Rice Memorial and BFA next up for Redhawks

Jan. 29, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

As the remaining home games dwindle down to a precious few, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team will square off against 2-12 Rice Memorial High at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Cairns 1 Arena.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Brady Dehayes, a Champlain Valley Union High senior, celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during Saturday’s game against Essex.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Champlain Valley Union High junior Nate Lacroix (front) goes up against an Essex High player during Saturday’s game.

On Wednesday, 8-6-1 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans will drop by for a 5:30 p.m. tilt.

The Redhawks hold 5-2 and 6-0 victories over Rice. They played to a 3-3 tie with BFA Dec. 30 in St. Albans.

CVU took an 8-3-3 record into Wednesday night’s contest against Burlington High at Leddy Park. It was the Redhawks’ second appearance in three days at the Burlington frost factory, where they nipped Colchester High 3-2 on Monday afternoon as Robbie Dobrowski slammed home a pair of goals and assisted on the third.

The 7-7 Lakers, perhaps catching CVU thinking back on Saturday’s drama-filled, 2-2 deadlock with defending Division 1 champion Essex High, grabbed a 1-0 first period lead before Dobrowski, Kyle Logan (goal) and Peter Levack (two assists) got cracking.

The Redhawks outshot Colchester 32-22 with goalie Mark Albertson coming up with 20 saves.

This piece of work came two days after Albertson survived one of his busiest single periods of the year to preserve CVU’s tie with Essex. With the Redhawks leading 2-1 going into the third stanza at Cairns 1, Essex came out with sticks whacking rubber. Just 47 seconds into the period, the Hornets’ senior captain Stevie Mone scored on a three-on-one rush to forge the deadlock.

After that, the blue and gold clads peppered the CVU cage, Albertson making 17 saves, several of the o-my-gosh variety. One of the most dramatic was the 17th, which came just before the buzzer. A high Essex slap shot appeared ticketed for the right corner of the net when Albertson’s handy glove appeared out of thin air to grab the speeding puck a moment before the buzzer sounded.

Albertson had 30 saves in the game while his Essex counterpart, Evan Russell, had 15.

At the offensive end, Brady DeHayes launched the CVU goals in the first and second periods. Logan and Ben Soll assisted on the first while Sam Spencer and Owen Smith had helpers on the second, a power play opportunity.

CVU outshot Essex 4-2 in overtime, although Albertson was called on for some of his magic to stop a two-on-one Essex breakaway.

On the CVU medical front, veteran defenseman Eric Robinson is out with a bruised thigh. Trainer Tony Lora estimates the junior will be back “in a week or two.”

Senior forward Tim Reichert, recovering from a season-long ankle injury, is dressing with the team and doing some skating. He is expected back in action soon.