Billerica prevails over Reading, 16-6, handing the Rockets their first loss of the 2008 season.
The 16-goal outburst is by far the largest total output by an opponent this season against Reading. The Rockets previously allowed an average of less than six goals per game.
Billerica already looks more polished than it did in last week's win over Lowell.
Back with more in a bit.
Billerica, 15-5 (5:00, 4th)
Billerica continues to dominate. The Indians passing in the second half has been near flawless and, while goals aren't snowballing like the third quarter, there's definitely some snow squalls here.
Mike Hurley has paced the Indians with four goals and three assists, while Mike Slatton has four goals as well for the visitors.
Billerica, 11-4 (end of 3rd)
Billerica erupts for seven third-quarter goals, including two in the final 38 seconds of the frame to rip this one apart at the seams as the Indians lead host Reading, 11-4, heading to the final frame.
Grant Whiteway lit the fuse with two of the first three goals in the quarter and Mike Hurley added a pair late. Jeff Scarfo's tally with five ticks to play in the frame capped a dominating effort that saw the Indians outscore Reading, 7-1, in the frame (that lone goal coming in a man-down situation).
Billerica, 7-3 (5:24, 3rd)
All Billerica to start the third quarter as the Indians struck for a trio of goals to open a 7-3 advantage.
Billerica, 4-3 (half)
Billerica struck for four consecutive goals spanning into the second quarter and the Indians lead host Reading, 4-3, at the intermission.
The Rockets launched quickly as Tim Matheson and Matt Palpazzo scored consecutive goals just seconds apart in the game's opening minutes for a 2-0 advantage.
Billerica, which struggled with its clears in the early going, would take a lead before the end of the frame. Bill Frevold, Greg Melaugh, and Mike Hurley all score in the first quarter, then Mike Slatton added a tally in the second quarter to put the Indians on top, 4-2.
Reading struggled mightily to generate offense over the final 20 minutes of the first half, but Pat DiBennedeto fed Jim Queeney with just a second left in the half to cut the Rockets' deficit in half.
Billerica, 4-2 (5:09, 2nd)
Billerica's Mike Slatton has the only goal of the second quarter and the Indians lead Reading, 4-2, with 5:09 to play in the half.
Billerica, 3-2 (end of 1st)
Reading opened the game with two quick goals, but Billerica got scores from Bill Frevold, Greg Melaugh, and Mike Hurley to carry a 3-2 advantage into the second frame.
The Rockets brought great defensive intensity early (forcing numerous turnovers on the clear), but Billerica is creating opportunities on charges from behind the cage once it does get settled on offense.
Welcome to Reading, where the Rockets boys' lacrosse team hosts Billerica in a battle of undefeateds this afternoon.
It's a lovely day with plenty of blue skies overhead and the Forsberg Cruiser sets the temperature at a comfortable 58 degrees.
Back with more throughout the afternoon.
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