Bridgton's first game in the Warrior Classic was a rematch against National Sports Academy. Bridgton's game plan was to limit the amount of shot in the slot and to use three different forecheck systems. "Overall, it worked very well. We confused NSA on the breakout by using our standard aggressive forecheck, then we implemented a trap, then we used a third forecheck to eliminated d to d puck movement" said Head Coach Jonathan Lounsbury. The only scoring in the first half was a power play goal by NSA. Nate Potter (White River Junction, VT/Hartford High School)turned aside the other 10 shots he faced that period. Defensively, Trey Rasmussen(West Tisbury, MA/Martha's Vineyard HS)and Dave Stevens (Lynn, MA/Lynn English High School)did a real nice job shutting down their opponents.
The second half saw BA create more scoring opportunities by caring the puck deep in the offensive territory. BA was able to use their size in attacking the goal over and over. Finally, Defenseman Tim Haroules (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) snuck a shot from the point past the NSA goaltender. Patrick Sen(Niles, IL/Loyola Academy)and Rasmussen picked up the assists. However, seven minutes later, NSA capitalized on a BA turnover and took a one goal lead. Bridgton continued to press the attack, but were unable to find the back on the net. Overall, it was BA's most complete game of the season. Bridgton looks to rebound Saturday 2:00pm against the Ontario Hockey Academy.