Essex trip next for CVU girls hockey team12/11/08

Dec. 11, 2008

In the wake of Wednesday afternoon’s meeting with 0-2 Rice Memorial High, the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team will venture to Essex High on Saturday to tangle with the Hornets at 4:30 p.m.


    Observer photo by Ben Sarle
Champlain Valley Union High sophomore Molly Howard (15) skates past a South Burlington defender on Saturday at Cairns Arena.

Coach Tom Ryan and his Redhawks were looking for their first victory Wednesday — the game was set to be played after press deadline — after losses last week to Hartford High (4-1) and South Burlington High (4-2).

The South Burlington loss was a hard one.

Molly Howard fired home a pair of goals for the Hawks, including a vital one with 3:58 remaining in the third period to tie the game at 2.

But just 15 seconds later, the Rebels’ Alie Cunavelis punched in the game-winner after completing an end-to-end rush.

South Burlington added an empty net score in the closing moments.

Nicole Bonneau made 23 stops for CVU, which was outshot 27-14.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent