It was a different kind of atmosphere when the BFA-St. Albans boys hockey team traveled down to Essex on Saturday afternoon.
It was the kind of game that with no fans being allowed in the stands was really noticeable since the games between the two Div. I powerhouses are normally packed with fans.
The product on the ice was about the same though, as the two teams battled all game long with the Hornets coming away with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.
“These are always great games between these two programs, and today was just another one of those great games,” said BFA assistant coach Ben Roberts. “It was obviously a little different than what these two teams are used to when you normally have a packed arena, but again it was two good teams and two good programs and these games are always fun.”
Joseph Maher scored both goals for the Hornets with both being slapshots from the blue line that found their way through traffic.
Mike Telfer kept BFA within reach the entire game, as he made 22 saves, including some big stops to keep it a two-goal game.
“Telfer did a great job today and made some very timely saves,” said Roberts. “He did a pretty good job with his rebound control and did a good job limiting their second-chance opportunities.”
It was a tough day for the Bobwhites’ powerplay, as they were 0-for-7 on the day, and couldn’t capitalize on an extended 5-on-3 midway through the second period.
“Their special teams did a good job today,” said Roberts. “I thought our special teams looked pretty good, but Essex did a good job killing the penalties today.”
It was another classic showdown between the two teams, as BFA felt to 2-1 on the season and will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when it hosts South Burlington.