The Essex Hornets girls hockey team showed why they were undefeated with a gritty comeback attempt before falling at home in overtime to the visiting Champlain Valley Union High School Redhawks.
CVU scored four unanswered goals in the second period and held a commanding 4-1 lead halfway through the third period. But Essex was at home, and with an undefeated season on the line, weren't about to quit. Julie Pearl (two goals and one assist) who earlier in the game became the first girl's hockey player in Essex history to reach 100 career points, cut the CVU lead to 4-2 with her second goal with 8:43 left to play. Kim Dvorak then took over and scored twice in the next 3:22, tying the game at 4-4 with 5:21 remaining in regulation time.
The two squads remained tied for that final 5:21, and for the majority of the sudden death overtime period. Essex goalie Lindsey Paquette was busy, finishing with 20 saves, while her CVU counterpart Nicole Sisk stopped 19 shots. But with just 1:36 left in overtime Molly Howard (two goals and one assist) fed senior forward K.K. Logan who received the puck and blasted it past Paquette, giving CVU a huge 5-4 road win.
Sophia Steinhoff had one goal and one assist, while Lizzy Betz scored once and Maggie Ryan contributed two assists for the Redhawks, who improved to 8-1 with the win. Essex fell to 6-1-2 with the tough to swallow loss.
Frost Heaves Drop Season Opener
Dwight Brewington scored 19 points to lead the Manchester Millrats to a season opening 102-93 win over the Vermont Frost Heaves last Sunday night in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Vermont's Stephen McDowell led all scorers with 22 points, and Ross Demasi turned in a double-double with11 points and 17 rebounds. Troy Jackson also reached double-digit scoring with 10 points.