CVU earns hockey deadlock with BHS (1/21/10)

Boys face high noon rematch with Essex

Jan. 21, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Union High boys hockey team will try to make it two-for-two over rival Essex High on Saturday, when the two Division 1 finalists the past two seasons clash at Cairns Arena at 12:10 p.m.


    Courtesy photo by David Yandell
Brady Griffin (16) of Champlain Valley Union High carries the puck against Burlington High on Saturday. The Redhawks battled back from a 4-1 deficit to capture a 4-4 tie. For more photos.

The 8-3-1 Redhawks prevailed over the 11-2-1 Hornets, 3-1, on Dec. 30 at the Essex Arena.

Both teams played to deadlocks this past Saturday. Coach Doug Hopper’s Hawks staged a mighty third period comeback to tie Burlington High 4-4 at Cairns, while Essex knotted Harwood Union High 1-1 in a home match.

Burlington High, which blanked CVU, 2-0, in early December’s Burchard Tournament title game, appeared to have another win wrapped up after going up 3-0 in the first period and taking a 4-1 advantage into the final reel.

Enter Robbie Dobrowski and some equally fired-up teammates.

Held without a goal through two periods, the Redhawks’ top point popper opened the comeback by unleashing a point blank goal with 8:36 left in regulation, getting a sharp pass from Mr. Helper Kyle Logan, who had four assists.

Nate LaCroix got CVU within 4-3 with 4:53 remaining after Logan (naturally) got the puck down the left side of the rink with a perilous rush through a crowd of defenders. Dobrowki later tied the game at 4 with 1:12 left on a power play with assists going to defenseman Cully Millikin and Logan.

It was the junior sharpshooter’s 19th goal of the campaign.

BHS’ tough defense had kept CVU off the scoreboard in the first period for the fourth straight stanza this season and led 3-0 after taking an aggressive, hard-skating game right at the Redhawks.

Logan and Derek Goodwin took care of that string of zips. With 13:10 left in the middle period, the junior eluded blue-shirted defenders and skated deep into BHS territory before passing the puck to a smartly positioned Goodwin, who fired an 8-foot lifter past Burlington net minder Nathaniel Young.

Young and his defenders kept CVU from any sustained offensive efforts the rest of the period. Burlington made it 4-1 with 55 seconds left with a power play goal by Kevin Tetreault over a fallen CVU goalie Mark Albertson, who had 17 saves. Young finished with 16 stops.

Among those with solid defensive moments for the Redhawks was junior Erick Maclean. Forward Jamie Thayer provided some effective grunt work along the boards (elbow land) on several occasions, prying the puck loose from groups of Seahorses.

It was Dobrowski’s second straight two-goal game, as he potted a pair last Wednesday in the Redhawks’ 4-0 annual CSB (Chittenden South Burlington) Cup victory over south Burlington High.

Logan notched a goal and two assists while Albertson came up with 28 saves for the shutout, CVU’s second of the season.