Fresh­men de­liver in Bron­cos’ rout of Storm

Pon­a­ganset duo of Briggs, Besser scores five goals in blowout win

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BRAN­DEN MELLO [email protected]­et­

BUR­RIL­LVILLE — Pon­a­ganset didn’t pro­vide a player to the Bur­ril­lville/Pon­a­ganset/Bay View co-op hockey team last sea­son.

In the first game of this sea­son, a pair of Chief­tain fresh­men com­bined for five goals Thurs­day night against over­matched the South County Storm. Fresh­man for­ward Is­abella Besser scored what turned out to be the game-win­ning goal 10 min­utes, 20 sec­onds into the open­ing pe­riod. She added two more goals in the third pe­riod to fin­ish her hat trick, while Pon­a­ganset class­mate Kris­ten Briggs scored twice in a 9-0 vic­tory over the Storm at Levy Rink.

“I like how the kids moved the puck,” BPBV coach Cort­ney Lacey said. “Once the fresh­men click and they get used to play­ing with the rest of the team, they’re go­ing to be re­ally good. They’re fast, they move the puck, they’re smart and they know where to go. Once they get used to play­ing with each other, they’ll be fine.”

BPBV (1-0 Di­vi­sion I) wasn’t tested by the team that beat them to claim the 2017 state ti­tle. South County put one shot on se­nior goalie Emily Etheridge in the open­ing pe­riod and the Bronco only had to make one save in the third pe­riod to record a shutout. On the other side of the ice, Pey­ton New­man made 28 saves and al­lowed two goals be­fore she was re­placed mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. The Bron­cos ended up putting 52 shots on net.

The Bron­cos are back in ac­tion to­mor­row night when they travel to Thayer Arena to take on War­wick/ Prout co-op.

“Emily is go­ing to have to come up big for us this sea­son. She’s a se­nior, she’s a cap­tain and she knows what she has to do,” Lacey said. “Es­pe­cially against teams like La Salle and the good teams, she knows what she needs to do. It seems like she al­ways does that in the big games. She did it last year.”

South County (0-1 Di­vi­sion I) was hemmed into its own zone from the open­ing whis­tle, so it was just a mat­ter of when – not if – the Bron­cos would score against New­man, who was in net when the teams met in the state fi­nal in 2017. The open­ing goal came at 10:20 when fresh­man Avery Mo­ri­arty slipped a cross-crease pass for Besser to slide into an open net.

The Bron­cos dou­bled their lead with 15 sec­onds left in the pe­riod when sopho­more de­fense­man Diana Poland found Bur­ril­lville sopho­more Madi­son McCutcheon for a goal. McCutcheon scored twice, while Poland played all 45 min­utes and recorded a goal and three as­sists.

“Diana sees the ice so well and ev­ery­thing we do is around her,” Lacey said. “She can con­trol the game and she does a good job con­trol­ling the team. We only play three de­fense­men, so she’s al­ways on the ice. Against some of the bet- ter teams like La Salle and Mount she’ll have to take a break, but in most games she’s go­ing to play the whole time.”

While the Storm didn’t put a shot on Etheridge in the mid­dle pe­riod, the Bron­cos con­tin­ued to bom­bard New­man with shots from every an­gle. It took the hosts 9:21 of the pe­riod to score their third goal, as Poland took a feed from Bur­ril­lville’s Cora Gaucher to score from close range. McCutcheon made it 4-0 late in the pe­riod after good work from Bur­ril­lville’s Alix Etheridge.

BPBV scored early and of­ten in the third pe­riod. It took Besser just 1:56 to score her sec­ond goal, and Briggs scored her first goal at 3:23 of the fi­nal pe­riod. Besser, Briggs and Bay View ju­nior de­fense­man Lizzy Ng fin­ished the scor­ing. Alix Etheridge and Mo­ri­arty fin­ished with three as­sists, while Ng also had an as­sist.

“All the girls were try­ing to go 100 miles per hour at the start of the game,” Lacey said. “We need them to learn to slow it down and play their game. High school hockey is dif­fer­ent from lower lev­els of hockey. Ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the fresh­men, just need to be more pa­tient when we have the puck.”

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South County 0 0 0—0

BPBV 2 2 5—9

First pe­riod – BPBV, Is­abella Besser (Avery Mo­ri­arty, Kris­ten Briggs), 10:20; BPBV, Madi­son McCutcheon (Diana Poland), 14:45.

Sec­ond pe­riod – BPBV, Poland (Cora Gaucher, Alix Etheridge), 9:21; BPBV, McCutcheon (Etheridge), 12:54.

Third pe­riod – BPBC, Besser (Poland, Mo­ri­arty), 1:56; BPBV, Briggs (Lizzy Ng), 3:33; BPBV, Besser (Mo­ri­arty, Poland), 4:30; BPBV, Briggs (unas­sisted), 7:22; BPBV, Ng (Etheridge), 12:15.

Saves – SC, Pey­ton New­man (28 saves); Mandy Koskela (15 saves); BPBV, Emily Etheridge (2 saves).

File photo

Bur­ril­lville se­nior goalie Emily Etheridge, seen here in a con­test last sea­son, only needed to make two saves to record a shutout in BPBV’s 9-0 vic­tory over South County Thurs­day night at Levy.

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