Coach Mike Murray’s Champlain Valley Union High boys’ hockey team will take a 6-2-1 mark into Saturday’s home contest (1:05 p.m.) against 3-6 Rice Memorial High, a contest that marks the campaign’s mid-point.
Last week saw the authorship of a two-game win string, with both affairs at home Cairns Arena ice, a 4-3 edging of Spaulding High on Wednesday, followed by a 6-1 whacking of Stowe High Saturday.
Murray said Sunday he was happy with the Redhawks’ play Saturday, a game in which Will Bernicke fired home three goals while Patrick Pattison, Elliott Mitchell and Brendan Gannon each added a single tally.
Kaleb Godbout and Ryan Keelan each chipped in a pair of assists.
CVU unloaded 32 shots on the Stowe net, while at the other end of the ice, Redhawks’ netminder Zach Weimer made nine stops.
Murray said his youthful combine—just four seniors on the 23-man roster—has in general played consistently well.
An exception may have been the victory over Spaulding, in which the Hawks got outshot 17-13 but survived on Jack Hall’s two scores plus goals from Jeremy Lerner and Hoyt McCuin.
Goalie Greg Talbert had 14 saves.
—Mal Boright, Observer