Five score as BBA rolls
MANCHESTER -- Depth in the scoring department has been key all year for the No. 2 Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team.
Wednesday night that was no different as five different Bulldogs found the net in a 6-0 dismantling of No. 7 Mt. Mansfield in a Lake Division quarterfinal contest at Riley Rink in Manchester.
The BBA first line of Aggie Bisselle, Jordan Harmon and Mary Leech all tallied in the game, but BBA coach Ed Lewicki noted that it was the contributions of the second line that stood out in the game.
"We had great contributions from the second line tonight," Lewicki said. "We did kind of challenge the second line because they haven't scored in a few weeks. A lot of our season has been that depth, but in the last few games it's been the first line."
Daisy Sullivan, Kristi Lewicki and Megan Grabher answered the call on Wednesday, as Sullivan and Lewicki each found the net and dished out an assist while Grabher, in just her second game back after a lengthy layoff, set up a goal to help seal the win.
The first goal, though, did not come until the second period when Harmon finally cracked MMU goalie Fiona-Rose Dulude (26 saves) with a shot from a tight angle.
"I was in the corner and I curled. It was a weird angle," Harmon said. "I didn't think it was going to go in, but I think that's why it did because I don't think the goalie thought it was possible to go in."
Harmon's goal opened up the floodgates for BBA, and after her goal at 12:25 in the second Sullivan doubled the lead at the 9:23 mark when she broke out from a face-off in the BBA end to go one-on-one with Dulude and beat her for the goal. Lewicki was credited with the assist.
The third goal would prove to be the most fatal for MMU.
On the power play, Mt. Mansfield's Lauren Hagerty hit a shot from the slot that nearly beat BBA goalie Kaylie Benson (20 saves), but Benson was able to save it. A scrum ensued after the save, but BBA was able to clear the puck out to mid-ice where Bisselle was able to pick the puck up and go the distance, beating Dulude on her glove side high for a shorthanded tally.
"I don't think [Dulude] was quite on the post all the way, so we could slip it through [glove] side," Bisselle said.
"Special teams are always a big part of the game," said MMU coach Paul Wintersteen. "To give up a shorthanded goal really set us back and didn't allow us to get back in the game. We had a golden opportunity ... but it didn't happen."
Before the second period ended, senior captain Leech scored with 3:33 remaining with a high snipe to the left of goal that evaded the glove of Dulude.
In the third, it was all fundamental as Lewicki (11:54) and Bisselle (9:16) each tallied to round out the scoring. As the game wore on, MMU players started to feel the frustration of a season ending and were whistled for six penalties, five coming after Bisselle scored the sixth for BBA.
In the first period, BBA outshot MMU 12-2, but three penalties hampered the Bulldogs' ability to open the scoring.
Bisselle, who was whistled for one of the penalties in the first, blamed them on the team's lack of effort to start.
"We were being lazy, not moving our feet quite as much as we should have," Bisselle said. "They were stupid penalties, they were not necessary."
While the offensive output is what caught the eye for fans at Riley Rink, coach Lewicki was also full of praise for his goaltender.
"I think that Kaylie deserves most of [the defensive] credit. We gave up 20 shots, Kaylie had to have some quality saves in that 20. I thought she was as good as she has been in the last few weeks tonight. If she plays like that, we do well."
BBA advances to the semifinals, although the date and time are to be announced. The Bulldogs will play the winner of No. 3 Northfield against No. 6 Rice, which finished after publication on Wednesday.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.