Ethan Miller didn’t have much shootout experience. As a sophomore, he hadn’t been in a situation like this.
It was the seventh round of a shootout in a playoff game with a ticket to the Division 3 North semifinals on the line. But he was the next man up. So Buccaneers coach Mark Fontas leaned over from his perch atop the bench and gave Miller specific instructions.
“Come across with your forehand sweeping, dip your shoulder and fake the shot. The goalie will bite on the quick release and you pull it to your backhand for the goal.”
Miller, who scored Bedford’s lone regulation goal, followed the instructions for what his coach called “an absolutely beautiful goal” and ninth-seeded Bedford took down top-seeded Lowell, 2-1, at O’Brien Rink in Woburn Saturday in quarterfinal action.
Twelve minutes of overtime hockey wasn’t enough to separate the two squads – “both goalies stood on their heads,” Fontas said – and it took seven rounds of a shootout for either team to pull away.
Shootouts go at least five rounds and until one team pulls ahead. Heading into the fifth round of the shootout, Lowell carried a 2-1 lead.
Before the shootout began, Fontas asked Anthony Lespaio whether he’d rather shoot first or last. Save him for the end, Lespaio told his coach. He wanted the pressure. So with Bedford needing a goal to stay alive, Fontas called on his senior who lit the lamp.
Goalie Abe Grainger then stopped the next three Lowell shooters and Bedford (11-8-3) skated away with a spot in the semifinals.
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