Harmon, Bisselle power BBA past Brattleboro
The Bulldogs (7-1-1) came into Saturday's game coming off a 3-3 tie with Northfield which snapped a six game winning streak.
Against Brattleboro though they got the scoring started about six minutes into the game when forward Aggie Bisselle - who was 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 face off in Brattleboro territory set up the Bulldogs second score of the night.
Jordan Harmon - who was assisted on the play by Bisselle - got the puck off the face off 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 period to give BBA the 2-0 lead.
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 compete level was much better, especially the first and second lines," said Lewicki. "I think that first and second line are very deep for us. I think that there's a little competition between them. That's a good thing." Although Brattleboro had opportunities throughout the game they were unable to take advantage.
"We had some chances but we were only getting one chance at 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, the Bulldogs made another unrelenting attack. This time though Fellows was not as fortunate.
For the second time in the period the Bulldogs surrounded the crease, taking multiple shots. Fellows was able to make three saves before Daisy Sullivan was able to punch it home off the assist from Meghan Grabher with 5:58 left to play in the second period to give BBA the 3-0 lead. Thirty seconds later Bisselle found forward Mary Leech who beat Fellows stick side, sliding the puck into the corner of the net.
The Bulldogs continued to put pressure on the Colonels, scoring about 2:30 into the third when Leech found Harmon on the other side of the crease.
"That was good," Harmon said. "It bounced off the post and after like three tries I put it in."
Despite the five goals the Bulldogs scored, Fellows turned in a spectacular performance, making 29 saves throughout the course of the game.
"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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