By ANTHONY LABOR
Northwest Vermont Sports
Playoff-like games are the kind of games the BFA-St. Albans girls hockey team is looking to play as it heads toward the end of the regular season.
And the playoff-like games is what they are getting.
After coming away with a hard-fought 3-1 win over South Burlington on Saturday, the Comets came away with another 3-1 decision Wednesday, this time coming against Burlington-Colchester.
“(Burlington/Colchester) is a fairly young team just like we are, they graduated quite a few players from last year, and the last couple of years we have had some great games with them,” said BFA coach Luke Cioffi. “These kinds of games are what you want, especially in a shortened season, so they are only going to help us. Going into the third period 1-1, it’s anyones game, so we will take it.”
Seneca Lamos tallied her first two goals as a Comet, as she scored the first and second goals for the team in Wednesday’s game. After assisting on Lamos’ second goal, Sophie Zemianek gave the team some breathing room with a goal of her own late in the game.
“It was a good game for Seneca with her two goals and Sophie was up and down the ice in all aspects,” said Cioffi.
Lamos got the Comets on the board early in the game, as she blocked a clearing attempt and fired a quick wristshot past the blocker of Burlington/Colchester goalie Paige Codega-Ryan (20 saves).
The SeaLakers got on the board midway through the second period when Ruby Wool got into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 with Brynn Coughlin. She flipped a pass over to Coughlin, who put her shot to the top of the net to make it a 1-1 game.
Lamos wasted no time in the third period putting the Comets back ahead. Zemianek skated the puck to the slot and had her shot blocked, but Lamos was right behind her to pick up the rebound and flip a shot into the net for the 2-1 lead.
BFA goalie Macie Boissonneault came up with a clutch save shortly after with the Comets on the penalty kill. Burlington/Colchester got a shot to Boissonneault and the rebound came right back out in front of the net to a Sealakers’ stick. Boissonneault made a sprawling stop and smothered the puck for a whistle to keep it a 2-1 game.
With just over a minute to go in the game, Zemianek gave the Comets a two-goal lead skating the puck into the zone and putting a wristshot off Codega-Ryan’s glove and into the net.
Boissonneault finished the game with 16 saves, including seven in the third period.
The BFA penalty kill was stellar throughout the game going 3-for-3 and not giving up many good chances.
“I’m very pleased with the groups we are putting out there on the penalty kill,” said Cioffi. “Their positioning is good, they are taking the opportunities to pressure the puck and playing real smart.”
The Comets improved to 4-1-1 on the season and will host Missisquoi for their next game on Saturday.