Girls rally to defeat South Burlington (12/17/09)

Redhawks hockey team takes to the road

Dec. 17, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team, 3-0 at the beginning of the week, had some serious bus time coming up, starting Wednesday with a trip to Manchester for a session with Burr and Burton Academy.

Burr and Burton moved up from Division 2 to Division 1 this season. Wednesday’s game was scheduled for after press deadline.

On Saturday, the Redhawks will motor down Interstate 89 to Hartford to test the always tough Hurricanes in a 2 p.m. match at the Hartford BOR building.

Home ice will be in the Hawks’ schedule at 3 p.m. on Monday against Rice Memorial High and Wednesday when Burlington High comes to Cairns Arena for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Redhawks were off Saturday following their stunning, 5-4 come-from-behind final-minutes victory last Wednesday over South Burlington High.

CVU trailed 3-0 going into the closing period and 4-1 before scoring the last four goals of the game. The winner came on a shot from Maggie Ryan at the left corner of the cage after a sweet setup pass from Molly Howard.

Howard, who had two earlier goals and has seven in the first three games, had tied the score at 4 with a wicked slap shot from just outside the faceoff circle.

Also scoring twice (five goals for the season) was Sophia Steinhoff, who got the Redhawks’ initial tally some seven seconds into the final reel when she took the faceoff and charged into the Rebels’ end to score.

KK Logan had two assists for CVU.

“It was great,” Redhawks coach Tom Ryan said of the comeback. He also had praise for defenders Alyx Rivard and Amanda Lacaillade’s work behind the blue line.

“I thought we had the edge in play when we were down 3-0,” Ryan said. “The girls just kept bringing it and found a way to win.”