CVU HOCKEY GIRLS CLOSE OUT CAMPAIGN
Tuesday’s quarterfinal contest at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans proved to be too steep a climb as the top-seeded Comets recorded a 14-0 win over the 1-20-1 Redhawks to end their season.
But the CVU skaters still had their lone win in two years in the memory bank.
The Redhawks earned their way to Tuesday’s contest with a 4-3 double overtime victory at Hartford Friday that snapped a two-season winless string.
“The girls played their hearts out,” said coach Ben Psaros via e-mail after the triumph.
Molly Dunphy tallied three goals, including the game winner, after twin sister Eva scored on a power play early in the first period to ensure a good start.
Molly Dunphy gave CVU a 2-0 lead late in the opening stanza, but after Hartford tied the game in the second reel, Molly struck again to give the Hawks a 3-2 edge entering the final canto.
The Hurricanes’ Haley Grigel popped her third goal in the final period of regulation to force overtime.
Early in the second extra session, CVU’s Rachel Pitcher stormed into Hartford territory, passed the puck to Molly Dunphy. The CVU forward got blocked on her first shot try, but then jammed the puck past Hartford goalie Elizabeth Potter for the victory.
Redhawks’ netminder Laurel Hubbert-Severance had 30 saves.
CVU FOURTH IN GIRLS STATE ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Paced by Emma Putre, the youthful Champlain Valley Union High girls alpine ski team took fourth place Monday in the state championship runs at Stowe.
Putre finished second in the giant slalom and sixth in slalom. Teammate Emma Owens posted a 15th in slalom.
Mount Mansfield Union’s Ali Chivers won both events, as the Cougars easily captured the team title with 55 points to runner-up Woodstock Union High’s 82. CVU had 148 points.
The boys had their state meet Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline, at Okemo.
CVU’S BROWN TAKES A FIFTH PLACE IN N.E. WRESTLING
Champlain Valley Union High’s wrestling team sent four athletes to the New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last week in Providence, R.I. and Connor Brown came back with a fifth place in the 160-pound class.
Vermont champion Mount Anthony Union took three firsts enroute to its seventh New England crown.
Brown was joined in the competition by fellow Redhawks Liam Bowley (106 pounds), Alex Legg (126) and Grant Poston (170).