Assistant Sports Editor
MANCHESTER -- A second-period goal the presenting the only buffer between Burr and Burton Academy from Champlain Valley Union, the knock-out blow was all the Bulldogs needed at the start of the final stanza.
Toss in shots, near-misses, possession, and Burr and Burton owned the game from the first drop of the puck.
But the Redhawks had an answer and, still, time to deliver.
Sylvie Shanks' rebound strike with 8 minutes 21 seconds left in regulation erased the Bulldogs' thin cushion, giving CVU the foothold to hang on through overtime to snare a 1-1 draw in girls hockey on Saturday night at Riley rink.
"It's just one of those hockey nights," BBA coach Ed Lewicki said. "If you had told me before the game that we'd have 37 shots and they'd have nine, I'd have said we were talking about a victory."
Escaping a one-sided first period with 13 saves, CVU (0-1-1) netminder Laurel Hubbert-Severance finished with 36 saves to preserve her team's first point in two years, according to coach Ben Psaros.
Yet it could've been even dicier considering the Bulldogs (3-1-1) saw four shots kicked wide by the post and Mary Leech's effort from below the left circle slide through the crease behind Hubbert-Severance.
"As many saves as she had, we had probably another 10 within an inch or two of going in," Lewicki said.
Throughout the first period and into the second, the hosts possessed deep in the Redhawks' zone, continuing to win the puck back before it could escape to the neutral zone.
"I think we got afraid of the ice. This sheet of ice here is huge," Psaros said. "I think our girls got confused about positioning and where they were supposed to be."
The Bulldogs finally cracked the scoreless deadlock at 6:17 of the second period.
Sophomore Jordan Harmon burst up the center of the ice and unleashed a shot that Hubbert-Severance blocked with her right pad. BBA freshman forward Aggie Bisselle, rushing up the left side in pursuit, buried the rebound for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Entering the final 15 minutes, the Bulldogs were eager to ice the result with an early third-period strike, cementing their dominance from the start.
The Redhawks had other plans, emerging from the second intermission stronger than the start and getting Shanks' equalizer midway through the frame.
"I told them to get the puck out and up the center ice and find the net. We got lucky and did," Psaros said.
"From a possession standpoint, from a shot standpoint we already had [command of the game]," Lewicki said. "But when you're up against a hot goalie you need to score.
"And to their credit they didn't allow any quality scoring chances right away."
Meg Chandler finished with eight saves for BBA.