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Dec. 15, 2011

 

TRIP NORTH AWAITS 2-0 CVU BOYS HOCKEY TEAM

Champlain Valley Union’s Max Hopper (top) controls the puck against North Country during last weekend’s Charlie Burchard Memorial Tournament in Burlington. The Redhawks won the tourney by defeating North Country and Rice Memorial. CVU’s Alex Bulla (bottom) passes during the victory over North Country on Dec. 9. (Courtesy photos by David Yandell)

With the championship of the season-opening Charlie Burchard Memorial Tournament safely put away in their bag of accomplishments, coach Mike Murray and his Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team were looking for a third straight victory on the road in Rutland late Wednesday afternoon (after Observer press deadline).

The travel schedule continues Friday when the Redhawks make their annual trek north of the border for an engagement with Lower Canada College. The home opener with Middlebury is set for this coming Wednesday (Dec. 21) at Cairns Arena (7:30 p.m.).

In the preseason, Murray talked of building from the goal outward because graduation took a toll on the firepower of last year’s Division I state champions. The defense came up big in the two-day Burchard tournament, evidenced by 2-1 wins over Rice Memorial High in Saturday’s title match (Dec. 10) and Friday’s (Dec. 9) opening 2-1 overtime topping of North Country.

Will Bernicke got the game winner in the crowning game, scoring approximately four minutes into the final period (Alex Bulla assist). Brendan Gannon had CVU’s initial tally, his second of the young season.

Veteran net minder Jason O’Brien had 10 saves as the ‘Hawks outshot Rice 21-11.

Max Hopper’s overtime goal Friday night got CVU into the championship contest. Adam Kaminski had the assist. Gannon scored in the third period to force a 1-1 tie.

O’Brien kicked out 18 Rice shots. The Redhawks had 23 shots on North Country goalie Chris Bronson.

 

CVU WRESTLERS HEADING TO ENOSBURG TUESDAY

After finishing fifth among 17 teams from three states Saturday (Dec. 10) in the Early Bird Tournament at St. Johnsbury Academy, Champlain Valley Union wrestlers had their home opener Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) against Mount Mansfield and Vergennes.

The Redhawks go back on the road Tuesday for a grapple session at Enosburg.

Clark Poston led CVU in the season-opening St. Johnsbury tournament with a victory in the 182-pound division. Grant Poston took the runner-up slot in the 160-pound class.

Third place finishes went to Alex Legg (106 pounds), Alex Craige (113) and James Bosen (120). Sam Fortin took fourth in the 170-pound division.

Despite recent knee surgery, coach Rahn Fleming was with the team.

 

—Mal Boright

 

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