BBA ends losing skid with tie against Rice
MANCHESTER — Honored before the game after becoming only the second girls hockey player to reach the 100-point mark, Burr and Burton Academy's Aggie Bisselle made her presence felt in ending BBA's losing skid.
Bisselle scored both of BBA's goals, including the equalizer two minutes into the third period and goalie Molly Dingley made it stand up in a 2-2 tie on Saturday night at Riley Rink.
"I think what Aggie did out there on the ice was incredible," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "Both goals she scored are tough to do and the fact that she did that, while leading our team back into the game, really shows why she is one of the best players out there."
Losers of eight straight coming into their matchup against the Knights, BBA had been struggling to get goals on the board, which seemed to be the trend for the Bulldogs again early on, as they only got one shot on goal in the first period.
Down 2-0 in the last minute of play in the second period, the BBA offense finally struck lightning with Bisselle with a wrister from the point.
"I saw they were giving me the middle lane to drive, so I just drove down the middle and put a shot on net," Bisselle said. "I knew we needed to get something going offensively to get us going, so I was happy I was able to do that."
With momentum going BBA's way, Bisselle wasn't done and within the first two minutes of the third period, she spun around a defender and fired a shot past the Rice goaltender to tie the game.
The senior nearly won it late in regulation, but the score was disallowed on an offside call and the game went to overtime.
In overtime, Rice seized control by keeping the puck in the Bulldogs. The problem was for Rice though was the fact they couldn't get the puck past Dingley, who made two incredible saves to keep the game tied at 2-2.
"I just did a good job staying focused and keeping my eye on stopping the puck from getting past me," said Dingley, who had 25 saves in the game. "Also lately I feel I am seeing the puck better in the net, so that's been helping me getting a lot of saves as well."
BBA had a final chance to win in the overtime, but Chloe MacDonald's chance was wide.
"It's only a tie but it's an improvement for us," Lewicki said. "We have struggled the last eight game, so it's good for the kids to see some good results. We still need to get better getting more shots on net. We're still a young and inexperienced team, so we need to continue to grow as the season goes on if we want tally up some wins."
With the tie, BBA is now 1-8-1 on the season. The Bulldogs next game will be on the road against the only team they have beaten this season in Brattleboro. That game will be played next Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
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