It was a huge home game against 7-2-1 Essex High at Cairns Arena Wednesday night, after the Observer’s press deadline, but for the 8-2-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team, another important clash comes Saturday at 6:25 p.m., when the Redhawks play host to 4-6-1 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.
Coach Mike Murray’s combine nipped BFA 4-3 at St. Albans in mid-December.
CVU carried a four-game win streak into the Essex contest, the latest victory a 3-0 blanking of the Middlebury Union High Tigers on the road Saturday.
The combination of Jeremy Lerner (two goals) and Jack Hall (set-up passes on both scores) helped ruin Middlebury’s day. Kirk Fontana fired in CVU’s third tally and Brendan Gannon collected two assists.
Redhawks’ goalie Greg Talbert had nine stops to gain the Big Zip. CVU unloaded 32 shots on the Tigers’ keeper Edgar Sherman.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent