The Essex Hornets arrived in Hinesburg last Saturday determined to leave town with their winning streak intact, and they did just that. Essex hit ten of eleven shots from the charity stripe, and forced Champlain Valley to commit 17 turnovers en-route to an impressive 65-49 win.
Demir Smajovic paced the Hornets attack with 15 points, followed closely by Ben Ferris and Chris Boque with 13 apiece. David Valley contributed another dozen for Essex who won their eighth in a row, to stand at 9-1 halfway through their season. Jake Donnelly led the Redhawks with 17 points and Will Hurd added another 11 to the losing effort. CVU, with the defeat, stand at 7-3 at their halfway point.
Falcons down Redhawks
Things didn't go much better for the girls from Champlain Valley last Friday when they visited Saint Johnsbury, to take on the hometown Hilltoppers. After Adama Kay hit one of two free throws to put Saint Johnsbury on top 42-39 with 15 seconds CVU got the ball back. But thanks to an impressive defensive effort by the Hilltoppers, CVU couldn't get a shot off, and Saint Johnsbury pulled off a huge upset with the 42-39 win. Kay scored 18 to lead the Hilltoppers, who improved to 4-6 with the upset win. CVU's Allison Gannon led all scorers with 19 points. The Redhawks, wit the loss, are 8-2 halfway through their season.
The Mount Abraham Eagles started their second half with 49-29 home win over the Missisquoi Thunderbirds last Friday night. Jen Loyer paced the Eagles, scoring more hen half of their points with a 25 point night. K.C. Cousino added another 10 for Mount Abraham, who improved to 5-6 with the win. Kelsey Ward led the visiting Thunderbirds with nine points.
In an Addison County showdown the Middlebury Tigers pulled out a five point, 37-32 win last Friday night in Vergennes over the hometown Commodores. Katie Ritter led the victorious Tigers with 18 points. Ally Provost had 13 for Vergennes. The game marked the halfway point for both squads. Middlebury improved to 7-3, while Vergennes fell to 3-7 on the year..
Raiders blank Tigers 3-0
In Middlebury last Saturday Union-32 goalie Joseph Carriveau made 22 saves to shutout the hometown Tigers 3-0 in high school boys hockey action. Isaac Beaupre, Brinton Parker and Cole Mugford scored for the Raiders. Craig Camara had 15 saves for Middlebury who fell to 4-6 with the loss.
Last Saturday night in South Burlington the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks and Colchester Lakers found themselves tied at 2-2 with time running out in their sudden death overtime period. But then with just 2:24 left in that overtime Colchester's Jon Sawtelle scored to give the Lakers an exciting 3-2 win. Sawtelle led the Lakers offense with an assist and two goals. Andrew Drewniak also scored for Colchester, while Shawn Place, Robbie Wells-Rogers and James Bean had assists. But the real hero of the night for the Lakers wasn't an offensive player, but instead was their goalie Chris Furlani. Furlani kept Colchester in the game by making an impressive 31 saves. His effort kept the game tied, allowing Sawtelle the opportunity to hit the game winner. Robbie Dobrowski and Nate Lacroix scored for CVU, while Redhawk goalie Jason O'Brien had a good game himself by stopping 21 shots. CVU fell to 7-3, while the overtime win elevated the Lakers to 5-6-1 on the year.
The Redhawks girls team didn't fare any better last Saturday, as they were shutout in South Burlington 4-0, by the Spaulding Crimson Tide. Spaulding goalie Gabbie Willey earned the shutout by making 19 saves. Zoe Bailey led the Tides offense with a goal and an assist. Nicolette Gosselin, Hayley Arnold and Emma Ferland added goals to round out Spaulding's scoring. Ellen Gosselin and Logan Lamb added assist for the Crimson Tide, who improved to 9-1 with the win. Goalie Nicole Sisk had 18 saves for CVU, who fell to 8-2-1 wit the loss.
Things went better in Middlebury for the hometown Tigers. Sara Boudah had a goal and an assist to lead the Tigers past a visiting Rice squad 4-1. Heather Ploof, Grace Foshay and Saige Twombly had single goals to round out Middlebury's scoring. Meredith Hansen scored the lone Rice goal. Middlebury improved to 7-4 with the win, while Rice fell to 1-9 on the year.