While the National Hockey League remains in a lockout-caused deep freeze, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team will have an NHL-like schedule of games this week, thanks to a reworked Beech Tournament.
CVU, 1-0 after gaining the tournament championship game with a 5-2 victory over South Burlington on Friday, will wait until Thursday at 5 p.m. to meet Colchester High for the title at Burlington’s Leddy Arena. The two nights of tournament play were originally slated for last Thursday and Friday.
A busy four days of action began Wednesday night when the Redhawks motored to St. Albans to test the Bellows Free Academy Bobwhites. After Thursday’s session, they will get a day off before hitting the road for Rutland and a 3 p.m. fixture against the Rutland High Red Raiders.
Asked Sunday about Colchester, CVU head coach Mike Murray said the Lakers have a couple of guys “who can fly and score,” but added that the Redhawks have good depth with four lines that can contribute.
In the victory over South Burlington, CVU carried a 3-2 lead into the final reel and then put the game away on power play goals by junior Will Bernicke and sophomore Adam Hauke.
Earlier goals were off the sticks of sophomores Cam Rivard and Elliott Mitchell, along with junior captain Alex Bulla. Sophomore Hoyt McCuin passed off for three assists.
“We played okay,” said Murray, noting that CVU had some early penalty problems.
CVU’s sophomore goalie Greg Talbert made 30 saves in getting the season’s initial victory. The Redhawks unloaded 30 shots on the Rebel cage.
Colchester earned its way to the championship game with a 7-0 triumph over Rice Memorial.