ST. ALBANS–The North Country boys hockey team came close, but in the end, the BFA Bobwhites were able to erase a four goal deficit, and electrify the Collins-Perley Sports Complex in overtime as Mike Schreiner picked up the winner to give St.Albans the 5-4 victory.
The Falcons got all their scoring in the first two periods as Ryan Paul had two and Josh Bernier and Ross DeLaBruere had one to stake the boys in maroon to 4-1 lead.
The Bobwhites battled back to send the game into overtime where the captain put home his second of the night to pick up the win.
While their record (2-7) may paint a bleak picture, it does not give as accurate portrayal of how hard the team is battling. They are in the middle of a tough stretch, facing the top teams in the division, and it will not get any easier this Saturday when they head to Essex to take on the undefeated Hornets for a 3:00 matinee contest.
HIGHGATE–Going up against the top ranked Missisquoi Thunderbirds of division one was going to be an uphill battle for the for the Falcons even if they were at full-strength, but with out a few of their top liners, Crystal Moss and Corrina Cota, it became a trip up Mount Everest losing 9-1 to MVU.
"The difference between the two divisions is that there are no holes in their line-up," said coach Claude Paul.
The T-birds got out to an early 3-0 lead after fifteen minutes, and for the most part North Country was hanging in there.
Said Paul, "Tara stood up early for us, but they are a good club and good clubs find a way to score goals."
Fifteen minutes later the score was 9-0, and the game was out of reach for the Falcons.
They were able to break up the shut-out when Whitney Bernier took the goose egg off of the board with a third period goal to run her consecutive point game streak to nine. Adrianna Fournier and Ashley Daigle picked up the helpers on the goal.
The coach looks at the game as a learning tool, noting that the T-Birds had the advantage in age, strength, and experience.
After what seems like an eternity, the girls will return to the Ice Haus this Saturday for 5 seed versus six seed match-up with the Middlebury Tigers. Cota is expected to return for the game.
Game time is 6:00.