BEDFORD – A controversial icing call led to three goals on three consecutive shots for the Bedford Buccaneers, aiding a 4-2 victory over the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders Saturday night at the Bedford Edge.
Tied 1-1 in the second period, the aforementioned icing call led to a faceoff in the Crusader zone, even though the Buccaneers appeared to commit the violation. Crusader head coach Phil Rowley asked the officials for an explanation, but was dissatisfied with the one he got. The ensuing faceoff led to a prolonged chance for the Buccaneers that resulted in the go-ahead goal at 6:20 scored by David Bartkus off a feed from Josh Berenson.
“They said it was a new rule this year,” G-D head coach Phil Rowley said. “I thought it was supposed to be a center-ice draw.”
That opened the floodgates, as the Buccaneers scored on their next two shots in the ensuing 1:53. On a race for the puck into the G-D zone, Michael Barr caught up to it as it went around the net and buried it backdoor past Crusader goalie Nevin Tardiff (15 saves). Josh Parella finished the Bedford scoring at 8:13.
“We were still in it, but we made some mental mistakes,” Rowley said.
Trailing 1-0 after one period, the Crusaders got some momentum back at 3:31 on a shorthanded goal by Eric Niemoller, who stripped a Bedford defenseman of the puck at the blue line and raced all the way to the goal to beat Bedford netminder Matt Judge (28 saves).
Bedford’s Ethan Miller opened the scoring at 10:07 of the first period when he and Jake Citrano were all alone with Tardiff. Citrano passed to Miller on his right, who beat Tardiff over his right shoulder.
Bradley Garside had the final goal of the game at 8:02 of the third period, as he lifted the puck into the top corner from a tough angle.
The Crusaders had plenty of chances to make the game more competitive, but poor puck control foiled two breakaway attempts, and two more shots rang off the crossbar.
“We couldn’t convert on those breakaways,” Rowley said. “We had some decent shots from the point, but we couldn’t get the rebounds. We had some chances, no doubt about it. But we had some breakdowns, and we lost it on our own.”
The Crusaders (0-2) are off until Monday, December 29th when they visit Shrewsbury.