Bourque, MSC stun Burrillville with late goals
WOONSOCKET — For the first 42 minutes of Friday night’s Division I season opener against Mount St. Charles, it looked like the Burrillville hockey team was going to notch its second straight victory over the Mounties at Adelard Arena.
Thanks to goals in the second and third periods from sophomore forward Ryan Deschamps, the Broncos held a two-goal advantage with just three minutes left in the contest.
And then the Mounties, who came into the season unsure of where goals were going to come from this season, stormed back to stun the Broncos in overtime.
After Alex Pratt cut Mount’s deficit in half, Trey Bourque tied the game with 14 seconds left, and then Bourque scored again two minutes into overtime to lift the Mounties to a 3-2 overtime victory.
Burrillville (0-0-1 Division I) went home with a point, but the point will feel hollow for a squad which controlled the contest for long stretches of the first two periods. The Broncos have no time to feel sorry for themselves because talented Medfield (Mass.) comes to Levy Rink for a 2 p.m. contest today.
Mount St. Charles ( 1- 00 Division I) will feel good about a lot of things that took place against the Broncos. Not only did Bourque show he could be a go- to scorer, but senior goalie Ryan Forget made superb, as he made saves on breakaways by Elliot Lafond and Deschamps in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
Forget, who made 41 saves during regulation, was matched through the opening 15 minutes by Dylan Nault, who made seven saves in the opening period.
Mount’s best chance to open the scoring came in the middle of the second period when senior defenseman Alex Gonfrade had a slap shot gobbled up by Nault.
Burrillville opened the scoring with 1:48 left in the second period on the game’s first power play. After Forget stopped a shot by freshman Brayden Deschamps, Ryan Deschamps was in position to net the power-play goal.
The Broncos doubled their lead 4:48 into the final period when Colin McCarthy’s shot from the point was tipped past Forget by Ryan Deschamps.
Mount appeared to be heading to a second straight defeat to the Broncos at home, but Pratt grabbed a goal back with 2:10 left in regulation after good work from Bailey Thibeault and junior forward John Belisle.
With Forget pulled in favor of a sixth skater, the Mounties sent the game to overtime when Bourque slid a shot past Nault.
Bourque secured the win two minutes into overtime after a pass from sophomore Cee-Jay Laquerre.
The Mounties are back at Adelard Arena Tuesday afternoon in an inter- state clash against St. John’s of Shrewsbury.
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