Bobwhites use big third period to drop Wolves

Despite controlling most of the play for the majority of the first two periods, the BFA-St. Albans boys hockey team found itself in a 1-1 tie at the end of 30 minutes during its game against South Burlington on Wednesday.

One mistake led to the tying goal for the Wolves, but the Bobwhites responded in the third period scoring early and often, as they tallied four goals in the final period to come away with a 5-1 victory.

Matt Merrill got the scoring started in the first period after blocking the puck at the Bobwhites’ blue line and skating in on a breakaway with the team on the powerplay. His wrist shot hit the inside of the post and went in for the 1-0 lead.

The Bobwhites had chances throughout the rest of the first period and the entire second period, but couldn’t find that second goal. After South Burlington killed a penalty midway through the second period, Ethan Perkinson picked the puck off in the neutral zone and skated in free on BFA goalie Mike Telfer. Perkinson’s low shot got past Telfer to make it a 1-1 game.

It would stay that way until 42 seconds into the third period when Christian Vallee won an offensive zone faceoff and slid the puck to Sean Beauregard whose shot was partially blocked by the goalie, but didn’t get enough as the puck trickled in.

The Bobwhites poured it on from there with Merrill and Beauregard both tallying their second goals later in the period and Aiden Savoy added a goal.

Gavin Fraties, Colin Audy, Owen Benoit and Nate Benoit all had assists in the game for the Bobwhites. Telfer finished the game with 17 saves.

The Bobwhites improved to 3-1 on the season and will be on the road on Saturday for its next game at Colchester.

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