May 20, 2010
By Mal Boright
With its gaudy 12-0 record — including five wins by two or fewer goals — coach Dave Trevithick was looking for a “complete” game Saturday morning when the Redhawks hosted a physical Bellows Free Academy combine that came within 9-8 of CVU on April 24 in St. Albans.
“Today we got three-fourths of a total game,” Trevithick said after his Hawks blew past the Bobwhites 11-3 in one of their best all-around performances of the season.
CVU was slated to entertain Middlebury Union High Wednesday before heading to Essex Saturday morning for an 11 a.m. session with the strong Hornets. Essex entered the week 8-2, the only local loss to the Hawks, 9-8, on a last-second score in an April contest in Hinesburg.
It did not take long for the Redhawks to take command Saturday. Taylor Gingras, with an assist from Lawrence “The Helper” Dee, snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:31 left in the first period. The Hawks bolted to a 6-2 lead by halftime and a 10-2 advantage by the opening of the final reel.
Gingras, team leader with 35 goals, posted four scores and added an assist. Dee passed off for six assists and also scored a third period unassisted goal with a nifty spin move in front of the BFA cage. He has 24 tallies for the campaign.
“We passed well, defended well and put it together today,” Dee said after the game.
Nathaniel Wells and Justin Beaudry each scored twice, Beaudry notching the game’s first and final goals. He has scored seven times in the last six contests.
Nick Hart and Jake Marston had single pointers while Robbie Dobrowski collected a pair of assists.
Marston made vital contributions on midfield face offs where he either came away with the ball or lured BFA into a violation, which also got the ball for the Red and White.
Trevithick lauded the play of defensemen captain Cully Millikin and Ben Teasdale, who kept BFA’s offensive thrusts and traffic in front of goalie Eric Palmer to a minimum.
Another stout defender was junior Konnor Fleming, who came up with several takeaways and subsequent rushes down the field into BFA territory.
“He had never played until this year,” Trevithick said of the midfielder.
One of the more spectacular scores of the season came early in the first period when BFA tied the score at 1-1. The Bobwhites’ capable goalie, Kaleb Nichols (11 saves), made a stop and then charged out of the net and downfield.
He kept trotting through a disbelieving Redhawk team and, resembling a light tank at full speed, rolled in on Palmer and deposited the ball in the net while colliding with the CVU net minder.
“I saw him coming and then … boom!” Palmer said. “We adjusted so that would not happen again.”
Palmer and senior Sean Keenan had eight stops for CVU, which outgunned the visitors 22-11.
Trevithik said CVU had several midfielders missing in that first tight contest at BFA.
“We had just about everybody back for this one,” the coach said.