By Mal Boright
With deadlocks in its last two outings, the Champlain Valley Union High boys’ hockey team took an 8-2-3 record into Wednesday night’s home contest against a good 8-3-2 Colchester High outfit. The game was after the Observer’s press deadline.
The Lakers nipped the Redhawks in their December clash for the Beech Tournament title.
CVU will visit Rice Memorial High Saturday (4:30 p.m.) at Cairns Arena 2 to try for a second win this season over the Green Knights.
The Redhawks took on Colchester while coming off two straight home ice ties, both by 1-1 scores. Last Wednesday, it was a deadlock with strong Essex High (9-2-2) and Saturday the foe was 5-6-2 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.
The BFA battle was scoreless except for eight seconds late in the second period.
Freshman swiftie Jack Hall put CVU up 1-0 with a power play goal with just over three minutes remaining. Defenseman Alex Bulla and Jeremy Lerner assisted.
Just seconds later, with the teams at full strength, BFA’s freshman defenseman Connor Boyce ripped a high shot past CVU netminder Greg Talbert for the equalizer.
While that ended the scoring, the Redhawks generally dominated positional play in the final period and overtime, but were held off the tally sheet by Bobwhites’ goalie Andre Morin, who came up with 29 stops.
Talbert, a sophomore, made 19 saves for CVU.
“We played well at times,” said Redhawks’ coach Mike Murray. “BFA is a good team and they kept us away from the net.”
CVU sustained a late offensive flurry in the final minutes of regulation and another in overtime with Bulla, Hall and Cam Rivard all being denied by Morin.
The Redhawks were shorthanded with just over three minutes left in the third period when Patrick Pattison got loose for a spectacular rush on the BFA cage, but Morin made the stop.
In the Essex game, Rivard had the Redhawks’ goal while Talbert had 18 saves. CVU uncorked 17 shots on the Hornets’ net.