The Bears got their first win of 2013 in a shutout against NMH. After getting on a bus to play an away game for the fourth time in row, the Bears were itching for a win. Pulling from the confidence gained after the Nobles game on Saturday, the Bears came out of the gates quickly. Aggressive play in the neutral zone from Olivia Good, Kira von Steinburgs, Ronnie Lortie and Bella Sinsigalli kept NMH on the defensive for much of the period. Despite their different strategies, they were unable to break out of their zone and the Bears stayed on the offensive for much of the period. Only four and a half minutes in, the Bears struck first. After a hard shot from Kira von Steinburgs produced a juicy rebound, Murphy Newman was able to push it beyond the NHM goalie. For the first time this year, the Bears had a lead.
The second period was much of the same. Strong offensive pressure from our line of freshman, Alli Sugar, Kate Klimaszewski and Kylie Wilkes, as they successfully broke down the NMH defense with their forecheck. Their efforts were combined with our line dominated by upperclassmen Rhi Vanderbeek, Murphy Newman, Renee Dreher and Lauren Henman. With eight minutes left in the period, Henman would light the lamp again. After picking off a pass in the slot, Lauren scored a beautiful breakaway goal to put the Bears up 2-0.
In the third period the Bears struggled to keep off an NMH team that was nipping on their heels. While NMH held us in our d-zone, they were unable to put the puck in the net. The Bears continued to show heart despite their heavy legs, as in the last couple of minutes Alli Sugar and Ronnie Lortie blocked two shots that changed the tempo of the game.
The Bears look to continue their streak when they take on Lawrence on Saturday afternoon at home.