The Bears were on the road on Saturday against the Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers. It was a great prep school hockey atmosphere with a sizable crowd and a palpable energy in the air as both teams took the ice for a rematch between these two clubs. They hadn't seen each other since the opening game of the Avon holiday tournament; a game in which Berkshire had been able to come away with a win on with some clutch goaltending from Tim Ernst '13. Fans that remember that close and hard fought game will not be surprised to hear that these two teams played another close contest. Junior forward Tipper Higgins got the Bears on the board first as he banged in a rebound on his backhand. The Bears killed three penalties in the first period and clung to the 1-0 lead after the first. In the middle period in was the Bears that got the power play chance and they had three man-up opportunities, but failed to convert. The only goal of the period came from Jeff Thompson '14 when he battled to the front of the net to put it a rebound of a Quinn Pompi '13 shot. In the third Berkshire found themselves back killing a penalty in the first minute and this time Avon was able to convert on a nice shot through traffic to tie the game at 2-2. Midway through the period Tipper Higgins deposited another rebound in the back of the net to regain the lead. Special teams would be a factor again late as Avon would tie the game with a power play goal with under three minutes to play. There were opportunities on both sides in OT, but both goalies proved up to the test. While disappointed with relinquishing a late lead, the Bears team held their heads high leaving Avon knowing they faced a worthy adversary in the Winged Beavers and had survived a challenging week.
Berkshire is back in action on Wednesday at home against Hotchkiss.