Third period rush lifts Bulldogs
MANCHESTER >> The Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team had been in a funk for the past five games, losing four of the five before Wednesday's game against Mount Mansfield.
Maybe the way the third period went can knock the Bulldogs out of that funk.
BBA scored four times in the third period to pull away from a game Cougar side in a 6-3 victory at Riley Rink.
"We've had instances where we've had guys out sick for weeks at a time, we were down seven tonight," said BBA coach Kevin Fleurie. "Coming in it was about working together as a team and playing our systems, making sure that guys who haven't been playing can come back and know what they're doing on the ice."
Maxx Ingison and Sam Cottrell led the way with each scoring two goals and an assist.
Mount Mansfield took the early lead, after corralling an errant pass in the BBA zone, Dylan Davis put the puck in the back of the net past Bulldog goalie Jeremy Fleming for a 1-0 lead about nine minutes in.
Less than a minute later, BBA countered with Jack Ams, skating past the last defender and firing it past MMU goalie Phoenix Lamonda to tie the game at 1-1, which is how the period ended. Ams' goal was assisted by Jordan Eisenman. The Bulldogs nearly got a second score, but Lamonda stopped Ingison from point-blank with five seconds left.
"After they scored the first goal, we're said that we're tired of it, we have to get something going," said Cottrell. "We got some big hits and we started to take over."
In the second period, after a Burr and Burton penalty for having too many men on the ice, Ingison got in front of the rush, went 2-on-1 and scored shorthanded to give BBA a 2-1 lead with 7:35 left in the second period. Cottrell added the assist.
"They are two of our better players, no getting around it," Fleurie said. "They are good skaters and good teammates and it's starting to come together as a team. We have changed line combinations with guys being out and it's nice to see how well they work together."
In the third, Mount Mansfield stalked the BBA offensive zone looking for an equalizer, finally finding it less than three minutes into it. After Fleming made an initial stop on a shot, Kyle Wright took a rebound in front and popped it past Fleming to tie the game at 2-2.
Two and a half minutes later, BBA took the lead again, this time for good. Digging and fighting in the corner for the puck, Ingison got to it and found Cottrell near the front of the net for a 3-2 lead.
"When they scored the second goal, the whole team needed to pick it up, we want home advantage for playoffs," Cottrell said. "We needed to get back on the ship, get it deep [in the corner] and chase."
Another two minutes went by and BBA added some insurance as Ingison scored himself off an assist from Cameron to make it 4-2 and with 2:48 left put the game out of reach with another score. Ingison spotted Jay McCoy at the top of the crease and McCoy made his shot count for a 5-2 lead. Four of the six BBA goals were assisted.
"We've been looking for unselfishness and emphasizing that," Fleurie said. "It's important to make goalies move, and it's nice to grind it out in front of the net."
BBA added an empty net goal at the 2:02 mark, McCoy the faciliator for Cottrell's second goal.
Mount Mansfield scored on the power play with 1:19 left, Patrick Burke doing the honors, but it was too little, too late for the Cougars.
Fleming made 18 saves, while Lamonda 34 saves on 39 shots. BBA is 9-7, while MMU drops to 8-8 and the Bulldogs hop over the Cougars in the Division II standings.
"It's a huge game and we need the win for a home playoff game, it's a real confidence builder and hopefully we can build off it," Cottrell said.
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