BBA girls hockey bursts into state finals

NORTHFIELD - The Burr and Burton Academy girls varsity ice hockey team was like lightning on ice in Tuesday's Lake Division state semifinals, striking early and often to ring up an electrifying 4-2 victory over Colchester and return trip to the Vermont finals.

No. 3 BBA (16-5-1) tallied the game's first four goals to take a commanding lead over the No. 2 Lakers (17-6) at Kreitzberg Arena. Bulldog forward Jenny Coppin scored twice on power-play opportunities late in the first period, the first on a deflection of a shot by Sarah Stearns and the second on a rebound off a Danielle Marmer miss.

Marmer then scored off an assist from Coppin midway through the second period, for what ultimately amounted to the game winner. Teammate Shawna Kelley fired the final shot in BBA's fireworks show early in the third period, putting home a rebound to pad the Bulldogs' edge to 4-0.

The Lakers finally mustered an answer nine seconds later, when Miceala Thiabult pushed her own rebound past Burr and Burton goalkeeper Kristen Palmer. Colchester's Amanda Brigante tallied the two-seed's final goal with 6:53 remaining, but the score would get no closer.

Palmer made 15 saves to record the win for BBA; Colchester's Brittany Rocheleau made 21 saves on the other end of the ice. The Bulldogs earned their third straight trip to the state finals, where they will face either top-seeded Missisquoi or No. 5 Rutland at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night.

The Lakers' No. 2 seed was their highest in the program's history.


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