Redhawks seek to extend win streak (12/23/09)

Boys hockey team has three straight victories

Dec. 23, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team will be skating for a fourth straight victory Wednesday when 2-3 Hartford High comes to Cairns Arena.

The puck drops at 5:30 p.m.

Next up for the defending Division 1 champion Redhawks will be their first meeting of the season with the Essex High Hornets a week from Wednesday in Essex, at 5 p.m. The last contest between the two rivals was in the title game late last winter.

The young CVU skaters (4-2) earned their third consecutive victory Saturday by smartly dispatching previously unbeaten Rutland High 4-1 at Cairns Arena. The Red Raiders left town with a 3-1-1 record.

“This is a young team and the guys work hard,” CVU head coach Doug Hopper said.

It is and they did.

The visitors never recovered from a troubled first period in which they were out shot 17-2, leaving their goalie Andrew Boyle possibly wondering if he was a target in a puck proving grounds.

Part of Rutland’s problems in the period was caused by six penalties. Despite swarming around the Raider net, CVU’s lone score came on a power play with 1:02 remaining. Nate LaCroix fired in a rebound off the stick of Kyle Logan, who got an assist.

Boyle had pulled off some robbery specials, especially of Redhawks Robbie Dobrowski and Logan.

CVU got much more efficient with the shots in the second period and lit the lamp three times in nine pops at the net.

Logan fired a riser from 15 feet at the 9:58 mark, Derek Goodwin and Griffin Brady notching the helpers.

The prettiest score of the day came less than a minute later at 9:06. Dobrowski got a puck 20 feet out and neatly stick handled through the entire Rutland defense, deked about four ways and lifted a short shot past Boyle, who had no chance after the Dobrowski moves. LaCroix and Mayson Kropf were given assists.

Sam Parent notched CVU’s final goal at 6:20 when, on a power play, he gathered a loose puck in Rutland territory and let loose a stinging slap shot for the 4-0 edge.

In the meantime, defensemen Cully Millikin, Wilson Yandell and Quinn Kropf, among others, kept the Raiders from mounting any sustained assaults on goalie Mark Albertson, who had 18 stops.

Rutland’s lone tally came with 1:09 remaining in the game when Greg Roy unloaded a zinger.

Boyle wound up with 32 stops on a very busy afternoon.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks picked up a solid road win, zapping Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans 5-2. Dobrowski and Logan each scored twice while swiftie J.P. Benoit added a singleton.

Albertson collected 19 saves as CVU outshot the Bobwhites 25-21.