Girls hockey team starts 2-0 (12/10/09)

Dec. 10, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Shots on goal were no problem for the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team in its first two encounters of the 2009-10 campaign.

The girls unleashed 42 in their 9-1 opening victory last Wednesday over Mount Mansfield Union, and followed up Saturday with another 46 in a 6-0 whitewashing of Colchester High at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.

Coach Tom Ryan expects the contests to get tougher, starting with Wednesday night’s home meeting at Cairns against 0-1 South Burlington High, which was nipped 2-1 by a solid Spaulding High of Barre squad on Saturday. Wednesday’s game was scheduled for after press deadline.

“There are several strong teams in the division,” Ryan said.

The goal getters in the triumph over Colchester were sophomore Sophia Steinhoff, junior Molly Howard and senior co-captain KK Logan, each with two.

All three shooters and teammates might have had more scores but for some solid goaltending by the Lakers’ Gretchen St. Pierre, who came up with 40 stops on a night when traffic in front of her net was like Black Friday at a popular shopping mall.

Steinhoff got the Redhawks going with 4 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first period, scoring from out of one of those crowds with an assist from Kate Ford. Prior to the goal, St. Pierre had frustrated several CVU opportunities.

The Redhawks would not score again until midway through the second period. Howard made it 2-0 with an unassisted hard, rising blast from 20 feet out as she crossed from left to right.

With 2:43 left in the period and the Redhawks killing a penalty, Logan got the puck deep in her own territory and charged up ice past all defenders — even the Lone Ranger would have been in awe — and placed a shot past St. Pierre after some deft stick handling.

With CVU dominating territorial play, Steinhoff scored her second goal, Howard assisting, for a 4-0 lead going into the third stanza in which Logan and then Howard applied the finishing pointers. Maggie Ryan was credited with a helper on Howard’s tally.

CVU’s sophomore goalie Nicole Sisk had eight stops, five of those in the first period when Colchester was able to apply some offensive pressure.

In last Wednesday’s victory over MMU, Howard fired home three goals while Logan, Steinhoff, Ryan, Ford, Amanda Armell and Addie Peterson launched single scores.

Sisk had 16 stops in the Redhawks’ cage.

After the South Burlington meeting, the Redhawks will be off until this coming Wednesday, when they hit the road for a contest at Burr and Burton Academy of Manchester.