CVU hockey girls at Essex Saturday

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The quest for that elusive first victory had the 0-10-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team playing host to Rice Memorial High Wednesday night, after the Observer’s press deadline. A trip to Essex High (6-5-1) is slated for Saturday afternoon at 4:30.

Last Saturday, the Redhawks were home to the Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs, a team they tied 1-1 earlier in the season in Manchester. But this time, the Pups had early bite, jumping to a 4-0 lead by the end of the first period and skating on to a 9-4 victory to hike their season mark to 5-6-1.

It was a case of Burr and Burton making the shots while Bulldogs’ goalie Meg Chandler kept the Redhawks at bay for much of the game, as shots on goal were even at 24 for each team.

Just 30 seconds had elapsed in the first stanza when Burr and Burton’s Erin Thompson knocked in a rebound to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. It was the beginning of a swell afternoon for the Green forward, who finished with three goals and a pair of assists.

A little more luck or less skill by Chandler in the B & B net and CVU’s Molly Dunphy might have had a similar day.

Dunphy had several opportunities stymied by Chandler before she broke away five seconds into the third period to fire in a short-handed score on a spectacular end-to-end rush.

That closed the gap to 6-2, but Burr and Burton scored on the power play 27 seconds later to restore command in the game.

Trailing 9-2, CVU got goals from Sylvie Shanks and Rachel Pitcher in the closing two minutes, Pitcher’s tally on an end-to-end charge.

Eva Dunphy pocketed the Redhawks’ initial score late in the second reel.

Chandler finished with 20 saves, while CVU netminder Laurel Hubbert-Severance had 15.