The Berkshire girls varsity ice hockey team kicked off their season on Saturday afternoon in an away game versus the Lions of Kent School. From first the drop of the puck, each team was flying around the ice with fresh legs, hustling for every 50-50 battle in hopes of coming out with possession.
Both the Bears and Lions had their share of opportunities in the first period, and Berkshire goalie Jeanne Morin '13 came up huge when a Kent forward broke out of her defensive zone to gain a breakaway opportunity. The forward got a clear shot on goal and Morin, with poise and control, saved the crisp shot, keeping the score tied at 0. Taking the momentum from Morin's massive save, the Bears laid on the pressure, as Murphy Newman '13, Rhi Vanderbeek '13, and Kylie Wilkes '16 forechecked hard, maintaining Berkshire possession in the offensive zone for over a minute. As they went to change lines, Bella Sinsigalli '13 took a sweeping shot from the red line that found the back of the net! The Bears were up 1-0! And they headed into the locker-room to recover for the next 30 minutes of play.
Early in the second period, Sinsigalli sent the puck low off the boards to the left side of the net, where Newman picked it up and fed a sharp pass across the slot to Lauren Henman '14, who one-timed it in for the Bears' second goal! Things continued to go well for the Bears in the second period when forward Renee Dreher '15 collected a rebound, stuffed the puck into the goalie's pads, nearly finding the back netting. There to pick up the loose change was Allie Sugar '16, who slid the second rebound across the goal line! With little time left in the second period, the Bears continued to find success as they challenged the Kent players to every puck. Positioned at the point, Ronnie Lortie '14 found the puck on her stick and rocketed a low shot to the front of the goal where Kylie Wilkes '16 nicely redirected it in! The period ended with the Bears up 4-0.
Both teams began the third period well, but things started to get somewhat chippy. A handful of penalties against the Bears gave the Lions some solid offensive chances, but again, Morin was in between the pipes stopping all that came her way. The Kent momentum finally took its tole on the Bears, when after a long shift coming off of a penalty kill, a Kent forward scored on a breakaway. The Bears kept their composure in the last minutes and hung onto the lead well, making smart, defensive decisions. The final score was 4-1 for Berkshire. The Bears hope to keep the positive news coming as they head into three games this week.
Monday's opponent is Hotchkiss at 4:45PM at home.