Girls hockey bumped from playoffs2/26/09

Team already looking forward to next winter

Feb. 26, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The still youthful Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team had a difficult trip to St. Albans on Saturday, but the outlook for next season appears to be very hopeful.

The hosts, fourth-seeded Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, knocked the Redhawks out of the playoffs with a 5-0 quarterfinal victory, leaving CVU with a 10-9-2 season mark.

BFA led 2-0 into the final period, where it put the game away with three more scores. The Comets launched a total of 26 shots at CVU net minder Nicole Bonneau.

Coach Tom Ryan’s Redhawks had tied BFA 3-3 in an early season game at Collins-Perley Arena, but the Comets came to CVU’s home ice at Cairns Arena in South Burlington in early February and bopped the Hawks, 5-0.

On Monday night in Northfield, top-seeded Spaulding High of Barre nipped BFA 1-0 in a semifinal contest and will meet Essex High for the title on Friday night. Essex took out South Burlington in another Monday semifinal.

Ryan loses just three seniors from the current squad. They are co-captains Bonneau and defense specialist Amanda Kaminski, along with forward Marissa Parente.

Bonneau, who has been in the CVU goal mouth for the better part of four seasons has, by her dad’s count, more than 2,000 saves. She will, no doubt, be missed, as will Kaminski and Parente.

Leading the returnees will be the top scorers — sophomores Molly Howard, Amanda Armell and Alyx Rivard and juniors Maggie Ryan and Addie Peterson. Also back on defense will be junior Emmaleigh Loyer and sophomores Amanda Lacillade and Kate Ford.

In addition, junior KK Logan, a top scoring threat a season ago, should be back after missing the campaign while recovering from a field hockey knee injury this past autumn.

Others back and looking to have big seasons when they next lace up the skates are freshman Lexie Milliken, sophomores Gillian Shelley, Lizzy Betz and Hannah Johnson, along with juniors Chrissi Whitaker and Sasha Gunther.