The Bears dropped another exciting match to the Taft Rhinos of Wednesday afternoon. As the last home game of the season, the Bears took a moment to celebrate the senior class that has led the team this season. Jeanne Morin, Murphy Newman, Bella Sinsigalli, Rhi Vanderbeek and Kira von Steinburgs were a force to be reckoned with and will be sincerely missed when the Bears take the ice next season.
Wednesday's game followed a mold that Berkshire has struggled to break all season. The first period was some of the best hockey the Bears have played all season. They broke out with ease, attacked the net with pressure and took it to the Taft team that was back on their heels. Five minutes into the first period, Lauren Henmen put in the first of Berkshire's goals. Collecting a chip from Olivia Good in the neutral zone, Henmen proceeded to stickhandle around a three Taft defenders to make her way to the slot. The Bears continued to put pressure on the Rhinos in the first period and despite their opportunities, they were only up by one when the period ended.
Second periods have proved to be the hardest for the thin Berkshire team and this one followed suit. In the second period the Bears struggled to attack and played much of the period in their own defensive zone. Taft found their groove quickly and after barely 30 seconds, the game was tied. But the Bears fought back, continuing to put pressure on Taft in front of the net, Kylie Wikes banged home a rebound at 12:08, to once again take the lead. Only a minute later, Taft came back. Shooting through our defense and screening Jeanne Morin in net, they tied the game at two. With only 45 seconds left, Taft struck again and the Bears retreated to the locker room down 3-2.
The third period proved to be a battle as Taft was able to light the lamp for the fourth time only a 90 seconds into the period. But, a determined Berkshire team was not ready to give up. With six players on the ice and the net empty, Murphy Newman scored a beautiful 6 on 5 goal to bring the Bears within one. But that would be all she wrote, as Taft put the nail on the coffin as time expired.