United squeaks past BCL at Bolton Ice Palace

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Mon., Jan. 30, 2012
Frank Bishop controls the puck for BCL. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Frank Bishop controls the puck for BCL. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Both United (comprised of Rockville, Manchester and Stafford high schools) and BCL (comprised of Bolton, Coventry and Lyman Memorial) call the Bolton Ice Palace home during hockey season. So the Saturday, Jan. 28, game between the two teams drew a large crowd of spectators to the Bolton arena. The game was officially hosted by United, a team coming off of a series of three losses, one attributable to BCL during an earlier meeting (Jan. 13, final score 1-2 BCL).

BCL entered the game looking for one final victory to secure a spot in the state tournament. United was the first team up on the scoreboard, and managed to maintain the 1-0 lead until well into the third period. United goalie Matt Roy was called upon to make some key saves early in the second period. A broken piece of Plexiglas with nearly 5 minutes to go in period two caused a significant delay. As players stretched on the ice in an effort to keep their muscles warm, things heated up in the stands. A pair of spectators engaged in a loud argument before one of them was escorted out by rink security.

BCL didn't get onto the scoreboard until nearly 5 minutes into period three, when they tied the score up at 1-1. With 11 minutes to go in the game, United engaged in a lackluster power play that resulted in no shots on goal. A second power play less than 1 minute later was no more successful. But number three was the charm, and a third power play at 7:57 resulted in a goal just 16 seconds in, putting United once again on top by a score of 2-1.

A BCL power play with 6 minutes to go resulted in a couple of shots on goal, but no score. BCL goalie Cam Earle made a nice save for his team late in period three, but BCL offense just couldn't generate another goal. The game ended with a score of 2-1, United.

BCL was scheduled to take on Milford Co-op on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in an away game. BCL's next home game is Friday, Feb. 3, against NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon, beginning at 8:20 p.m.

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