SOUTH BURLINGTON – Senior center Julia Hudson surpassed the career 100-point level with assists on Sarah Fisher’s two goals as No.4 South Burlington/Mount Mansfield eliminated No. 5 Colchester from the Metro high school girls hockey tournament with a 3-0 quarterfinal win Thursday at Cairns Arena.
Hudson joined Molly Higgins as the only Rebel girls to reach 100 points on the ice while Fisher, a part-time hockey player, blunted the Lakers’ comeback momentum with her second goal in the fading seconds of the second period.
“Julia Hudson, what can you do? Best player in the state, assists and working hard,” said Fisher, attributing her own heroics to her teammate. “I was just looking for the open hole in the net and it went right in.”
“We played amazing, a complete team effort. I couldn’t have gotten my 100 points without them,” Hudson said of her teammates. “I shared it with Sarah Fisher, an amazing player, and my whole team. I’m happy about it.”
The Rebels scored once in each period and the combination of team defense and goalie Courtney Barrett (22 saves) kept the hard-pressing Lakers at bay.
“We played solid the entire game except at both ends of the ice,” said SB/MMU coach Mickey Toof, who said of Fisher’s second goal, “It was a really big goal. That was the turning point.
“Sarah’s a fantastic hockey player. I wish she played it full time with us,” said Toof of Fisher, who also plays basketball. “I think it’s fair to say if Fisher played hockey fulltime, she would be the best hockey player in the state of Vermont.”
After Fisher put SB/MMU in front 1-0 in the first, the Lakers charged hard after going on a power play 10 minutes into the second. Barrett (22 saves), who returned to the crease only two games prior, excelled in the clutch, but Colchester kept up the attack until Fisher’s spin-around tally at 14:33 produced the 2-0 lead.
“Barrett played a very good game,” said CHS coach Bob Lehouiller, whose Lakers bounced back from last year’s 3-17 season to finish 13-8-0. “It was hard. We were trying our best. We had a really gutsy effort today … but Barrett was unbelievable.”
“If they would have scored when they had us down on the power play, it was a whole different game,” said Toof. “Getting that goal really set them back. They were determined at that time to climb back into the game and that slowed them down a lot.”
Anne-Marie Farmer tallied the only goal of the third period with a rush from mid-ice before beating goalie Erica Hoffman (15 saves) with a backhander at 3:02.
South Burlington/Mount Mansfield (12-6-2) travels to No. 1 BFA-St. Albans (15-3-2) for a 7 p.m. semifinal Saturday.