Girls hockey loses opener

Dec. 15, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent


The Champlain Valley Union girls hockey team has been getting an idea of Santa Claus’ road schedule.

Following their lone pre-Christmas home game Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) against South Burlington, the Redhawks are scheduled to go back into foes’ rinks Saturday at Rutland (7:30 p.m.) and Wednesday at Northfield (5 p.m.). Coach Ben Psaros and his jolly crew are hoping not to bestow gifts during their visits.

Psaros was philosophical in the wake of the ‘Hawks season lid-opening 6-3 loss to Colchester Saturday (Dec. 10) at Leddy Arena in Burlington.

“We have things to work on but we did some things well,” the first year head coach said after the game.

The beginning went well — CVU led 2-0 after the opening 15-minute period. Sophomore Kristina Ushakova scored on a 10-foot shot with just more than two minutes into the game.

Junior defender Randi-Lynn Katon got loose on a breakaway and potted the second CVU tally with 1:26 left in the stanza.

The Redhawks took the two-goal lead into the second period thanks to some goal mouth acrobatics by senior net minder Nicole Sisk, who came up with 14 stops in the reel — using pads, an educated mitt and her 5-foot-3 frame.

But Colchester’s edge in team quickness paid off in the middle period when it struck early and often, putting up five scores — three by Erin Turner, one which came off a rebound.

CVU got within 5-3 early in the third period; Ushakova getting her second score with an assist from senior Rowan Hayes with 12:43 remaining.

Moments later Hayes was stopped on a break away by Lakers goalie Stephanie Landry. Colchester potted an insurance goal at 9:05 when Kellie Lockerby slapped home a rebound.

Sisk finished with a busy afternoon’s work of 41 saves as the Lakers held a formidable 47-17 advantage in shots on net.