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Hockey: Bethlehem storms past CBA in league opener

Five-goal second period propels Eagles to first win

Bethlehem's Andrew Carroll scores 12 seconds into the second period in Saturday's Capital District High School Hockey League game against Christian Brothers Academy at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

Bethlehem's Andrew Carroll scores 12 seconds into the second period in Saturday's Capital District High School Hockey League game against Christian Brothers Academy at the Albany County Hockey Facility. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— When Andrew Carroll scored 12 seconds into the second period, it was a sign of things to come for the Bethlehem hockey team.

Carroll's marker kicked off a five-goal second period that propelled the Eagles (1-2-0) past Christian Brothers Academy 7-1 in Saturday afternoon's Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

The result was a role reversal for Bethlehem, which suffered lopsided losses to Ithaca and Mamaroneck in the Shaker/Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament one week earlier.

"We played last weekend for a reason," said Bethlehem coach Andre Rodrigue. "It was a learning tool and a bonding tool for us. This (league opener) was real important for our confidence."

CBA (0-1-0) had an extra week of practice before meeting Bethlehem, and it appeared as if it paid off after the Brothers built a 1-0 lead on Sean Glennon's shorthanded goal in the first period. But once Carroll scored, things quickly went downhill for CBA.

"I think we put a lot into the first period because it was the first period of our season," said CBA coach Blaine Drescher. "The first shift (of the second period), I don't know if we were ready for the drop of the puck because they scored 12 seconds into it."

Zach Flagler gave Bethlehem the lead at the 4:50 mark of the second period when his shot scooted underneath CBA goaltender Kyle Stockman's pads and into the net. Approximately three minutes later, Flagler redirected Nicholas Breiner's shot past Stockman to make the score 3-1.

"The two goals couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," said Rodrigue. "He always works hard out there."

Stockman's woes continued less than two minutes after Flagler's second goal when Breiner tallied to make it 4-1. Carroll then fed Chris Caswell for a goal at the 11:27 mark to complete Bethlehem's five-goal burst.

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