In the second of three matchups between the top girls hockey programs in the state, round two went to Essex.
Despite very even play for a majority of the game, a brief lapse in the final five minutes cost BFA-St. Albans against their longtime rival, as the Hornets came away with a 3-1 victory.
The Comets led after the first period 1-0 after a goal by Annika Fersing with Drew Ducolon tallying the assist. Essex tied the game with a powerplay goal in the second period and the two teams battled back-and-forth up until the final five minutes of the game.
Essex tallied two goals in the final five minutes of the game to come away with the two-goal victory. Macie Boissonneault finished with 24 saves. Essex goalie Sophie Forcier had 18.
“Overall, I thought we played better than the first game (1-1 tie in season opener) outside of the last five minutes of the third period,” said BFA coach Luke Cioffi. “We had quality scoring opportunities and played well defensively for 40 of the 45 minutes. We had a couple of unfortunate defense turnovers that ended up in the back of our goal.”
It was the first loss of the season for the Comets, who are now 2-1-1. Essex improved to 3-0-1.
BFA will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts South Burlington.