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Eagles soar to victory, defeat Thunderbirds

Skating to a tie

In boys high school hockey action last Saturday, in Morrisville, Middlebury's Steven Kallen scored twice in the opening period to stake his Tigers to an early 2-0 lead over the hometown People's Academy. Middlebury would hold that advantage through the second period, but Peoples would get third period goals from Nick Dewey and Avery Cochran.

To tie the contest at 2-2, and that is how this contest would end. Craig Camara stopped 17 shots for the Tigers, while People's goalie Jameson Beattie preserved the tie with 27 saves.

On the same day in South Burlington Amanda Armell (three goals) and Molly Howard (two goals) combined to score five goals, as Champlain Valley Union breezed past the Middlebury Tigers 9-1 in girls hockey action. Maggie Ryan, Kate Ford and Hannah Johnson also tallied goals for CVU, who improved to 6-5-2 with the win. Casey O' Donohue scored the lone Tiger goal, while Ashley Howlett posted 37 saves for Middlebury, who fell to 2-12 with the tie. CVU goalie Nicole Bonneau made 19 saves.

Panthers on a roll

The Middlebury Panthers men's basketball team extended their winning streak to 11 straight games with a pair of road wins last weekend, and now stand at an impressive 16-2 on the year.

Last Friday night in New London, Connecticut senior guard Ben Rudin pumped in 14 points to lead the Panthers past Connecticut College 69-50. Rudin added four assists and four steals to his points, while Tim Edwards (nine rebounds) and Andrew Locke (eight rebounds) hauled in seventeen boards between them. The Panthers out rebounded their hosts 39-28. Ulises Veras poured in thirteen points and Shavar Bernier added 11 more for Connecticut College, which fell to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play with the loss.

Rudin (18 points) and Edwards (17 points) took control again Saturday in Middletown, Connecticut, combining to score 35 points, leading their Panthers to a 67-60 win over Wesleyan College. Locke, once again came through on the boards, leading Middlebury, who are now 4-0 in conference play, with 11 rebounds. Wesleyan's Jason Mendell led all scorers with 22 points. David Maltz added another eleven for Wesleyan, who fell to 5-11 overall, and 1-3 in the NESCAC Conference.

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