BCL a young hockey team with plenty of skill, energy

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Bolton/Coventry/Lebanon - posted Tue., Dec. 27, 2011
Hunter Byram heads for a loose puck. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Hunter Byram heads for a loose puck. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The first game of the season, against Sheehan, was a win for the Bolton/Coventry/Lyman Memorial conglomerate hockey team, with a final score of 6-0 at home at the Bolton Ice Palace on Dec. 16. The team played a good game during their second match as well, taking on the E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham conglomerate team at UConn on Dec. 21. A 2-2 tie at the end of three periods forced the teams into overtime, where the STW team came away with a win of 3-2.

“This is a young team,” said BCL head coach Jim Motyka at the Bolton Ice Palace on Dec. 23, before a game against the Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks conglomerate. “We've got decent skill, good intensity and good skating,” said Motyka. “It's just whether or not the inexperience is going to hurt us.”

Motyka attributed the STW loss to the team's youth. Despite being down two starters by the end of the first period, “We had a 2-0 lead,” he said. The team managed to hold on to that lead until the third period. “We are very young and our inexperience just caught up to us,” said Motyka.

Heading into the game against Suffield, BCL was still down a key player, with one starter out of the lineup due to an injury incurred against STW. The team, despite a lot of enthusiasm and energy, had trouble maintaining control of the puck against Suffield, and found itself down by a score of 3-0 just halfway through the second period. Credit goes to goalkeeper Cameron Earle for preventing a larger point-spread. Earle made a number of important saves for his team, and the final score of the game was 3-0.

Assistant coaches for the Bolton/Coventry/Lyman Memorial hockey team are Gabe Kendall and Tim Lebreux. The team's next home game is Friday, Dec. 30, at the Bolton Ice Palace, beginning at 8:20 p.m.

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