It has been a while since I have written one of these little epistles … I think it is more important to post scoreboards and game stories. But so much has happened lately that I figured it was time for me to mouth off … so here it goes.
First off, HOW ABOUT THOSE RED SOX!
Just had to get that in.
Next, a tip of the cap to my NSN Sportstalk partner Jack Healey. He took his hometown Rutland Raiders over the St. J Hilltoppers in their Division One football semifinal showdown on Friday night, AND BOY WAS HE RIGHT! I thought Jake Cady and the ‘Toppers would prevail but it wasn’t close. Mt. Mansfield now gets a shot at the Raiders in the championship game on Saturday. But beating the Raiders on their homefield is going to be a tall order.
Meanwhile it was Championship Saturday in soccer and field hockey on Saturday and one of the big stories had to be the return to the top of Soccer Central. CVU took home the Division One Boys and Girls Championships with wins over St. Johnsbury and Colchester on Buck Hard Field. CVU … soccer State Champs .. boys AND girls … no big surprise.
But CVU was not the only school to sweep soccer honors on Saturday. A tip of the cap also goes to Arlington, which took both titles in Division Four.
Also did you catch the end of the UVM/UConn men’s hockey game on Saturday night at the Gutt? Local TV missed it, focusing on the busy high school schedule. And who could blame them after Vermont’s 1-0 loss to the Huskies in the first game of the weekend series on Friday night. Looked like the Catamounts were headed to the same result on Saturday night … trailing UConn again by a 1-0 score heading into the final minute.
Only this time Vermont tied it up … or so they thought. Matt Alvaro’s extra attacker shot tickled the twine with 34 seconds to play. Vermont celebrated … only to see the officials wave it off . .. seems the Catamounts had too many men on the ice. Heartbreaker right? Tough way to lose yet another close game!
But not quite … this time Jake Massie’s shot from the point was tipped in by Liam Coughlin with 20 seconds left, tying the game at 1-1 and sending it to overtime.
Vermont then would win it in amazing fashion on Ace Cowans’ goal with five tenths of a second remaining in OT. Maybe the drama with get the Cats going as they travel to BC for a Hockey East series this weekend.