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.