Huge third period propels Bulldogs to victory

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MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys ice hockey team continued their offensive dominance to begin the season in their Division II showdown against Missisquoi on Wednesday night, defeating the Thunderbirds 7-4.

Tied 3-3 with Missisquoi entering the third period, the Bulldogs' offense went on the attack to try regain their lead, only to see Timmy Fournier score his second goal of the contest to give the Thunderbirds the lead early in the period.

Now trailing, BBA didn't fret and continued to push the puck into the Missiquoi zone. That help set up junior Jay McCoy to send a nice pass to teammate Tommy Grabher, who knocked in his first goal of the season to tie the game at 4-4.

Coming off a nice assist, McCoy got into the scoring action for the Bulldogs.

After denying Missiquoi from clearing the puck out of their zone, McCoy sent a one timer into the back of the net to give BBA a 5-4 lead.

"That score gave us a lot of momentum," McCoy said. "Our offense really started to get into flow because of our passing and it started setting up scoring opportunities for us as the third period went on.

A few moments later, the Bulldog were back on the scoreboard as Steven Schmitt broke away from the pack off a nice pass from Trey Lang and fired his team-high second goal of the contest to extend the Bulldogs lead to two.

Schmitt and his brother Egan both scored goals in the second period to help the Bulldogs take a 3-2 lead at the time.

"It's an exhilarating feeling being able to a couple goals to help your team win," Schmitt said. "My teammates did a good job helping setting up some scoring opportunities for me. We played total team hockey today to get the win."

The Bulldogs went on to score four unanswered goals to finish the game when junior Sam Cottrell scored on a power play goal with a little over three minutes left to play in the contest to seal up their third victory of the season.

BBA was on the power play a lot throughout the game as Missiquoi committed seven penalties in the contest, all of which coming in the first and third periods combined.

Bulldogs coach Mark Slade said he was very pleased with how well composed his team was during all the chippy play that was going on during the game.

"You can't help your team win if you're in the box, so being able to commit only two penalties and give ourselves a man advantage on the ice for parts of the game were huge for us," Slade said. "I am very proud of our guys being well composed and the way they battled all night."

Lang scored the Bulldogs' other power play goal in the first that put BBA on board first to begin the game.

The Bulldogs had six different players score a goal for them in the win.

BBA now has scored five or more goals in four of the games that they have played this season.

Senior Maxx Ingison dished out a team-high two assists in the victory for BBA.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-1 on the season and a perfect 3-0 at Riley Rink.

"This was great win for our team," Slade said. "It was great to see the team bounce back from their first loss last week to get the win here against a really good Missisquoi team. We're playing really well as team right now and we're focusing on continuing to build off that as we go on into the rest of the season."

The Bulldogs will next play host to Mount Mansfield on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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