MANCHESTER -- Pouring on four unanswered goals Saturday evening, Milton handed the Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team its second loss of the season, 4-1, at Riley Rink..
"We haven't had a great start here to the season and so we're a little disappointed," said Burr and Burton coach Cory Herrington. "I don't think our effort was there. Our compete level definitely wasn't there and I give Milton a lot of credit.
"They worked hard and they were the team that wanted it a little more tonight and they won and deservedly so."
Milton (2-1) dominated the puck for the better portion of the game but BBA (1-2) struck first though when sophomore forward Nolan Johnson fired one past Milton goalie Brandon Rhoades glove side off the assist from junior forward Andy Izzo early in the second period.
BBA was unable to maintain the lead for long though as Milton junior Chris Johnson scored unassisted knotting the score 1-1 with 13:04 left to play in the period.
After tying the score, the Yellowjackets dominated the puck for the next several minutes, jockeying with BBA for control. Nine minutes into the period, Milton gained control of the puck following a face off near the Burr and Burton goal and with 6:21 left to go in the period, senior Seth Amstein put Milton ahead for good.
After the goal, Milton coach Trevor Wagar said he stressed to his team that it was important they maintain their intensity.
"That first shift after that second goal, they were kind of a little too relaxed and I said, ‘You know there's a lot of time left. Keep going hard. You can't give up because you're up by one goal. We've got to keep going hard,'" Wagar said.
With the score 2-1 and about a minute remaining in the second period, BBA was hit with a two minute penalty for throwing of the stick -- a call that would turn out to be significant.
BBA opened up the third period with about a minute remaining on the Milton power play and Milton did not let the opportunity pass them by. With 14:13 remaining in the period, left wing Hunter Goodwin slipped a shot past BBA senior goalie Zack Stewart stick side to put the Yellowjackets on top 3-1.
Stewart tallied 39 saves and Rhoades had 18 for the Yellowjackets.
"That power play goal was a big goal and that hurts," said Herrington. "Any goal that you give up in the first minute or the last minute of a period or a game can really hurt you and that goal hurt us tonight."
Milton wasn't done though. With 2:13 left to go in the game Amstein -- assisted by forward Brandon Cardinal and defenseman Will Jenkins -- put another shot on net that slowly squeaked in low, glove-side to seal the game for the Yellowjackets.
Burr and Burton practices again on Monday and Wednesday before the Rutland Tournament scheduled for Thursday and Friday -- a fact that Herrington said he is pleased about.
"The nice thing is we're going to be right back at it on Monday and we're looking for a better effort following Wednesday," Herrington said.