The opening night of the Loyzelle Tournament produced one-sided games with South Burlington shredding Mill River 6-1 and Rutland rolling to a 3-0 victory over Mount Abraham. Yet, three of the teams emphatically made positive statements. — Mill River: The Division II Minutemen stood up to Division I titan South Burlington for some time before the Wolves took over. There aren’t many people who do not believe the 1-1 Minutemen won’t be better than last year’s edition that finished 2-11-1 and they showed why. They brought plenty of energy and tied the game at 1-1 eight minutes into the contest when Bryce Duncan scored on an assist from freshman Tyler Corey. Mill River goalkeeper Tyler Regula made highlight-reel save after save and even stopped a penalty kick with a spectacular diving save. “He was phenomenal,” Mill River coach Shane Little said. Regula figures to keep the Minutemen in most games against their Division II brethren, giving them plenty of chances to win. “He played very, very well,” South Burlington coach David Martin said of Regula. — Rutland: The Raiders spent the greater part of the 80 minutes on the attack in hiking their record to 2-1. “We played very well tonight. When we play quick like that and play to the feet, we are very good,” Rutland coach Ron Henderson said. — South Burlington: Martin wondered where his scoring would come from after graduating a couple of the state’s most prolific snipers. He found out: From all over. “It’s scoring by committee,” said Martin, whose Wolves have outscored the opposition 20-2 on the way to a 4-0 record. “We don't have one guy with more than three goals.” On this night there were five different scorers. So. Burlington 6, MR 1 South Burlington’s skills are something to behold. Nearly every time they pass to a teammate’s feet, the ball hits its mark. It makes them a nightmare to defend and didn’t take long to bear fruit. Cody Bellinghiri scored about seven minutes into the contest with Abdi Hassan assisting. The Minutemen answered within a minute on that Duncan-Corey combination and it was 1-1. But the Wolves were unrelenting, attacking all night. They went to halftime leading 3-1. Ben Mazza-Bergeron sent a torrid line drive past a diving Regula and Samy Slamani got the other one. Regula had to rush out of the goal and Slamani was able to get around him before tucking the ball into the yawning net. Ben Knudsen scored the fourth goal and Tenzin Choedak tacked on the last two. The Minutemen showed plenty of spunk, playing a man down for well over half the game due to a red card issued for a player intentionally grabbing a ball to prevent an obvious goal. Rutland 3, Mount Abe 0 The Eagles did threaten a few times on the counter attack, but the night belonged to Rutland. The Raiders struck quickly, getting on the board 3:32 into the game. It was a gorgeous goal that showcased their skills and quickness. Jacob Henderson played a ball long to Andres Aguilar to set the play in motion. Aguilar got the ball to Finn McGuiness with a perfect pass and McGuiness finished it off. Rutland pounded away, creating numerous opportunities to score. Aguilar just missed with a header inches over the crossbar. That set the tone with the Raiders threatening throughout the night. Carter Stearns, who played at Whitcomb last year, allowed the Raiders to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. He touched off a line shot from the 18 that gave Mount Abe keeper Ethan DeWitt no chance. Just prior to that, Braeden Carlton played a ball to McGuiness that McGuiness unleashed requiring DeWitt to make a tough save. The junior goalie was under that type of fire all game. Aguilar finished the scoring with 27:26 remaining in the game when he converted a cross from McGuiness from close range. The Raiders are starting over in goal this year after graduating Ryan McKay, now in the net at Castleton University. Jaden Kelley continued to alleviate any concern about the position. He was not tested a lot on this night but when the Eagles were pushing hard to avert the shutout he made a couple of outstanding saves. “He came up big when he had to,” coach Henderson said. NOTES: The tournament continues Thursday with the consolation game at 5 p.m. and the championship game between South Burlington and Rutland at 7 p.m. ... The tournament is named for longtime official and educator Harry Loyzelle, who died in 2008. ... Mill River ends its big week on Saturday against Division II Woodstock. ... Martin was the coach of the 2017 Vermont team that beat New Hampshire in the Lions Twin State Lions Cup Match played at New England College. Follow Tom on Twitter @RHSportsGuy  

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