Hockey team faces Spaulding on Saturday
Jan. 20, 2011By Mal Boright Observer correspondent
After a pair of one-goal victories last Wednesday and Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team had a week to prepare for its second meeting of the season with undefeated Spaulding High (6-0-3).
The 8-2 Redhawks will host the Crimson Tide at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. Head coach Tom Ryan and his team are very aware of the 6-1 beating the Tide administered to CVU on Jan. 3 in Barre.
On Saturday, the Redhawks capped a three-win week with a 2-1 nipping of Essex High at the Hornets’ ice facility.
Defense stalwart Alyx “The Express” Rivard keyed the win with assists on goals by point poppers Mollie Howard (13 for the season) and Sophia Steinhoff (9). Nicole Sisk turned in a steady 16-save day in the Redhawks’ cage.
There were seven minutes and 23 seconds remaining when Howard, set up at the blue line by Rivard and Amanda Armell, skated around and through the Essex defense with some shifty moves before depositing the puck past Essex goalie Lindsay Paquette to snap a 1-1 tie.
CVU had scored the game’s initial goal with eight minutes left in the second period when Rivard unleashed one of her patented end-to-end rushes. Paquette stopped Rivard’s shot, but an alert Steinhoff was camped in front of the net and buried the rebound.
Howard, Steinhoff, Armell and defender Lizzy Betz all had serious scoring chances either rebuffed by Paquette (31 stops) or that just missed corners of the net.
Essex’s (1-6-1) lone goal was a strange affair that came with 2:17 to go in the second period to knot the score at 1-1.
The puck came into CVU territory and somehow bounced from an unpopulated back line and stopped to the right and in front of the CVU net, where Kim Dvorak was positioned to knock it into the net past an unsuspecting Sisk.
Last Wednesday, the Redhawks grabbed a 5-0 win over South Burlington High early in the third period and then had to weather a Rebel comeback before emerging with a 5-4 victory over the 3-3-2 Blue and White.
A series of penalties contributed to the Rebel revolt, which included three power play scores.
Steinhoff (two goals, assist), Howard (two goals) and Rivard (goal) were the CVU lamp lighters. Sisk had 14 saves for CVU while the Redhawks unleashed 28 shots on the South Burlington net.