"It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times..."
Saturday's regular season finale against Gunnery seemed to be the tale of two hockey teams as Berkshire had a slow start to the game but finished with an explosive third period. Gunnery dominated the opening period out-shooting and out-chancing the Bears, but goaltender Tim Ernst '13 stood tall and kept the damage to a minimum. The Bears were fortunate to escape only trailing 1-0 after the first period. In the second period Berkshire made some adjustments and seemed to find their legs and the necessary compete level. They started to put a few more pucks on the net and finish some checks. The second period would draw to a close without any scoring and Gunnery still ahead 1-0. It was in the third period that the Bears would finally breakthrough. Jeff Thompson '14 made a nice play to grab a puck off the wall and leg it through the neutral zone as he entered the offensive zone he put a slight delay move on the keeper and pushed the puck to the inside. The goalie bit on the move and Thompson deposited the equalizer in the back of the net. Just three minutes later Berkshire would extend their lead when Craig Puffer '14 buried a 2-on-1 pass from Charlie Corcoran '14 on the doorstep. Corcoran undressed an opposing defender at the blueline and showed great patience in drawing the goalie to him before feeding an open Puffer on the backdoor. It was only a couple minutes later that Nick O'Connor would extend the Berkshire lead when he went bar-down with a rebound in front of the Gunnery net. Just like that, the Bears held a 3-1 lead with ten minutes to play. The production coming from each of the three offensive lines was fitting as each contributed down the stretch. The Bears rolled the lines over as Gunnery was forced to press for more offense. Charlie Corcoran '14 added an empty netter late in the game to seal the Berkshire victory. It was a great finish to the Bears' senior game and to a successful regular season in which they finished 22-3-3, won the Avon Holiday Tournament, won the D'Arco Cup, and won the Piatelli Cup. Now the team turns its focus to the playoffs.
With the win Saturday the Bears earned the #3 seed in New Englands and will host Salisbury on Wed. at 3pm. The game will be streamed live on the Berkshire website at http://www.berkshireschool.org/webstream .