In the battle of the two teams in the league with the nickname “The Spartans”, BHBS was victorious, pulling out a 4-1 victory on Friday night.
BHBS dominated play from start to finish, and the outcome of the game was never really in doubt. Queensbury, the most penalized team in the league, continued that trend in this one, taking 10 penalties in the loss. BHBS didn’t want them to be the only ones racking up the trips to the sin bin, however, as they took 6 penalties themselves. Trevin Tidmarsh stopped 22 shots in his second consecutive win, and he looks in tip-top shape after having a rough couple of games leading into this week.
BHBS got the scoring going almost right away, as sophomore Jared DiFiore redirected a puck home past Queensbury goalie Owen Smith just 1:27 into the game. That would end up being the only goal of the period for either side, with shots being 10-9 in favor of Queensbury, thanks to the two power plays they had in the frame, although they couldn’t convert on either.
In the second, BHBS struck quickly again, as this time it was freshman Connor Cecala finding the back of the net 1:18 into the period. With just over 2 minutes to go in the period, senior Geordan Buffoline led the charge on a 3-on-1 rush and finished it by burying a wrister past Smith to make it 3-0. That would be the score after 2, with the shots being 22-17 BHBS to that point.
The third period was slightly more eventful, if not for all the right reasons. Senior defenseman Henry Koch made it 4-0 with his third goal in the last two games about halfway through the period, and Brendan Murphy got Queensbury on the board after a turnover in the neutral zone. As the game was winding down, BHBS senior captain Nick Koszelak was issued a game misconduct and a 2-game suspension for an illegal hit. It was originally ruled a minor penalty, but after the refs discussed, the call was upgraded. The hittee, Queensbury’s Austin Gordon, subsequently skated right back onto the ice 30 seconds after play resumed despite being down on the ice for several minutes. Make of that what you will.
For BHBS, it’s their second straight win after a rough stretch in the middle of the year, and they remain in second place in the league with 9 points. For Queensbury, they drop their 3rd straight game, and stay in last place in the league, with just a single point. BHBS will be at home to host Monroe-Woodbury in non-league game on Saturday, while Queensbury will next play on Wednesday when they host CBA.
(13:33)-BHBS: Jared DiFiore (3) ASST: Sam Swingruber (9), Nick Koszelak (6)
(13:42)-BHBS: Connor Cecala (2) ASST: Alec Lind (9), Nick Koszelak (7)
(2:18)-BHBS: Geordan Buffoline (9) ASST: None
(9:03)-BHBS: Henry Koch (4) ASST: Geordan Buffoline (11), Alec Lind (10)
(6:53)-Q’bury: Brendan Murphy (1) ASST: None
BHBS: Trevin Tidmarsh 22/23 (.956%)
Q’bury: Owen Smith 32/36 (.889 %)