Lower Canada College 9, Champlain Valley Union 1: The coaching debut of new CVU coach J.P. Benoit did not begin as hoped with the Redhawks falling to Lower Canada College to open the season on Friday.
Charlie Averill had the lone goal for the Redhawks, while Jake Schaefer and James Bernicke each added an assist. Logan Cody (33 saves) and Reed Dousevicz (12 stops) split time in goal for CVU.
Sam April had three goals to pace Lower Canada College.
CVU-MMU 5, Rutland 4
The season started off with a bang for the Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield co-op girls hockey team on Saturday.
CVU-MMU scored with 10 seconds remaining to earn a 5-4 win over defending champion Rutland at Spartan Arena.
CVU’s Jackie Ryan came up with the game-winner for the CougarHawks (1-0), while CVU’s Lydia Maitland added two goals. Katie Peck and Katie Bushwelller, both from CVU, also tallied for the co-op team.
MMU’s Joanna Wright made 24 saves to earn the win in goal.