Burlington girls hockey hurt by slow start

It was a night of what could have been for the Burlington girl’s hockey team on Wednesday night when they crossed to town line to play Winchester at the O’Brien Rink in Woburn.

The Lady Devils played a spirited final 30 minutes but had dug themselves a 4-0 first period deficit which ultimately led to a 7-2 defeat at the hands of Winchester.

“I think we are still a little young and we are still a little nervous when we start games,” said Burlington coach Rick Sheehan. “We didn’t play well in the first period against Woburn and we didn’t play well tonight in the first period. I think with our nerves we are just not quite there yet.”

Winchester would score 11 seconds into the game on a top corner rocket from Niki Micciche.

The Sachems would go on to add three more first period goals leaving the Devils stunned after the opening first 15 minutes.

However, the young team from Burlington responded with their best period of the young season so far.

Burlington got on the board when eighth grader Shea McDonald put home the rebound of a Siena Berardinelli bid to cut the lead to 4-1. Ava Petrone also assisted on the goal.

After Winchester responded on an Amanda O’Brien goal, the Devils scored their second of the night.

Petrone connected on a rebound of a McDonald bid to make it 5-2 but that would be as close as the Lady Devils would get.

Burlington goalie Colleen McMakin made 11 saves on the night including a dandy on a breakaway chance early in the third period.   

Burlington (0-2) will face Reading on Saturday night.

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