Bedford falls to Bishop Guertin
Marty Myers stood outside the locker room on Wednesday night, digesting what had just occurred out on the ice as his Bedford High School boys ice hockey team’s season was over.
But he wasn’t in the cozy corridor of the Verizon Wireless Arena on a Saturday afternoon, celebrating another championship. No, he was in the corner of ice cold JFK Coliseum, waiting for his players to dress and get on the bus home as midnight was getting closer.
Such is life in Division I for the Bulldogs, who had moved up a level after dominating Division II with three straight championships.
“I’m happy with our season, even though it wasn’t quite what we wanted,” Myers said, his fourth-seeded, 14-6 team having lost a heartbreaking 5-4 double overtime decision to Bishop Guertin in the Division I semifinals. “We wanted to go a little big deeper into the tournament.”
And they came oh, so close to making it to their fourth straight title game at the VW, despite being down 3-0 after one period and 4-2 in the final two minutes. Jay Roberto’s two goals with goalie Alec Lindberg pulled, the first at 1:58 and the latter even more dramatic with 23 seconds remaining gave Bedford plenty of momentum going into the extra session.
“We were down two goals, not one, so I pulled the goalie pretty early,” Myers said. “But after (regulation), we were gassed.”
And that led to suriviving the first overtime but seeing BG’s Tim Trudel end the ‘Dogs’ season 56 seconds into the second OT.
Bedford got down 3-0 on two goals by BG’s Justin Pearson and one by Bedford native Ryan Flynn. The Bulldogs came out in the second period a completely different team, energized and all over BG netminder Alex Hall (30 saves). Goals by Griffin Gagne and Asa Palker in the first 3:30 of the period cut the gap to 3-2 and had Hall and the Cards hanging on for dear life.
“We wanted to keep the puck on the ice and get some rebounds, rather than shoot it in the air,” Myers said, “and that was the difference.”
Pearson though completed the hat trick at 4:46 of the third to make it 4-2.
And now Myers looks ahead. He sees a Bulldog team that loses six seniors, including Palker who had a goal and three assists in the semis. But it has several key components back, including players like Lindberg (currently a junior) and Fred Voloshin (just a freshman) in goal, and skaters like current junior forwards Danato Tempesta, Nate John, and Tyler Gamble.
“This was good season for the kids,” Myers said. “They realized they have a battle every night in Division I. There are no nights off. Every game is a tough game.”
Including the semifinals at JFK.