Boys hockey team brings 2-0 record to Montreal12/11/08

Redhawks fresh off Burchard tourney triumph

Dec. 11, 2008

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With the Burchard Tournament title in hand, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team goes into the heart of hockey land on Saturday. The team is set to travel to Montreal for an 11 a.m. contest with Lower Canada College, the alma mater of coach Doug Hopper.

“It’s my old school,” the coach said, adding that he wants to keep the flame alive.

The game provides solid competition for the Redhawks, Hopper noted.

“They have won back-to-back city championships and are strong again this year,” he said.

The two teams met a year ago, with Lower Canada winning, 5-3.

Before motoring to La Belle Province, the 2-0 Redhawks took on Burlington High after press deadline on Wednesday night at Cairns 1 Arena.

CVU is without Tim Reichert for the next few weeks after the forward fractured an ankle Friday night in a 5-2 victory over Rice Memorial High in the Burchard Tournament opener.

“We are going to miss Tim,” Hopper said. “We are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be back in February.”

Five CVU players scored in the game. Afterward, Hopper was particularly impressed with the penalty killing of forwards Ben Soll and J.P. Benoit, who helped keep Rice off the board for some eight minutes during a 5-3 Knights’ player advantage.

In the tournament championship Saturday, the Redhawks struck early and downed Colchester High 3-1 on goals by Sam Spencer, Kyle Logan and Derek Goodwin.

CVU got ahead 2-0 in the first period, wilted a bit in the second and then, according to Hopper, played well in the final reel.

Hopper praised the net minding of junior Mark Albertson, who had 25 saves against the Lakers. The coach also had good words for his defensive crew.

“Colchester has a very strong team,” he concluded.