The Missisquoi girls hockey team entered the third period of Saturday’s game at Rutland with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Thunderbirds, the lead didn’t last, as Rutland pulled off four unanswered goals, including three in a span of less than a minute to come away with the 4-3 win.
“We came out of the gates strong against a very skilled team and were able to capitalize on some early chances,” said MVU coach Brian Fortin. “Unfortunately, going into the third, we let off the gas and Rutland showed us why they are a Tier 1 team getting the momentum and scoring three goals in just under a minute. We had a strong first two period, but we just need to learn how to play with and protect a lead.”
Rutland outshot Missisquoi 36-15 in the game, but Madison Conley was terrific in net with 32 saves in the game.
“Getting outshot 36-15 isn’t a recipe for success and unfortunately, it bit us,” said Fortin. “It was unfortunate for Conley, who I thought had an outstanding game and ended up not having much of a chance on any of the goals scored.”
Brianna Parent got the scoring started late in the first period with assists going to Karissa LeClair and Abby Bessette. Bri Jarvis made it 2-0 early in the second with assists going to Parent and Haley Stefaniak. Parent’s second goal of the game made it 3-0 midway through the second period.
It was another tough game for the Thunderbirds, who have seen leads disappear in their last two games, both one-goal losses.
They fell to 1-4 on the year and will look to get back in the win column when they host Rice on Wednesday.