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Tigers fall to Mounties

The Mount Saint Joseph Mounties boys high school hockey team won their eighth straight game last Friday by defeating the Middlebury Tigers 7 - 2 at the Rutland Regional Field house. After trailing 2 - 1 early in the second period MSJ reeled off six unanswered goals to secure the win. Forward Joel Korvakangas, with three assists led a balanced Mounties attack that featured a different scorer on each goal. While Shawn Miller and Janne Kelahaara contributed a goal and an assist. Miika Uotila, Bill Shouldice, Seth Wild, and Willy Hadeka rounded out the scoring for the Mounties with single goals. Charlie Swift and Troy Audet scored for the 3 - 12 - 1 Tigers. In a game that was entirely dominated by MSJ the score could have been much worse if not for the efforts of the Tigers sophomore goalie Jon Wells who made an amazing fifty saves. Zach Robinson made nine saves for the victorious Mounties. After dropping five of their first seven games the Mounties are now 10 - 5, and with the playoffs approaching fast they couldnt have picked a better time to be playing at their peak. The Middlebury Tigers girls hockey team remained winless, falling last Friday at home to the Spaulding Terriers 5 - 2. Alicia Laquerre led the attack for the 5 - 10 - 2 Terriers with a pair of goals, with Nicolette Gosselin, Elizabeth Miller and Julie Harris contributing a goal each to the win. The 0 - 17 Tigers got goals from Laura Barber and Lani Harthman. ---- In an all Addison County battle in high school boys basketball last Friday night in Bristol the Mount Abraham Eagles outlasted the Middlebury Tigers 55 - 51. The victorious Eagles had four players reach double digits in scoring with Kyle Kayhart and Will Manley scoring sixteen points apiece to lead the way. Kevin Labas followed them with thirteen points and Greg Lutton contributed ten more to the win. Middleburys Bill Audette led all scorers with twenty points. Tucker Burns and Tucker Myhre contributed eleven more apiece in defeat for the Tigers. Mount Abraham improved to an impressive twelve and two with the win/ In others boys action last Friday night in Vergennes the Commodores and Salons hooked up in a wild one. Vergennes, after relinquishing a twelve point lead in the fourth quarter found themselves trailing 52 - 51 with time running out But they did have the ball, and Logan Williams hit a three pointer at the buzzer to snatch a 54 - 52 win for the hometown Commodores. Ir was the second time this season that Williams nailed a buzzer beater for a win, talk about clutch players. Connor Merrill posted thirteen points to lead the 13 - 1 Commodores, followed closely by Williams with thirteen and Josh Carter with ten. Tyler Everett had a game-high nineteen points and Chris Gaboriault added fifteen more for the 6 - 8 Salons. ---- In a battle of all Addison County teams in girls high school basketball last Saturday in Vergennes the hometown Commodores battled back from a fourteen point, third quarter deficit to take a 52 - 51 lead late in the fourth quarter, but fell in the end to the visiting Mount Abraham Eagles 58 - 56. Vergennes had a chance to tie the game but a buzzer beater put up by Erin Provost bounced off the rim, giving Mount Abe the win. Jen Loyer led the victorious Eagles with twenty points. Vergennes Abby Benton led all scorers with twenty-five points, followed by Provost with seventeen. The loss was the second in a row for the Commodores, who just two days earlier fell to the Milton Yellow Jackets 62 - 39. Brittany Rice took command for Milton by scoring fifteen points, hauling in eleven rebounds and grabbing five steals. Andrea Deuell pumped in fourteen more and Courtney Pidgeon contributed another ten for the 10 - 1 Yellow Jackets. Abby Benton and Alison Bourdon led Vergennes by scoring twelve and ten points respectively. Vergennes went from 9 -3 to 9 - 5 with the back-to-back defeats. In other girls action on Thursday, January 24th Ashley Ross and Katie Ritter led their Middlebury Tigers to a 64 - 55 home win over the Colchester Lakers. Ross paced the Tigers in scoring with eighteen points while hauling down eight rebounds. Ritter scored ten points, had six rebounds and four assists for Middlebury, while Petra Szymkowicz contributed ten more points to the win. Ashley Touchette (thirteen points) and Jamie LaCasse (twelve points) combined to score twenty-five points for the visiting Lakers. Middlebury improved to 4 - 7 with the win.

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