GOFFSTOWN - Bedford exploded for three goals over the final eight minutes to break open a tie game and earn a 5-2 win over host Goffstown at Sullivan Arena Saturday.
The two-time defending Division II champion, Bedford improved to 3-0 on the season. Goffstown dropped to 1-2.
The Grizzlies had tied the game at 2-2 at 5:04 of the third period when Mason Mable fired a quick shot inside the far post.
From there, the Bulldogs seemed to wake up.
"When that second goal came, that kind of rang the bell for us," Bedford coach Marty Myers said. "The kids understood that Goffstown came to win so that was an eye-opener for us."
Bedford took a 3-2 lead at 6:57. Nate Boyd's shot was stopped by Grizzlies senior goalie Ben Genest, but the rebound went to Harrison Voloshin on the left side for a shot toward the cage that was tipped home by Neil Soucy.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead 4-2 at 9:12 when Boyd cut from the left side across the top of the crease and beat Genest five-hole.
Chris Viola capped the scoring at 10:41, walking out from the right corner and roofing a shot from close range.
"That's a good team. I thought the whole game was kind of slow and lethargic for both teams. It looked like both teams had a hangover for some reason," said Goffstown coach Paul Roy. "Give credit to them, they played a great third period."
Bedford scored at 9:46 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Jeremy Myers' shot from the point was deflected by the Goffstown defense and the puck came to Brett Veilleax on the right post for a quick put-in.
The Bulldogs extended to a 2-0 lead at 12:36 of the first on a power-play goal from Mike Dee. The senior captain slithered around the defense in the slot and snapped a wrist shot to beat Genest high stick-side.
Goffstown managed to pull within one with 40 seconds remaining in the first frame when Cory Kasiaras took a breakout pass off the wall from Griffin Barbaro. Kasiaras broke in alone on Steve Tempesta and slipped the puck through the five-hole.
The teams then skated a scoreless and tight-checking second period.
"Goffstown is a pretty straightforward team and they execute pretty well and to their credit they kept coming all game long and we knew they would do that," Myers said. "We knew it was going to be a three-period game."
Genest kept the Grizzlies in the game, making 15 saves in the first period and 35 for the game. With the score 2-1 Bedford early in the third period, Genest robbed Voloshin with a left pad save on a point-blank one-timer.
"Ben's a senior and he's going to make 30, 40 saves a game," Roy said. "The good news is, he keeps us in every game and he gives us a chance to win. For a young team, that's a good thing."