Berkshire and Westminster lived up to the expectations Saturday night with another battle that came down to an overtime finish. Westminster came out flying in the first period determined to get off to a great start on their senior night. Neither team was able to capitalize in the first, but Westminster held a big shot advantage. Jeanne Morin '13 played very well in goal and made several key saves that allowed the Bears some times to figure things out offensively.
The second period was an exciting one. Berkshire opened the scoring at the 9:15 mark when Lauren Henman '14 send a shot in behind Westminster's goalie. Annika Zalewski '14 and Rhiannon Vanderbeek '13 had the assists on the goal. Westminster would put one in of their own at 5:51, but Henman would strike again for Berkshire with 3:30 remaining. Zalweski picked up her second assist of the game and Kelsey Taylor '12 had the other assist on the goal. Westminster was able to tie the game for the second time a minute later and both teams would enter the dressing room with two.
Early in the third period Berkshire found themselves on the power play. The top three moved the puck around well and Bella Sinsigalli '13 sent in a low shot which was collected by Zalewskiand put in the back of the net. Both teams would battle hard, each having their share of the momentum for the next eleven minutes. Westminster pulled the goalie at the 1:13 mark and playing 6 on 5 were able to even the score with 15 seconds remaining to send the game into OT.
Berkshire came out hard in the OT period and had two quality scoring chances early on. With both teams pushing hard, Westminster found themselves transitioning on a fast 2 v 2 break. The puck was sent across the ice and Westminster's forward, who was crashing the net hard, put it past Morin for the win. Both teams played a strong, fast paced game. even though the Bears did not come out on top, the coaches were happy with the level of play they saw.