This week’s rankings:
1. Champlain Valley (6-0): The Redhawks keep winning, scoring and … producing doughnuts. OK, not the bakery treat, but in a half-dozen games this year, the two-time defending Division I champions have allowed zero goals. How long can this run — 0-0-0-0-0-0… — continue? Last week: 1.
2. Peoples (6-0): Back-to-back victories against backyard rival Stowe extended the Wolves’ multi-year winning streak to 38 games. To push their run past 40, they’ll need to be at their best in the next seven days with games against Harwood, Lamoille and U-32. And until someone beats them, they’re not dropping in the rankings. Last week: 2.
3. Essex (3-2-1): Charlotte Stuart scored once and added three throw-in assists to help the Hornets rebound from back-to-back losses with a 5-1 win Last week: 4.
4. Burlington (3-3): A second shutout loss to CVU in the first six games — their only game of the week — took a little wind from the Seahorses’ sails, knocking them back a spot this week. Last Week: 3.
5. U-32 (4-0-1): After a three-game week, the Raiders also remain undefeated in their first D-I campaign, surviving rivalry clashes with Montpelier and Spaulding. Their more substantial resume vaults them above Milton and Mount Abraham this week. Last week: 8.
6. Mount Abraham (4-2): The Eagles’ only losses came against CVU (in the season-opener) and U-32 (in overtime). They added to their otherwise solid start with a 3-1 win against Vergennes last week. Last week: 7.
7. Milton (5-1): Mount Abraham’s victory over Vergennes, coupled with last week’s defeat of the Yellowjackets, weighs more Milton’s only action. That tips the scales tipping the scales against Milton for this week. Last week: 6.
8. Williamstown (7-0): Two more wins made the Blue Devils the state’s first 7-0 team — boys or girls. Without fellow D-III unbeatens Peoples or Thetford on the schedule, they could be on a collision course for the final. Last week: 10.
9. Burr and Burton (5-2): The Bulldogs avenged an early loss to Mount Anthony last week and wins against Brattleboro and Hartford made it a four-win streak. BBA’s other loss, against two-time defending New York Class C state champion Hoosick Falls, is nothing to be ashamed of. Last week: Not ranked.
10. Mill River (6-0): Nobody has stopped the Division II-topping Minutemen yet, earning them a top-10 spot, but half their games have been against D-IV competition. Tougher tests await in the Marble Valley League. Last week: On the bubble.
On the bubble: BFA-St. Albans (5-1), Thetford (5-0), Mount Anthony (4-3)
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