BARRE — The Spaulding boys hockey team struck first Saturday, but Middlebury retaliated to salvage a 1-1 tie.
Conner Magoon scored in the first period for the Tide on a Jamison Mast assist. Cooper O’Brian answered for Middlebury in the second period, with Devin Kerns notching the assist. Neither team managed to score a game-winning goal through regulation time or overtime and things ended in a fitting tie. Spaulding (3-7-1) will travel to play Essex at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“There were moments when each team carried the play and a had little momentum, and it kind of swung the other way here and there,” Spaulding coach Chad Burke said. “So it was a pretty even match for sure.”
Stowe 4, Essex 2
ESSEX — Atticus Eiden, Max Carr, Nate Rice and Eames Eiden scored for the Raiders during Saturday’s battle between Division I powers.
Rice dished out two assists and teammate Jack Seivwright made 20 saves between the pipes. Willem Barwin and Ryan Clark scored for Essex (8-2-1). Goalie Sam Foster stopped 28 shots for the Hornets. The game was tied at 1 after the first period before Stowe (8-3-2) opened up a 4-2 advantage in the second.
Missisquoi 7, U-32 1
MISSISQUOI — Braylen Parent netted a hat trick and captured his 100th career goal for the Thunderbirds on Saturday.
Missisquoi led 1-0 after the first period and 3-1 after the second period. U-32 scored 11 minutes into the second period when Neil Rohan set up Malone Bruce.
“The first two periods we played pretty well,” Raiders coach Shane Locke said. “Missisquoi is the No. 2 team in D-II, and they turned it up and beat us to the puck in the third period.”
Goalie Kolby Tanner made 32 saves for the Raiders, while Logan Labelle stopped 12 shots for the Thunderbirds. U-32 (2-8-2) will travel to play Brattleboro at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
CVU 3, Harwood 2
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Redhawks snapped a seven–game losing skid and avenged a season-opening loss by outlasting the Highlanders in overtime Saturday.
CVU was in control early with a 1-0 lead at the first intermission and a 2-0 advantage at the second break, thanks to goals by Flynn Hall and Kiley McClure. Harwood bounced back in the third period with goals from April Tousignant and Erica Dow.
“I give the girls credit: They didn’t stop,” Harwood coach Mike Vasseur said. “We started dumping it in a little deeper and cycling it, and that made a lot of difference. They just went at it with a better attitude and really picked up their game and played the way I know they can. And I was really proud of the way they came back in the third.”
Payton Skillen tallied the game-winner in overtime on assists from Brianna Brosseau/Nicole Wright. Goalie Emma Rashford made 19 saves for the Redhawks, while Kaylee Thayer stopped 22 for the Highlanders (5-7-1). The Highlanders will host Brattleboro at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Stowe 3, Spaulding 0
BARRE — The injury-depleted Crimson Tide kept Saturday’s game close with hard work and solid goaltending.
The Raiders got on the scoreboard three minutes into the first period when Bria Dill scored on a Lexi James assist. Carolina Rolfe added another goal with two minutes left in the first period. James capped the scoring with five minutes to go in the second period. Goalie Leo Clark made seven saves for Stowe, while Amber McGinley turned away 40 for Spaulding.
“We’re still down our top center and our top defensemen, so we were playing a lot of young kids,” Spaulding coach Dave Lawrence said. “But our effort was there. I was pretty proud with how hard they worked. And of course Amber had a nice game in net.
The Tide (2-12-1) will travel to play Burr & Burton at 6 p.m. Wednesday.