Jan. 22, 2009
By Mal Boright
After bagging a 4-1 victory over a strong, 10-3 Colchester High team last Saturday, the 5-5-2 Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team will emerge from exam week this Saturday with a home match at Cairns Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. for the game against visiting, 2-11 Middlebury Union High.
Next up, on Wednesday, will be the Redhawks’ second meeting of the year with 4-8 Burlington High, a team they nipped 5-4 in mid-December. This game is also at Cairns, with a 7:30 p.m. start time.
In knocking off Colchester, CVU snapped a 1-1 second period tie with scores from Maggie Ryan (her seventh), Amanda Lacillade and Maggie Howard (her ninth). The Redhawks’ first goal came from Amanda Armell, her sixth.
CVU was outshot by the Lakers 31-22. The Hawks’ senior goalie, Nicole Bonneau, came up with 30 saves in another outstanding performance.
According to statistics provided by her dad, Marty Bonneau, the CVU net minder has passed the 2,000 career save mark with 2,013 stops in her four years of facing shots in the CVU cage. Her overall goals-against average is 2.88, but just 1.91 this season, in which she has compiled three shutouts.
Last Wednesday, the Redhawks gave South Burlington High a case of Nicole see — Nicole stop. The little goalie came up with 28 saves in CVU’s 1-1 deadlock with the Rebels, who beat them 4-2 in the second game of the season.
Armell, assisted by Ryan, fired home the lone CVU goal late in the third period to forge the tie.