CVU boys hockey slumping

Jan. 19, 2012

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent


BFA-St. Albans will roll into Cairns Arena Saturday morning to pose the next test for a Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team sorely in need of a victory.

After the noontime session, the 4-6 Redhawks — losers in six of their last seven contests — will travel to Jay Peak Wednesday for a game with North Country.

Last Saturday (Jan. 14) at Cairns, Rutland nipped the Hawks 2-1 despite CVU’s hefty 27-18 advantage in shots on net. Coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks rapped the Red Raiders 4-1 in Rutland back in mid-December.

CVU unloaded 23 shots on RHS goalie Casey Greene in the first two periods, but only Jeremy Lerner’s power play blast with five minutes and 11 seconds to go in the second period got past Greene. Max Hopper set up Lerner’s quick shot from 10 feet out with a nifty pass.

The tally tied the game at 1, but Rutland went ahead just three minutes later when defenseman Max Major slammed a 15-footer past CVU goalie Greg Talbert (17 stops) after the Hawks had trouble clearing the puck from their defensive zone.

Rutland’s first goal came with 4:08 remaining in the first period when Nick Roy poked in a shot from a scrum by the CVU cage.

Kaleb Godbout, Kirk Fontana and Pat Keelan were among victims of Greene saves, while Lerner had a point-blank effort to knot the score turned aside in the game’s final minute.