The BFA-St. Albans boys hockey team continued to look stellar in all facets during its game against Colchester on Wednesday night at Collins Perley.
The Bobwhites scored a goal in the second and third periods, while junior Mike Telfer made 22 saves for his first career varsity shutout.
“I think both teams played very well out there tonight,” said BFA coach Toby Ducolon. “I thought we played hard and had to fight to finish the game, but that’s a good thing. I was very happy with our performance tonight.”
It wasn’t all easy for Telfer, especially in the final two periods when he stopped 10 shots in the second and eight in the third.
“I thought Telfer did a very good job tracking the puck out there,” said Ducolon. “He looked comfortable, he saw the puck, he made it look easy, which is a great sign and we are very happy with that. They had a couple of chances that could have turned into something out there, but he suffocated those chances very quickly.”
Sean Beauregard got the scoring started in the second period with his second goal of the season. With the Bobwhites on the powerplay, Colby Morin took a shot that was saved by Colchester goalie Kieran Phillips, but Beauregard was right on the doorstep to knock the puck into the net to make it 1-0. Christian Vallee was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Both teams battled back and forth until the Bobwhites found a little breathing room early in the third period. One second after a powerplay ended, Collin Audy took a shot that Phillips saved, but again BFA was in the right place at the right time, as Levi Webb knocked in the loose puck for the 2-0 lead.
It was another strong game for Webb, who also scored during the team’s 5-2 win over Spaulding in the season opener on Saturday.
“Levi is a really good athlete that has a great awareness and sense of the game,” said Ducolon. “He’s little, but he is deceivingly strong and he works hard and has had a great couple of games for us to start.”
Along with BFA’s strong play on the powerplay, the penalty kill was also very good on the night, as it finished the game 3-for-3 and didn’t give up many quality chances.
The Bobwhites also had to kill off the final 3:33 of the game while down a man after being called for a major penalty. Colchester pulled the goalie to make it a 6-on-4, but the Bobwhites knocked away any chances and came close multiple times to scoring in the empty net.
“Our powerplay had great patience out there today,” said Ducolon. “For early on in the season, if you special teams are looking good and the goalie plays like Telfer did today and everyone is working hard, that’s all you can ask for.”
It was another strong outing for the Bobwhites, as they improved to 2-0 on the season and will have a tough test on Saturday when they travel to Essex.
“Right now because of the short season, we aren’t worried so much as other teams, but just worried about ourselves,” said Ducolon. “With that being said, we are happy with how we have started so far.”