By Mal Boright
As the regular season winds down, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey, the defending Division 1 champs, are heating up and laying down some markers for the impending playoffs.
Just 5-5-1 in mid-January, coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks had rattled off six straight victories to carry an 11-5-1 mark into Wednesday’s annual CSB Cup contest with high flying South Burlington High, 11-4-2 following last Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Essex.
The Rebels might have been a slight favorite in the cup game given their 4-1 triumph over the Hawks on Jan. 7. But based on history, favored status means little in the scramble for the cup.
The two regular season finales have Colchester meeting CVU at the Cairns Arena home ice Saturday at 5:10 p.m. The Hawks then travel to Essex Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
Last Saturday, the Redhawks motored to the great Northeast and downed North Country Union, 1-0 at its Jay Peak Ice Haus rink as freshman Tyler Brooks registered the lone goal with just two minutes remaining in regulation time.
The Redhawks had a huge edge in shots, unloading the puck 33 times on Falcons’ goalie Dylan Simoneau. In the relatively quiet CVU cage, sophomore Ty Parker had seven stops for the shutout, CVU’s ninth of the season.
Brooks also scored a week ago Wednesday—as did Owen McCuin, Matt Palmer and Colin Lach—as CVU rapped Rice Memorial High 4-1. Greg Talbert handled 23 Rice shots in the Hawks’ net.