On Wednesday, the Bears came out with a renewed sense of purpose against the Rhinos after a loss to Loomis. The game got off to a good start with Chris Zaffanella winning the first face off and ground ball of the game. Even though Taft scored some quick goals, the Bears were able to keep the score 3-2 at the end of the first quarter with a behind the back goal by attackman Barclay Gammill with an assist by midfielder Charlie Quaintance as well as a goal by Jake Kaminetsky with an assist from Barclay. The Bears had a lot of missed opportunities on net, and the Rhinos had a tough time keeping up defensively.
The Rhinos began to pull ahead during the second quarter as they capitalized on some man up plays even though they missed a lot of shots. Taft kept the Bears scoreless, but there were some great opportunities for the Bears and their level of play looked more settled. Midfield Jay Bolton had a nice look to Jake, there was more help on clears, and the Bears were doing a better job controlling the ball.
The Bears made a respectable run during the third quarter scoring two goals. Defenseman Brook Kiley scored a nice goal on a fast break and Ian Kator gave Barclay a nice assist. Midfielder Peter Hoover and attackman Andrew Koudijs had some great ball movement to create more offensive opportunities, and goalkeeper Dillon Cunningham made some great stops. The Bears went into the third quarter one point behind the Rhinos.
Unfortunately, the Rhinos pulled ahead during the last quarter to win the game. Nonetheless, Dillon made some great saves, Andrew made a nice goal, Defenseman Hunter Reynolds made some nice clears, and some of the offensive plays were well executed. This was the Bears' best game yet and they hope to get their first regular season win against Kent next week.