MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team did not look like the team that had won six of seven on Saturday night against North Country.
In what BBA coach Kevin Fleurie claimed was "the worst game his team has played all season," the Bulldogs lost to the Falcons, 4-1.
The Bulldogs fell victim to way too many penalties, committing seven in the game.
"We committed a lot of lazy penalties today, which isn't smart hockey," Fleurie said. "We didn't move our feet out their on the ice and that put us into situations where North Country took advantage of it."
After North Country took an early 1-0 lead in the first period, the penalty bug started to hit the Bulldogs.
BBA was penalized three times in the first period, one of which led to a power play goal for the Falcons, to put the Bulldogs into a two-goal deficit going into the second period.
To start the second period, North Country had a 5-on-3 advantage because of the penalties, but the Bulldogs defense stepped up and kept the deficit still at 2-0.
Then the BBA offense pulled one back, taking advantage of a North Country penalty. A minute into their power play, senior captain Jack Ams slapped one into the net to cut the lead in half.
"I thought we were going to come back and win the game after I scored the goal to make it 2-1," Ams said. "I could feel we got some momentum going then and that the team's confidence started to rise up a bit."
Ams' goal though prove to be the goal for BBA in the game, as penalties again became a factor for the Bulldogs, later in the second period.
With less then two seconds left in the second period, Falcon sophomore Brady Perron pushed one into the net to get the North Country lead back to a two-goal advantage.
The sloppy play continued in the third period as BBA committed three more penalties, one of which led to another Falcon goal.
"We didn't stick to any systems and committed too many penalties. That's why we lost today," Fleurie said. "It was a bad a night for us and we're going to have to find away to overcome it in our next game."
The next game for the now 7-4 Bulldogs, will be next Saturday back home at Riley Rink against Rutland.
"This week in practice we're going go back to the basics and make sure were locked on with our systems," Fleurie said. "Most importantly this week in practice we're going to make sure our team camaraderie is still high, because after a tough loss like this sometimes it can go down a bit."