Zemianek’s 4 points lead Comets past Bulldogs

It took a little bit for the BFA-St. Albans girls hockey team to find its first goal of the game when it hosted Burr & Burton on Saturday.

But when they got the first goal, they poured it on, as the Comets came away with a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs.

“Historically that is sometimes the Comet issue is getting that first goal,” said BFA assistant coach Jeff Rouleau. “Sometimes it takes us a little while, but we knew we just had to keep going hard and one would go in eventually and just went from there.”

Junior Sophie Zemianek tallied four points in the game with two goals and two assists, including a coast-to-coast effort in the first period to put the team up 2-0 at the time.

“Sophie is a good defenseman, she can shoot it hard and she can make plays,” said Rouleau. “She has the ability to go end-to-end, which she showed tonight, but she also made a handful of beautiful passes off her rush tonight.”

Faith Reed tallied her first two career goals in the game with a tally in the second period and another late in the third shorthanded.

“Faith does a really nice job controlling the puck when she has it,” said Rouleau. “She doesn’t panic, and she also set up some teammates for some great opportunities throughout the game as well. It was nice to see her controlling the play and making good plays with the puck.”

The Comets peppered Burr & Burton goalie Lola Herzog with shots throughout the first period, but she stood tall to the task for the first 11 minutes of the game.

BFA finally found the back of the net when Ayla Shea (two assists) got the puck in the zone and Seneca Lamos flipped the puck from the boards to the slot. Calla Bourdeau slapped the puck top shelf to get the scoring started for the Comets.

Zemianek made it 2-0 shortly after, as she took the puck in the Comets’ own zone and skated into the offensive zone untouched and flipped a shot into the back of the net.

It was almost déjà vu early in the second period, as Zemianek skated into the Burr & Burton zone and took a wristshot past Herzog for the 3-0 lead.

Just 28 seconds later, Reed found a loose puck in front of the Bulldogs crease and knocked the puck into the net for her first career goal. Elizabeth Couture and Zemianek were credited with the assists.

Later in the period, the Comets showed off their passing on the powerplay, as Zemianek passed down low to Caroline Bliss, who sent a perfect cross-ice pass over to Jodie Gratton, who buried the shot for a 5-0 lead.

“Whenever you get a chance to shoot at a wide-open net, you have made some pretty good plays,” said Rouleau. “In that particular play, it took a little bit for the team to move the puck up and down, but once we got it up to Sophie, it kind of opened everything up and lanes opened up and the passes across were great. You can’t ask for anything prettier than what happened on that goal.”

Reed added a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the game, as she got loose behind the defense and made a move and the puck slipped under Herzog and into the net.

“I felt like the girls were looking to make plays today with their heads up and making quick passes,” said Rouleau. “The girls away from the puck were moving their feet to get into lanes and create opportunities. We just played really fast today.”

It was the second straight lopsided win for the Comets after topping CVU 5-0 on Wednesday. Macie Boissonneault (five saves) and Makenna Montgomery (six saves) combined for the shutout.

It’s been a good start for the Comets, who came into the season with a young team, but are starting to build their confidence so far with a 2-0-1 record.

“The younger players are all starting to get a feel for each other and know what is expected of them out there on the ice,” said Rouleau. “They know the right things to do, and we will have another big test when we play Essex in a couple of days.”

The Comets next game will be Tuesday when they travel to Essex. The two teams tied in the season opener, 1-1, at Collins Perley. “Mostly, we just have to keep doing the things we are doing when we go to Essex on Tuesday,” said Rouleau. “We have to keep our energy level up against Essex the entire game and minimize our mistakes. I thought we minimized our mistakes tonight, so we will have to see on Tuesday if we can do it again in a tighter, faster and more physical game.”

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