Fresh­men de­liver in Bron­cos’ rout of Storm

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

Woonsocket Call - - 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 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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