Feb. 5, 2009
By Mal Boright
Three trips for their final three regular campaign contests await the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team, which will open the series of jaunts Saturday at Middlebury Union High at 4:45 p.m.
Then the girls will travel to Stowe on Tuesday before the regular season windup next Saturday at Spaulding High in Barre.
Coach Tom Ryan and his 8-6-2 Redhawks opened a three-game week Monday with a stunning and thrilling 2-1 victory over now 12-2-1 Essex High at Cairns in a make-up contest.
Maggie Ryan snapped a 1-1 tie just over a minute into the third period when she fired in her ninth goal of the season on a power play. Amanda Armell had given the Redhawks a 1-0 lead in the initial period with her 11th pointer. Molly Howard assisted on both scores.
Nicole Bonneau was her mighty self in the CVU cage, stopping 25 Essex shots. It was the eighth outing of the season in which she allowed one score or less. CVU was outshot 26-15 by the Hornets.
On Wednesday, in its final home game of the regular season, CVU was scheduled to square off against 10-4-2 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans. The game was set to be played after press deadline.
The Redhawks were 1-1 last week, skating past Burlington High 2-1 on Wednesday before losing 3-1 on Saturday to Hartford High in White River Junction.
A combination of Armell and Howard, effective snipers all season, got the offensive job done against Burlington. Howard’s 12th goal of the campaign came with five seconds remaining in the third period and snapped a 1-all tie. Armell got an assist on the game winner after netting CVU’s first score earlier in the contest, her 10th of the season and sixth in the last four games.
The CVU net was a busy place, as Bonneau came up with 23 saves to preserve the victory.
Bonneau had 30 saves at Hartford. Emmaleigh Loyer tallied the lone CVU score, assisted by Chrissie Whitaker and Addie Peterson.