Monday February 25, 2013

BRANDON CANEVARI

Manchester Journal

MANCHESTER -- On Senior Day at Riley Rink the Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team fell to Colchester in a game that was much closer than the 5-1 score.

After a scoreless first period, the Lakers (12-7) got on the board first 1:39 into the second period when sophomore forward Grace Hickey put a shot through the legs of BBA sophomore goalie Kaylie Benson.

The Bulldogs (6-12-1) were without senior goalie Meg Chandler again who is in South America on an educational opportunity. Benson had a good game in Chandler’s absence, tallying 27 saves and holding the Lakers to two goals in the first two periods.

"Kaylie Benson really stepped up and had a great game. I’m sure there was one or two there at the end that she would like back, but Š she played a great game, she really did," said BBA coach Eddie Lewicki. "She had a lot of quality saves in the first period, a lot of quality saves in the second period so my hat’s off to her. Š It’s tough to come in and replace Meg Chandler."

BBA evened the score with 3:31 remaining in the second period when Daisy Sullivan -- streaking down the left side of the ice -- dished the puck off to freshman forward Aggie Bisselle on the right wing who buried a backhanded shot in the upper right corner of the goal. But with :37 seconds left to play in the period forward Kaley Campbell put the Lakers on top 2-1 off an assist from defenseman Jensen Hamblett.

"It was just a bad bounce, which is hockey though," said Lewicki. "Our defender Cara (Corvino) was in perfect position where she’s suppose to be on the post, defending as the person’s coming around. Š It bounced off her skate and went right in."

The teams continued to battle at the beginning of the third, but the Lakers got some breathing room when defenseman Sierra Cummings hit the back of the net off a wrister just over BBA’s blue line 4:47 minutes into the period.

Just over four minutes later, Colchester tacked on another goal when Hamblett snuck a wrister through Benson’s legs from just over the BBA blue line.

The goals put the Lakers more at ease, according to their coach Bob Lehouiller.

"Once we had that two goal lead it started to make the game simple," said Lehouiller. "Once it gets tighter we get tighter. So, the two goal lead was nice."

Colchester junior goalie Erica Hoffmann had 18 saves in the contest. Hamblett had two assists on the day.

The Bulldogs will travel to Rutland on Wednesday for their season finale at 5 p.m.