Sports Center.

The Tiger girls won two straight games in overtime, including by 3-2 over visiting Missisquoi on Wednesday, to finish their regular season at 9-11. They earned the No. 5 seed in the smaller D-II girls’ field and will head straight to a quarterfinal at No. 4 Harwood (10-9-1) next Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Tigers and Highlanders played twice this winter, each winning on the other’s ice. Whichever team prevails moves onto a semifinal yet to be scheduled, but almost certainly against No. 1 Woodstock. In their quarterfinal, the 18-1 Wasps will be playing the winner of a game between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds.

Woodstock also cruised to a pair of victories over the Tigers this season.

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