Playoff position at stake as CVU ice six close campaign

The 11-3-3 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team skated into Wednesday’s vital game against 7-8-2 Spaulding High in Barre on a mission to capture three wins in the three final games of the season and snag a top seed for the looming Division 1 playoffs. The game was after the Observer’s press deadline.

After the Spaulding battle, coach Mike Murray’s rambling Redhawks (three straight wins) meet 15-2 South Burlington High at Cairns Arena late Saturday
(6 p.m.) before closing out the regular season Tuesday with a home tilt with 12-4-1 North Country Union.

CVU’s latest win came in a Saturday trip to Stowe with a 9-0 easing past the Raiders. The Keelans—Patrick with two goals and an assist and Ryan with a goal and two assists—led the attack, which also got a pair of scores from Brendan Gannon.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks went to Rutland and pushed the Red Raiders (now 10-5-2) backwards in the race for playoff seedings with a 5-2 victory. It was balance time for the CVU offense as the tallies came from five sticks: those of Gannon, Ryan Keelan, Hoyt McCuin, Elliott Mitchell and Kaleb Godbout, who also posted two assists. CVU goalie Greg Talbert made 26 stops.

—Mal Boright, Observer