Girl’s Hockey: Rice, Rutland Win First State Championships at Gutterson

BURLINGTON — The Rice Green Knights and the Rutland High Raiders both won their first ever girl’s state championships in Ice Hockey on Wednesday night inside the Gutterson Fieldhouse.

In the first game of the night Rice got a first period powerplay goal from Anisa Tarrant and made that stand up the rest of the way, edging Missisquoi 1-0 for the VPA Division Two Title.  Rice freshman goaltender Becca Tudor had to make just six saves to earn the shutout as the Green Knights dominated play throughout, outshooting the Thunderbirds 25-6. Only outstanding goaltending from MVU’s Makyla Bombardier (24 saves) kept the T-Birds in the game.

In the nightcap Rutland earned their first ever D-1 title, topping BFA-St.Albans 2-1. The Raiders grabbed a 1-0 lead after a first period BFA turnover, with Meghan Hamilton firing home the goal for a 1-0 advantage. The lead would double to 2-0 just 51 seconds into the second on a Caitlin Laird goal. BFA got one back late in the second with Peyton Dukas tipping in a Kait Laroe centering pass to make it 2-1 going to the final period.  But the raiders held firm in the third, outshooting the Comets 10-3 to secure the win . Carolyn Laird stopped 13 BFA shots in the win.  Madeleine Hungerford stopped 26 of 28 Rutland shots, but was hung with the tough luck loss.