The pairing for the Division 1 high school hockey playoffs will be finalized this week, but the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team took a solid step up Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over visiting North Country Union at Cairns Arena to put a maker on the third seed.
The win gave the Redhawks a final regular season 13-4-3 record and left the Falcons at 14-5-1.
It was share the puck night for CVU as Brendan Gannon, Patrick Pattison, Jeremy Lerner, Kirk Fontana and Jack Hall all lit the lamp for the winners. Defenseman Alex Bulla paced the helpers with a pair of assists.
Greg Talbert made 17 stops in the CVU cage. The Hawks unlimbered 26 shots on the North Country goal.
The victory got CVU back on a positive track following Saturday’s 3-0 loss to South Burlington in the annual CSB Cup contest.
—Mal Boright, Observer staff