Assistant Sports Editor
MANCHESTER -- When the Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team goes on the power play, senior forward Morgan Bazyk's eyes light up.
In Monday's contest against Champlain Valley-South Burlington, Bazyk lit the lamp twice at Riley Rink on the power play to lead the Bulldogs past the Rebel Hawks 3-1.
"When I go out on the power play I go out thinking I am going to score," Bazyk said. "The whole team was out there and we said ‘we were going to get those goals.' We knew they were crucial to winning that game, and that power play in the second was very important."
The Bulldogs would come out and put the pressure on the Rebel Hawks from the start, taking 13 shots compared to CVU-SB's 7 in the first period. But it would be the Rebel Hawks that would strike first.
With just over a minute left in the first period, Kyla Driver found herself in front of the net with a loose puck. Chopping her shot high, Driver sent the puck into the air, past a defender and the outstretched glove of BBA goalie Kaylie Benson (13 saves) to give the Rebel Hawks a 1-0 lead.
"I thought we played pretty good in the first period," CVU-SB coach Mickey Toof said. "In the second we ran around too much and panicked."
After going into the break with the score still 1-0, BBA came out in the second and tied things up after four minutes.
Junior Hannah Dingley started the play, sending a pass from behind the net into the slot where junior Daisy Sullivan stood unmarked. Sullivan then put her shot on goal, beating CVU-SB goalie Courtney Peyko (28 saves) high and to the right to level things at 1-1.
"Coach [Ed] Lewicki told us that we should be looking for shots in the slot because it was open," Sullivan said. "I got the puck and I just shot high."
Less than two minutes later, and Bazyk would score her first to give BBA the deciding goal.
After Molly Dunphy was called for a hooking penalty with 10:20 to play in the half, BBA went on the power play and would find a goal with 9:22 to play.
Bazyk started and finished the play herself, wrapping around the net from right to left and slamming the puck home to the near post to make it 2-1.
"I thought the first power play was awesome," Lewicki said. "The puck was in the zone until we scored. It was something they were working on, and it was a credit to the girls for working hard."
Bazyk nearly doubled up a few minutes later, but on the breakaway her shot was saved by Peyko.
"I don't know if it was bus legs, but we stopped playing in the second," Toof said. "I thought we lost our momentum that we had."
Before the second period was over, BBA had to fight off part of a penalty kill.
The Bulldogs were called for having too many skaters on the ice 1:17 to play. On the ensuing faceoff, Josie Toof nearly found the top part of the net, but her shot went wide. The Bulldogs were able to hold out until the end of the period, something Lewicki thought was key to stopping the power play.
"I think it helped us that it was split at the end of the period," Lewicki said. "We came back out and I don't think they got a shot off."
The Rebel Hawks did get one shot off to start the third, but Rachel Pitcher's effort was easily dealt with by Benson to kill off the opportunity.
The Rebel Hawks would have one last chance to tie the game with just over 10 minutes left in the contest. Molly Dunphy saw one of her shots saved then had another shot blocked by the BBA defense to end the goalscoring threat.
BBA would add an insurance goal when Courtney Barrett was whistled for a penalty with 4:13 to play.
It would take about 40 seconds for the goal to come, with junior Jordan Harmon setting up Bazyk for her second when Harmon saw a shot of hers in front of the net stuffed. With the puck coming back to her, Harmon slid it a foot to the left where Bazyk was able to get it over the line at the near post.
Burr and Burton moves to 1-1 with the win, while CVU-SB falls to 1-1. BBA takes to the ice next on Wednesday against Mt. Mansfield.