BBA boys top Burlington for first win

MANCHESTER - In the second part of a doubleheader at Riley Rink on Saturday the Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team used a great defensive performance by goalie Julian Woodrow and solid offensive performance by Nathaniel Eisenman to propel them to a 5-3 win - their first of the season - over the Burlington Seahorses.

"It all starts with goaltending and if you can get consistent goaltending it always gives you a chance," said BBA coach Joe Ferrara. "Although Julian's a junior he's never played. He's never started a game until this year so his playing experience has been low. tonight Julian was consistent and he was sharp with his rebounds and angles and he's getting more confident."

Woodrow made 32 saves on the night - 15 of which came during the second period.

Penalties played a significant role in the game for both teams as both BBA and Burlington (0-4) scored two goals each off the power play.

"Any time in a game when you get penalties it kills any kind of momentum you have and I think that definitely happened to us tonight," said Burlington coach Lou Dimasi. "When you don't put the whole game on the board and you only play half the game you know that's the kind of results you get."

With 1 second left to go on a BBA power play Eisenman put the Bulldogs on the board first with 5:48 remaining in the period.

A couple minutes later it would be Burlington's turn to return the favor. Burlington went on the power play after BBA was called for tripping and four seconds before the power play was set to expire right wing William Ackerman was able to equalize with 1:24 remaining before the end of the period.

In the second period it was Eisenman again who put BBA out in front, scoring unassisted about 7 minutes into the period.

"Nate Eisenman, who went down with an injury to his jaw, he got two goals tonight. So, he stepped up for us big," said Ferrara.

Ten seconds later Jacob Bazyk lit the lamp off assists from Chris Kornaros and Andy Ishu to put the Bulldogs on top 3-1.

But the Seahorses had not intention of going down quietly. With just over two minutes Jack Lenihan found the back of the net off assists from Tommy Burchard and Holden Ackerman to pull Burlington within a goal.

The third period opened up with Burlington still trailing by a goal, but a penalty on Burlington for slashing set up the power play for BBA and they took advantage. Four seconds into the power play James Doherty found the back of the net off the assist from Jack give BBA the 4-2 lead.

With about five minutes remaining in the game Burlington went on the power play after BBA had been called for holding. Just as the Bulldogs had done earlier in the period, center Jack Breen made the most of the opportunity for the Seahorses, scoring with 13 seconds left on the power play to narrow the gap to 4-3.

That's as close as they would get though. With 41 seconds left in the game Burlington pulled the goalie. Ten seconds later freshman forward Maxwell Ingison scored on the wide open net to seal the deal for BBA.

"We've been working so hard since Nov. 18 and we couldn't be more excited for the players," said Ferrara. "We've improved every practice, every game and we've been in a lot of games [and] we just haven't been able to finish and tonight we were able to finish."

Burlington goalie Paul Truman finished with 17 saves on the night.

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