2013 started with a bang as the NHL lockout came to an end. While most players were excited to get back on the ice, Boston Bruins star goaltender Tim Thomas wasn't. The former UVM Catamount decided to take the season off and was eventually traded to Long Island.
It was a milestone winter for several local hoopsters. Winooski's Brianne Robare, Northfield's Meagan McMullen and Williamstown's Jason Manwaring each eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau for their careers. Missisquoi Valley's Matt St. Amour became the first player in 18 years to 2000 points.
18 years is a long time, unless you're former Burke Mountain Academy Standout, Mikaela Shiffrin. The 17-year old U.S. skiing sensation capped off an unreal season with a win in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to become the youngest competitor in 39 years to take home the World Cup Slalom crown. She was headed to The Late Show with David Letterman weeks later.
The moment was just right for Norwich, Vermont's Hannah Kearney. The Gold Medalist returned from a career-threatening injury to get a win in the freestyle moguls in lake placid, setting the stage for a big run in Sochi.
It was a series of great individual efforts and a tough finish for the University of Vermont Ski Teams at the NCAA Championships in Middlebury. A year after winning it all, The Catamounts picked up individual titles from Jonathan Nordbotten and Anja Gruber during the first two days to take an impressive lead in the team standings. The Cats saw that lead disappear thanks to the surging Colorado Buffaloes in a comeback win. UVM settled for third.
The big stage proved to be just right for many programs in search of history. Mount Anthony Union moved past the quarter century mark on the mat, winning its 26th straight state title. On the hardwood, the Vergennes boys found perfection, while the CVU girls picked up their first state title since 1987.
There were similar stories on the ice. Harwood finally ended its search for high school hardware with a girls hockey state title. The South Burlington boys hockey team won it's first championship since 1994.
There were no national titles to hand out for any of the local college hockey teams. The Middlebury women used a Katie Sullivan goal to upset Norwich in an overtime thriller before losing in the National Championship to Elmira. The Norwich men were bounced by rival Oswego in the Division Three Frozen Four.
Maybe no loss this winter was more painful than what the UVM men's basketball team suffered at Patrick Gym. The Catamounts, primed to win the America East Title, were dogged by the Great Danes in front of the home fans.
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