Hockey - Boys Varsity
|Date:||January 26, 2013|
|Score:||4 - 3|
The Berkshire Bears were able to prevail Saturday against the visiting Salisbury Crimson Knights in an exciting prep hockey game. Berkshire dominated the first period getting on the board first when Tipper Higgins '14 scored just over four minutes into the game. Salisbury bounced right back to tie it off a puck that seemed to get lost in the Berkshire defender's skates. The Bears stuck to their game plan. They moved the puck well and were able to add two more goals in the opening stanza; one from Nick O'Connor '14 and another from Higgins. The Bears felt good going into the first intermission holding the 3-1 lead.
The Crimson Knights weren't going to go down easily though. The Bears came out in the second and took a penalty early and seemed to be on the defensive for the whole middle period. Good penalty killing and strong netminding from Tim Ernst '13 kept the Bears from allowing more than one goal in the period. As both teams prepared for the third the score stood at 3-2.
In the third Salisbury seemed to control the early going, but both teams traded chances. Eventually Salisbury tied the game on a backdoor play off the rush mid-way through the third. This goal seemed to awaken the Bears. There was an extra jump in their step for the last seven minutes. The Bears had multiple chances to take the lead, but it would take until the game's final 90 seconds for Berkshire offensive juggernaut, Craig "Captain Clutch" Puffer, to bury the go-ahead tally off a nice feed from Jeff "The Silent Assassin" Thompson. The Bears closed out the game's final seconds and celebrated a hard-fought victory.