9-0 CVU boys hockey team faces Essex next
Jan. 20, 2011By Mal Boright Observer correspondent
Shortly after his undefeated Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team dispatched 6-3 Rutland High Monday afternoon at Cairns Arena, head coach Mike Murray was looking ahead to Saturday.
That’s when the Redhawks, off until then for exams, roll into the Essex ice arena for their first meeting of the season with a 7-1-1 Essex High Hornets.
“This game, coming at mid-season, will tell us where we are,” Murray said.
The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. opening faceoff.
If Essex had scouts at Monday’s contest, they departed to puzzle this week about how to cool down CVU’s DGL Lamplighter Line of Robbie Dobrowski, Derek Goodwin and Kyle Logan.
Dobrowski potted five goals and Goodwin one as the senior trio added 15 points to its charts. Goodwin and Logan each notched four assists and Dobrowski one. The line has accounted for 36 goals in nine games, which, by any standards, is production of a high order.
Griffin Brady, Mayson Kropf and Wilson Yandell also contributed assists in the Redhawks’ onslaught.
CVU established its scoring prowess in the game’s first moments. Dobrowski found the range after a pass from Kropf just 59 seconds after the first drop of the puck.
Dobrowski scored again a mere 35 seconds later, with Goodwin and Brady getting the helpers.
Goodwin rang up a goal later in the period on a short pass from Dobrowski in front of the Rutland net. Dobrowski, with some nice stick handling after getting the puck from Goodwin, made it 4-0 with 11:45 left in the second period.
The hardworking Rutland crew then added a pair of goals, including one while shorthanded, to cut the CVU margin to 4-2 entering the third period.
The Redhawks got their zoom back when Dobrowski scored the next two goals, on the rebound of a Goodwin shot at 9:44 and with a slick crossing move in front of the net with 7:16 to go.
The final tally came at 4:17, when the Red Raiders’ Matt Mazzariello scored on a power play.
CVU net minder Jason O’Brien had 19 saves while Rutland’s Casey Greene kicked out 16 CVU shots.
The Hawks’ Yandell and Erick MacLean had good defensive moments while sideboard diggers of the day included Jamie Thayer and Goodwin.
Late in the second period, O’Brien had to make a quick decision: the player or the puck. He stopped the puck while the Raiders’ Ian Booth, who had an earlier goal, went flying over him and into the net. For Rutland, it was an instance of filling the net, but without a score.
Murray was pleased with the win but thought the Redhawks had played better overall games, perhaps giving up too much defensively while in an offensive mindset.