Chamberlain goal sends BBA to quarters

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MANCHESTER — Tenth-seeded Burlington High School held a 1-0 lead over No. 7 Burr and Burton for 37 minutes and 22 seconds in the first round of Vermont's Division II boys hockey playoffs. But the Bulldogs turned things around with a goal in the final minutes of regulation, then another in overtime to advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win at Riley Rink.

With 3:37 remaining, Burlington led and BBA went down to one defenseman to put four forwards on the ice before head coach Mark Slade took a timeout. After laying out the plan, he reminded the team to stay focused.

BBA failed to score on their first possession after the timeout, and Burlington iced the puck twice within the next minute. BBA goalie Ethan Simonds came out for an extra skater with 2:25 left and the Seahorses missed the empty net twice.

Off a faceoff to the right of Seahorses' goalie Brad Labombard, the puck found its way to the front of the net. Burlington failed to clear and junior forward Nicky Miceli bounced the puck from backhand to forehand, sending it top shelf just above Labombard's right shoulder.

In overtime, Duncan Chamberlain had a pair of chances to send Bulldogs supporters home happy. On the first, Labombard made the stop, but on the second, Chamberlain picked up the puck in front of the Bulldogs' net, moved into the offensive zone and rifled a shot past Labombard and the Bulldogs cleared the bench in celebration.

Expectations were high, but the Bulldogs found themselves down early on a goal from Burlington's Colton Poulin. Despite doubling them up on shots, the Bulldogs struggled to score against the Seahorses through two periods.

Next up, Burr & Burton will face No. 2 Woodstock in a second round match-up Wednesday at 5:40 p.m. at Union Arena. It's expected to be a defensive struggle as the teams combined to score one goal in two games against each other this season.

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