Bulldogs lead throughout, top Colonels

MANCHESTER — In a lot of sports, success usually comes when a player is in the right place at the right time.

This was especially true on Wednesday.

Penelope "Kilo" Francomb scored a pair of goals, both on rebounds, as the Burr and Burton girls hockey team led throughout in a 4-1 win over Brattleboro at Riley Rink.

"The past couple of weeks, we've been working a lot of drills in practice to get those garbage goals," said assistant coach Bob Thompson, filling in for a second straight game for head coach Ed Lewicki. "We've been doing some of these 1-on-1 corner battles and getting back to the middle."

The Bulldogs continued their momentum from Monday's win over U-32, the team's first win in two years, at the start of Wednesday's matchup with Brattleboro.

On the first shot of the contest, BBA's Hannah Hedberg got a perfect pass from Jessica Grabher, blasted a shot low and past Colonels goalie Eliya Petrie for a 1-0 lead 81 seconds into the game.

With 4:14 left in the first, Charleigh Carthy went down with an injury as there was a lengthy timeout to take care of Carthy, who said after the game that she was checked for a concussion.

Coming out of the timeout, Burr and Burton doubled the lead 20 seconds later, when Grabher fired a shot past Petrie for a 2-0 advantage.

BBA nearly got a third goal in the first period when freshman Stella Turner got a 1-on-1 breakaway, but Petrie made the stop to keep it 2-0.

In the second, Brattleboro upped the pressure, but BBA goalie Lola Herzog was up to the task, making one save on a shot that knocked her over and another on a wicked shot that she dove on to stop.

"Lola is fearless, she blows me away," Thompson said. "To see her as a brand new hockey player do what she's doing is amazing."

Herzog made 11 saves on the night, while Petrie had 14 for Brattleboro.

"I'm asking a lot of our defenders, they know they have a new goalie back there," Thompson said. "There were times we gave up too much ice, but they were tired. I'm pleased with all of them."

With 1:59 left in the second, Francomb scored her first goal of the night. Turner took a shot that deflected off Julia Martin's stick and stopped by Petrie, but the rebound came out and Kilo was there, sliding through the goal mouth to poke it in for a 3-0 lead after two periods.

In the third, Brattleboro got on the board with 10:15 left in the game, when Rosie Carignan backhanded the puck past Herzog to cut the lead. But BBA was quick to come back and not let the Colonels any closer.

"In the past two games, I've been screaming a lot more, communicating, and it's important," Herzog said. "I'm proud of my defense every game, they always stick up for me in any situation and they'll get the puck out of the zone."

With 6:37 left, Francomb was in the right place again, as Julia Fillion fired a shot that bounced off Petrie and Francomb cleaned up the mess for a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.

"They are building so much confidence," Thompson said. "They know they can win and getting over that hump is huge. It's been a different feeling, even in practice."

BBA improves to 2-4-1 and travels to Woodstock on Saturday night.


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