October 25, 2014

CVU boys, girls ice teams await playoffs

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 Redhawk Ryan Keelan stays one step ahead of his BFA St. Albans rival last week. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Redhawk Ryan Keelan stays one step ahead of his BFA St. Albans rival last week. For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

With Division1 playoffs looming, the Champlain Valley Union High boys and CVU-South Burlington High girls cooperative hockey teams went to Essex Wednesday (after the Observer’s press deadline) to close out the regular season.

The Reb-Hawks are probably looking at opening the playoffs on the road with their 9-8-2 record, although a win at Essex would have enhanced their seeding prospects.

They are 1-0-1 in the past week, scoring a 5-3 victory at Rutland Saturday and holding 14-3-2 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans to a 2-2 deadlock last Wednesday as goalie Courtney Peyko proved an immovable object in the CVU-SB net by stopping 50 Comet shots.

Sarah Fisher and Rachel Pitcher scored the Reb-Hawks goals.

The boys, expected to be top seed in Division 1, had plenty of drama last week in raising their season record to 17-1-1.

Rutland High, perhaps in a fiery mood thanks to the Redhawks’ 8-2 thrashing of the Red Raiders last month in Rutland, gave the charges of coach Mike Murray a ding dong doozie of a battle Saturday at Cairns Arena before senior Brendan Gannon popped home a goal to snap a 5-5 tie with one minute and 19 seconds left in regulation to give CVU the win.

It was Gannon’s second score of the night.

Freshman Thomas Samuelsen also bagged a pair of lamplighters for the Redhawks. Patrick Pattison and Cam Rivard scored singletons.

Sophomore Jacobus Poelmann occupied the nets for the winners.

On the previous Wednesday, CVU nipped a hot 11-5-2 visiting Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans sextet 2-1 in overtime on junior Daniel Mathon’s first career goal. There was 1:39 left in the extra period when Mathon launched his big pointer.

Defenseman Drew Pitcher assisted (with Elliott Mitchell) on Mathon’s goal and also fired a score of his own which gave CVU a 1-0 lead that held until BFA’s Carl Laroe forced overtime with a goal late in the final period.

CVU goalie Greg Talbert had 17 stops. The Redhawks took 24 shots at the Bobwhites cage.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

 
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