Mitch's Sports Report

Weekdays at approximately 6:45 a.m.

Sports can be fun, thrilling, and heartbreaking... local, national or global. I love talking sports, and I've been known to express an almost imperceptible preference for certain teams.

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In the NHL Mika Zibanejad scored a tying goal late in the third period and then decided that wasn't quite heroic enough, going on to net the game winner in overtime to lead the NY Rangers to a 4-3 win over the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The amazing winning streak. The regular season that saw them finish with the best record and top seed in the America East conference. It all looked so good for the University of Vermont men's basketball team, until they stumbled in the conference championship game against UMBC and had to settle for an invite from the N.I.T. tournament rather than the coveted NCAA dance.

It's as true on the ice of the high school hockey sheet as it is in the biggest arenas where the pros of the NHL skate: to win a championship, at some point, you're going to need great goaltending. That's what the BFA-St. Albans Comets got last night from Maddy Hungerford, who faced 24 shots by the Essex Hornets at Gutterson Field House and turned them all away in a 2-0 victory that delivers BFA the division one girl's state hockey title for the first time in five years.

They were looking to make it six state division one girl's high school basketball titles in a row. They came in as the favorites to do so, even though they were not the number one seed. But yesterday, the CVU Redhawks found out why the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers were the top-seeded team, as St. J beat CVU, dethroning the five times in a row champs in a 48-33 stunner at Patrick Gym.

The state championship for division one girl's hockey is set, following a 4-1 win by BFA-St. Albans over Rutland last night.

For two decades they waited for redemption. Different players, yes, but all of them representing one country, all of them pining for the chance to reclaim the mantle as best women's hockey team in the world.
And last night in Pyeonchang, the U.S. women's hockey team regained that honor, beating team Canada in a thrilling 3-2 overtime shoot-out to win the gold medal, just as Montpelier's Amanda Pelkey predicted they would do.

History has been made at the Olympics with Stratton Mountain school's Jesse Diggins winning an Olympic gold medal along with Dartmouth College alum Kikkan Randall, the first medal ever at the winter Games for American women in cross country skiing.

The U.S. men's hockey team is heading to the quarterfinal round of the Olympics after a 5-1 defeat of Slovakia today in Pyeonchang.

At the Winter Olympics, the US women's hockey team is one step closer to its goal of winning gold.

One of the pleasures of watching sports is seeing the unexpected unfold, but that same unpredictability can also be a source  of disappointment.

The late, great Tom Petty said it best: The waiting is the hardest part. That was certainly the case for the woman who trained at Burke Mountain Academy and is now considered one of the greatest alpine skiers in history, Mikaela Shiffrin, who waited out two postponements due to high winds at the Winter Games in PyeonChang, and had to wait again for a second run on the Giant Slalom yesterday before finishing with the gold medal, her second.

Down by as many as 17 in the first half, the UVM men's basketball team was looking at the very real possibility of seeing their best in the nation in-conference winning streak come to an end.

If you're a fan of the New England Patriots, still stinging from the upset Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, turning your attention to hockey and the Boston Bruins just might provide a soothing balm.

Score a big upset for the University of Vermont women's basketball team, a 58-53 road win against the University of New Hampshire in Durham last night that avenged a close loss earlier in the season.

I told you those Eagles were going to be tough. OK, to be fair, I picked the Patriots to win by three, but like a lot of people, I didn't expect a 41-33 Philly victory that was pretty much all offense.

With outstanding goaltending at both ends of the ice keeping the outcome of the game in doubt until the closing second of play, the Boston Bruins outlasted the St. Louis Blues 3-1 at TD Garden in Boston last night.

The University of Vermont men's basketball team had four players reach double digits in points last night, and when the dust settled, the Catamounts had their winning streak well into double figures as well, now at eleven wins in a row after a 68-54 victory against Binghamton in upstate New York.

Vermont high school division one football teams have never merged programs, but in an effort to confront dwindling participation in the sport, Burlington and South Burlington high schools are throwing a bit of a Hail Mary with a plan to combine their programs.

The Boston Bruins are on the kind of roll right now that has them winning games even when their leading goal scorer has been suspended, and when a shot never meant to go into the net does, and turns out to be the game winner.

The Boston Bruins were able to keep their consecutive point streak alive, now at 17 games with at least one point following a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in Boston last night.

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