The Vermont Ice Storm improved to 8 - 0 overall in the Empire Football League with a 28 - 7 win over the Ottawa Deacon Demons last Saturday in Colchester. Vermonts secondary led the way in this one coming up with five interceptions. Kyle Bombardier and Drew Gordon picked off two apiece while Linn Morton added one more the Storm. Meanwhile Vermont quarterback Brad Rudderman was his usual self. The veteran signal caller completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Partain caught a 10- yard touchdown pass, and Jason Young caught Ruddermans other touchdown pass for a 42-yard scoring strike. Young added a three yard touchdown run and Troy Canada finished Vermonts scoring with a huge 80 yard punt return. The 8 - 0 Ice Storm are now 5 - 0 in league play heading into this Saturdays game on the road against the Lake City Stars. The Deacon Demons fell to 2 - 3 with the loss and will host the Watertown Red & Black this weekend.
The Vermont Lake Monsters dropped the first two games to the Batavia Muckdogs before salvaging the series finale last Sunday night. The Lake Monsters hit the All-Star break with a 30 - 22 record, trailing the division leading Oneonta Tigers by just a game and a half.
In Friday nights series opener Vermont dropped a heartbreaker 2 - 1. With the score deadlocked at 1 - 1 heading into the home half of the eighth inning Tyler Henley drew a one out walk. Then when trying to steal second Vermonts catcher Sean Rooney made an errant throw, and Henley wound up on third, where he scored from when Vermont pitcher delivered a wild pitch. The Lake Monsters looked like they might get the run back in the ninth when Bill Rhinehart led off with a single and Garrett Bass followed with a walk, chasing Muckdogs hurler Ryan Riddle from the game. Reliever Wayne Daman then got Sean Rooney to ground into a double play and struck out Jake Rogers, with the tying run on third, securing the win for Batavia. Ryan Buchter took the loss for Vermont.