MANCHESTER - Led by senior forward Taylor Hallowell, the Essex Hornets defeated the Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team 4-0 on Wednesday night.

"I thought there were moments where we played as well as we played all season, which was good to see," said Essex coach John Maddalena. "We were a little inconsistent at times, but we're young as is Burr and Burton."

Essex (6-4-1) took the lead early, scoring just over five minutes into the game when a shot by sophomore forward Melanie Theriault - which appeared to have been stopped by BBA goalie Meg Chandler - snuck through her legs and across the goal line for the score.

Essex came out aggressive in the second period as BBA (4-6-1) struggled to get out of the neutral zone.

"They dominated," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "I give them all the respect in the world for the first period. Then we came out and we just didn't play in the second period. Give Essex some credit. They came out and upped their game a little bit and we didn't come out and play [that way]."

Less than a minute into the period, Hallowell - one of the team's captains - beat Chandler stick side to provide Essex with some breathing room.

Hallowell wasn't done though. With 6:18 remaining in the second period she fired a shot past Chandler into the lower left corner of the goal to put Essex up 3-0 off an assist from junior defenseman Alexandria Celia.

"She's played well in this rink," said Maddalena.


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"As a freshman she scored her very first goal in this rink in her first game and as a senior she got a great backhand goal [tonight] she had a great night"

Play went back and forth throughout much of the third period. Then with 5:58 left to play Essex received a two minute penalty for interference. Not long after the penalty, Essex fired a shot on goal, which was deflected, but seconds later sophomore forward Kathleen Young scored shorthanded assisted by Hallowell and Celia with 5:23 remaining in the game.

Following the fourth goal, Lewicki pulled Chandler - who had 23 saves on the day - and put in sophomore goalie Jen Dorr who had two saves.

Essex goalie Victoria Gibson had 21 saves.

Young also had an assit on the night.