Boys hockey has rematch with defending Vermont champs1/22/09

Jan. 22, 2009

Following a weeklong absence for exams, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team will return to the ice Saturday with a rematch against defending Division 1 champion Essex High. The game is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. at Cairns 1 Arena in South Burlington.

The two teams met in December for the first time since Essex’s victory in the championship game last year, with the Hornets taking a 1-0 victory in Essex.

CVU will take a 7-3-2 record into the game following its most recent victory, a 3-0 blanking of Mount Mansfield Union High last Saturday. Ben Soll, Robbie Dobrowski and Kyle Logan potted the goals for the winners, while net minder Mark Albertson earned the second shutout of the season with 15 saves.

The Redhawks fired away 31 times on the Cougars’ cage.

A week ago Wednesday, CVU played to a 1-all deadlock with South Burlington High. Derek Goodwin scored the Redhawks’ counter. Each team took 23 shots on goal.

While the game went into the record books as a tie, a shootout to determine the winner of the Chittenden South Burlington Cup was won by CVU, as Goodwin and Nate LaCroix netted goals while South Burlington got just one shot past Albertson in the one-on-one drama.

The game’s Larry Austin Most Valuable Player honors went to Owen Smith of CVU and the Rebels’ Ryan Norton.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent