Rutland advanced to Saturday's championship by dispatching the Essex Hornets 89-75 on Friday night. Comstock (25 points) and Cedric White (23 points) produced 48 combined points for the win and Kyle Horvath added another 20. The Seahorses advanced to the championship, after breezing past the Brattleboro Colonels 67-38 in Friday night's semifinals. Burlington raced out to a 38-12 halftime lead and never lost control. Rugg again led their offense with 17 points and Joe O'Shea contributed 15 more to the Seahorses, who improved to 5-0 with the two tournament wins. The Raiders stood at 1-2 following the tournament.
Rice skates past Raiders 4-3
Will Briane knocked in a goal with 4:20 left in the game to break a 3-3 tie and lift Rice to a 4-3 win over the Rutland Raiders in high school boys hockey last Saturday in South Burlington. The victory snapped a 23 game losing streak for Rice. Nathan Hauke, Will Dowling and Dan Anderson also scored for the victors, who improved to 1-3 with the win. Goalie Aaron Blow preserved that win with 29 saves. Taylor Porrier, Eric Mack and Greg Roy scored for Rutland and Raider goalie Andrew Boyle made 27 saves.
Things didn't fare any better for the MSJ Mounties. Sam Blatt provided two goals and two assists to lead the Milton Yellowjackets to an easy 11-1 win over MSJ last Saturday in Rutland. Brian Ribbans netted the lone MSJ goal while Janne Siltanen, in his goalie debut, made 50 saves .Milton improved to 1-3-1 with the win.
In Middlebury last Saturday the Rutland Raiders scored the final two goals to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Middlebury Tigers 5-3 in girls high school hockey. Taylor Kresconko, Chelsea Hill, Kayla Beauchamp, Ashley Boucher and Erin Bourn scored for the victorious Raiders, while Deanna Rodolfy made 15 saves for the Raiders, who improved to 3-1 with the win. The 0-4 Tigers got goals from Emmy Hescock, Sara Boudah and Megan Wade while goalie Ashley Howlett kept the game competetive with 28 saves.