Bulldogs tear into Colonels
MANCHESTER -- The Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team continued their winning ways on Saturday, scoring often en route to a 5-0 win over the Brattleboro Colonels.
The Bulldogs (7-1-1) came into Saturday’s game coming off a 3-3 tie with Northfield that snapped a six game winning streak.
Against Brattleboro, though, the scoring started six minutes into the game when forward Aggie Bisselle -- the leading point scorer for BBA with a goal and two assists -- lit the lamp.
BBA and the Colonels (1-6) battled for possession for the puck over the next several minutes before a faceoff in Brattleboro’s end set up the Bulldogs’ second score of the night.
Jordan Harmon got the puck off the faceoff and fired a shot that deflected off another player and slipped through the legs of Brattleboro goalie Alex Fellows with 3:22 left to play in the first for a 2-0 lead. Bisselle added the assist on the score as well.
Although they controlled possession of the puck for the majority of the first period, BBA coach Ed Lewicki indicated the team had a tough time in the early going.
"Besides the first two goals ... [they were] a little rusty. In the second and third, the competitive level was much better, especially the first and second lines," said Lewicki. "I think that the first and second lines are very deep for us. I think that there’s a little competition between them. That’s a good thing."
Brattleboro had opportunities throughout the game, but were unable to take advantage.
"We had some chances but we were only getting one chance at a time. We weren’t capitalizing on rebounds and their defense was tough," said Brattleboro coach Kraig LaPorte. "We had our chances. It was 2-0, we had a chance to make it 2-1, which would have been a moral boost for us and we just couldn’t capitalize. That’s the struggle we’ve had all season."
BBA came out more aggressive in the second period, swarming around the crease and attacking the net. Shortly after a sequence in which Fellows made four of her 10 saves in the period, BBA cashed in.
The Bulldogs surrounded the crease, taking multiple shots. Fellows made three saves before Daisy Sullivan punched it home off a Meghan Grabher assist from with 5:58 left in the second period to give BBA the 3-0 lead. Thirty seconds later, Bisselle found forward Mary Leech, who beat Fellows stick side.
Leech found Harmon early in the third period to finish the scoring
"That was good," Harmon said. "It bounced off the post and after like three tries I put it in."
Despite the five Bulldog goals, Fellows turned in a spectacular performance for the Colonels, making 29 saves.
"We talked to some of the [other] teams [that played her], Middlebury in particular, and Middlebury put 70 shots on that girl and she only let up five goals. So, she’s pretty good," said Lewicki. "Seventy shots. That’s crazy. She’s one of the better ones we’ve seen this year."
Fellows’ counterpart, Kaylie Benson, had 13 saves for BBA.
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