MANCHESTER >> The story for most of the season for the Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team in their losses has been penalties.
Saturday night was no different for the Bulldogs, who committed seven penalties in their 5-1 loss to Milton.
"When you have guys in the penalty box for half the game, you're not going to get the win," said BBA assistant coach Zach Stewart. "We were very undisciplined today out there on the ice, so our guys have to become more disciplined hockey players and [not] commit lazy penalties."
In the first period, the BBA offense was aggressive, but they weren't able to convert any chances early.
A turnover gave Milton its first chance as senior Zach Robtoy fired it past BBA goalie Jeremy Fleming for a 1-0 lead.
Down 1-0 going into the second period, BBA looked get a goal to tie things up and got a grand opportunity to do so with a power play but the Yellow Jackets scored themselves short-handed, off the stick of Cole Gaudette.
Suddenly instead of having the chance to tie the game, the Bulldogs were now down two goals and then the penalties started to take its toll.
Halfway through the second period, a BBA hooking penalty put Milton on the power play and the Yellow Jackets capitalized on the man advantage, scoring a goal a minute into the power play to extend their lead to 3-0. Seconds after the end of the power play, Milton scored against to make it 4-0.
In the third period, another Bulldogs penalty put them a man down again and Milton made it 5-0 with a power play goal.
The infractions weren't just on the ice, either. BBA coach Kevin Fleurie was ejected after a game misconduct penalty in the second period.
Burr and Burton Academy avoided the shutout in the third period as Trey Lang glided into the Milton zone and slashed one through the net to get BBA on the board.
"It felt great to get a goal and not have zeros on the board for us tonight, but this game was a really tough loss for us," Lang said. "This game proved that we need to play with more heart and hustle out there on the ice if we want to compete with the best in our division."
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 9-8 on the season.
BBA has three more games left in the regular season, with the first one being on the road against Missiquoi on Wednesday at 5 p.m.