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Girls hockey team cruises to 9-2 win

Dec. 16, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Hannah Johnson of Champlain Valley Union High brings the puck up the ice in Saturday’s season opener against Mount Mansfield Union High. CVU rolled to a 9-2 rout over MMU. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Even when there are top snipers returning from a Division1 runner-up hockey team, there is always concern before opening night as to a team’s ability to put pucks into the opposition’s net.

Apparently, no need to worry about the Champlain Valley Union High girls team.

It took only 26 seconds after the opening faceoff for CVU’s Molly Howard to register the Redhawks’ first goal of the season Saturday night in a booming 9-2 hockey victory over Mount Mansfield Union High at Cairns Arena.

CVU (1-0) was slated to meet Colchester High on Wednesday in a contest coach Tom Ryan said could be a tough challenge for his hard charging, shot-launching team.

CVU’s Molly Howard (left) fends off an MMU defender. Howard scored the team’s first goal of the season just 26 seconds into the game. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

The 1-0 Lakers, youthful but with a sprinkling of veterans, scored a 4-2 road triumph Saturday over U-32 of East Montpelier. Saturday afternoon the Redhawks will travel to Hartford.

But it was not only Howard who was off to a fast start to the campaign Saturday. Before six minutes had expired, freshman Molly Dunphy, seniors Alyx Rivard and Amanda Armell along with junior Sophia Steinhoff had also fired in scores to pretty much put the contest on ice, so to speak.

Rivard’s tally was the result of a defensive steal of the puck in front of the CVU cage and a twisting and turning rush to the other end for a spectacular goal.

Howard wound up with three scores while Armell and Dunphy each got a pair. Steinhoff added two assists.

Mount Mansfield goalie Autumn Hallock made 29 saves including some nifty ones off Steinhoff and Howard.

Junior Rowan Hayes got first and third period scores for the Cougars.

Nicole Sisk was between the CVU pipes for the first two periods and had six saves.

Senior Emily Sackett, fresh from minding goal for the CVU girls soccer team, took over in the third period for her first appearance in the hockey cage. She made three quick, strong saves before Hayes got a puck under the pads for her second and final score.

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