BFA holds off Spaulding for first perfect season

The state’s preeminent high school girls hockey program had its earliest playoff exit last winter – bounced in the Division I quarterfinals.

The response? Goals galore in a perfect regular season.

But when it came time to clinch Monday’s Division I title game, BFA-St. Albans showed what no statistic can measure: Grit and fearlessness.

Blocking shot after shot during a game-ending Spaulding power play, the No. 1 Comets survived to pull out a 3-2 victory over the second-seeded Crimson Tide in a championship showdown that delivered 45 intense minutes at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The thrilling win was the Comets ‘first title since 2018 and 12th overall for Vermont Principals’ Association tournaments. The coronation also capped the first undefeated record (22-0) in BFA’s decorated history.

“We knew we needed to play the best last two minutes of hockey we’ve ever played in our lives,” BFA senior captain Sophie Zemianek said. “Leave it all on the ice and do what we know how to do best and that’s play hockey.”

BFA celebrates its second goal during the 3-2 win over Spaulding in the D1 Championship game on Monday night at UVM's Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Zemianek was at the center of it, too. The all-state defenseman gave up her body – she dove head-first in front of net – to block consecutive shots early on during a Spaulding power play that went from a 5-on-4 to a 5-on-3 to a 6 -on-3 in the game’s final two-plus minutes.

In total, Zemian blocked four of her team’s 12 shots. Goalie Makenna Montgomery made 19 saves.

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