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Jonah Janaro skates past a CVU defender. (Photo by Bob LoCicero)

The boys hockey team tried to keep it close against Champlain Valley Union last Saturday, but a slow start proved to be the Hornets downfall, dropping a 4-2 contest to the Red Hawks.

A few bad bounces set Essex back 2-0 early in the first period.

Dom Lessard added a second goal for Essex, who dropped to 3-5 with the loss. Sam Foster saved 17.

Essex will look to find a spark starting on Saturday in a road contest against Rutland at 6 p.m. They’ll then have another week of rest before hosting Middlebury January 21.


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Hornet defenders swarm a shot on goal as Essex goalie Sam Foster tries to make a kick save during their game against CVU on January 7. (Photo by Bob LoCicero)

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Tyler Millette battles for the puck behind the CVU goal. (Photo by Bob LoCicero)