The second season for the Metro Division’s top-seeded 17-1-2 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team began Wednesday night (after the Observer’s press deadline) with a home Cairns Arena quarterfinal contest against 4-13-4 Spaulding High of Barre.
A victory over the Crimson Tide would put coach Mike Murray’s skaters into the semifinals against either fifth-seeded South Burlington High (12-8) or fourth-seeded Colchester High (13-7) who also played Wednesday night.
The CVU semifinals would be played Monday at 5 p.m. at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House, according to CVU athletic director Kevin Riell.
In the regular season finale a week ago Wednesday, the Redhawks played to a scoreless draw at Essex High, which is the Metro Division’s second seed.
Goalie Greg Talbert made 19 stops for CVU, which fired 26 shots on the Hornets’ net.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent