The BFA-St. Albans boys hockey team celebrated its three seniors after its game against CVU on Saturday.
After the game the Bobwhites recognized Nathan Benoit, Colby Morin and Christian Vallee, but during the game it was sophomore Liam Wood that proved to be the difference during the game scoring the game-decided goal to help the Bobwhites to a 3-2 win over the Redhawks.
“I thought our second and third period were really good,” said BFA coach Toby Ducolon. “I thought we did some good things in the second period and were rewarded in the third. Overall, that was a very good game for us.”
Midway through the third period with the Bobwhites up 2-1, the Bobwhites got the puck on net that was saved by CVU goalie Jack Averill but Wood powered through the scramble and poked the puck into the net for the 3-1 lead.
It was a solid shift by the third line with Wood, Tommy Wilbur and Ezra Lanfear that led to the goal for the Bobwhites.
“The third line is just getting better by the game,” said Ducolon. “You are very effective as a team when you get another group that gets going like they are.”
CVU got the game to within one off an offensive zone faceoff win by Zach Baker who got it back to Owen Pierce at the blue line. Pierce took a low wrist shot that found its way through traffic and hit off the inside of the post and in to make it a 3-2 game.
The Bobwhites stood tall the rest of the way and didn’t allow CVU to generate much offense after the Redhawks were called for a five-minute major late in the third.
After a first period that didn’t see a lot of pucks get to either goalie, the Redhawks wasted no time getting the first goal on the board in the second period. Just 27 seconds into the frame Cam Saia took a shot that BFA goalie Mike Telfer (13 saves) saved, but Devon Fay was there for the rebound to give CVU the 1-0 lead.
Shortly after with BFA on the powerplay, Morin got the puck over to Owen Benoit at the blue line, who took a slapshot that got through traffic and into the net to tie the game 1-1.
“Owen played really well tonight and might have been one of his best games,” said Ducolon. “His speed is very deceiving and makes it look effortless, and he’s just a really talented player. So, it was good to see him get his first goal out there today.”
The Bobwhites continued to generate consistent offense throughout the rest of the second period, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Just over a minute into the third period, Colin Audy took a pass from Sean Beauregard and skated to the front of the net and powered a shot past the pad of Averill to make it 2-1.
It was another solid outing in the last regular-season home game for Benoit, Morin and Vallee.
“This might be the smallest senior group I have had here, but it’s a great group,” said Ducolon. “It might be the smallest class we have, but it’s just as quality a group of seniors that we have had. Without those three we aren’t where we are right now.”
The Bobwhites improved to 6-1 on the season and will finish the regular season on the road Tuesday at Rutland.