MANCHESTER -- In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Riley Rink on Saturday, the Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team used a solid day in net from goalie Julian Woodrow and two goals by Nathaniel Eisenman to propel the Bulldogs to a 5-3 win -- their first of the season -- over Burlington.
"It all starts with goaltending and if you can get consistent goaltending, it always gives you a chance," said BBA (1-7) coach Joe Ferrara. "Although Julian’s a junior, he’s never played. He’s never started a game until this year. Tonight, Julian was consistent and he was sharp with his rebounds and angles and he’s getting more confident."
Woodrow made 32 saves -- 15 in the second period.
Penalties played a significant role in the game for both teams as each scored two goals during the power play.
"Any time in a game when you get penalties it kills any kind of momentum you have and I think that definitely happened to us tonight," said Burlington coach Lou Dimasi. "When you don’t put the whole game on the board and you only play half the game you know that’s the kind of results you get."
Eisenman scored his first of the night with a second left on a Bulldog power play for an early 1-0 lead. Burlington tied it with 84 seconds left in the first period when William Ackerman equalized, also on the power play.
In the second period, Eisenman again put BBA in front, scoring unassisted midway through the period. The junior went down later in the game with an injury to his jaw.
Shortly afterward, Jacob Bazyk lit the lamp off assists from Chris Kornaros and Andy Ishu for a 3-1 lead.
But the Seahorses had no intention of going down quietly. With two minutes remaining in the second, Jack Lenihan found the back of the net off assists from Tommy Burchard and Holden Ackerman to pull Burlington within a goal.
BBA regained a two-goal lead, scoring again on the man-advantage as James Doherty found the back of the net off a Jack Ams assist.
Burlington had another charge with five minutes left and capitalized as BBA went a man down. Center Jack Breen made the most of the opportunity for the Seahorses, scoring with 13 seconds left on the penalty to make it 4-3, but they would get no closer, as BBA freshman forward Maxx Ingison scored an empty-netter.
"We’ve been working so hard since Nov. 18 and we couldn’t be more excited for the players," said Ferrara. "We’ve improved every practice, every game and we’ve been in a lot of games...[and] we just haven’t been able to finish and tonight we were able to finish."