BURLINGTONâ€“Whitney Bernier scored nine seconds into the second period and Mikaella Doran stopped twenty-eight shots as the North Country girl's hockey team avenged an earlier 3-1 loss, defeating Division I So. Burlington 1-0 on Wednesday night.
"It was a slow start for us, and Mikealla really kept us in the game until we found our stride," said coach Claude Paul.
Indeed it was a rough start for the Falcons, as So. Burlington posted 14 shots on Doran in the first.
As the game went on, the Falcons got better.
In the second, the shot margin improved, as NCU allowed 12 shots, but countered with six of their own and Bernier's goal.
The goal came as Whitney was jamming at the puck in the So. Burlington crease and it popped up and over the Rebel-Cougar netminder.
By the time third period hit, North Country found their groove and allowed just two shots, while putting four on the opposition net.
"We really went into shut-down mode later in the game, and the girls did an excellent job turning the other team away," said Paul.
The win gives the girls a 2-1 record for the year, and they will look to keep things moving in the right direction on Saturday when the face Harwood at 5:00.
The game is the first half of a double-header with the boy's team, kicking off another Hockey Night in Jay Peak, which should serve to help fill the void left in the hockey loving communityâ€™s schedule on Saturday nights.