'BCR' heading into playoff mode
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Bolton/Coventry - posted Fri., Mar. 1, 2013
After finishing the season by sweeping a two-game set with Lyman Hall/Haddam/Killingworth, the new co-op team of Rockville/Bolton/Coventry, a.k.a. “BCR,” has notched a 17-1-2 record and become a powerhouse in Division III hockey.
As the team waits for tournament seedings to become finalized, coach Christian Stevenson said the new combination of schools has worked out quite well, and the players gelled as a team quickly. The team's strength, he said, comes from back to front.
“[Goalie] Cameron Earle [who had 14 saves in each of the last two games] has been there and been solid,” Stevenson said. “It helps a team a lot when you can build from the net out. We're very lucky to have him back there as goalie, anchoring a good defense, and from a good defense comes good offense.”
Along with Earle, senior forward J. R. Piretti has emerged. Stevenson said he saw a little ice time as a freshman and sophomore playing mostly defense, but was part of a tandem at the front last year, and then took center stage as a premier player this year.
Coventry players Eddie Bates and Kevin Morton are the team's leading scorers. “They've both come out and are the leading point-getters,” Stevenson said, adding that Bates took most of the season to get his first goal the year prior.
Turning to the tournament, Stevenson said anything can happen when two teams meet in the post-season, and BCR will be “rolling the dice with everyone else.”
“It doesn't matter who you face in the first round,” he said. “Anything can happen, so you've just got to prepare.”
If BCR can fine-tune anything, Stevenson said, it's power plays. “We had a game a couple of weeks ago where we had seven power plays and scored one goal,” he said. “You can't do that in the tournament, because it often comes down to special teams, so that's what our focus is on.”
At press time, BCR was set to play for the CCC title vs. Hall/Southington on March 2, and CIAC tournament pairings were scheduled to be released on the same day.
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