Hockey - Girls Varsity
vs. Loomis Chaffee
|Date:||December 4, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 2 - Loomis 1|
The Bears opened their season at home today against Loomis. Both teams had not been together long and went into the game knowing it was going to be a battle. With an early goal in both the first and second periods, Berkshire was able to hold off Loomis for the 2-1 win.
In just her second shift as a Bear, Mackenzie Lancaster '15 put Berkshire on top 1-0. Loomis took a penalty one minute into the game and the Bears were able to capitalize just 18 seconds in. Maggie Curran '17, Lauren Henman '14, Erin Dillon '17, Kylie Wilkes '16 and Lancaster moved the puck into the zone, set up and moved the puck around. Dillon would feed Wilkes in the corner and Wilkes would send a nice pass to Lancaster who was alone in the slot. Lancaster finished the play with a nice one timer. Both teams would have some chances, but the period ended with the Bears in the lead 1-0.
The second period began much like the first with Berkshire putting some early pressure on Loomis. Henman would score her first goal of the year into the period with some great moves to beat a strong Loomis goalie. Curran had the assist on the play and the Bears were now up 2-0. Despite being down by two, Loomis turned up the pressure and put the Bears back on their heels. Loomis was winning more 50/50 battles and Berkshire began to run around instead of sticking to the game they had established in the first period. Loomis put in their own goal to cut the lead in half with remaining in the period. Berkshire goalie Jamie Ernst '16 played very well in goal and turned away several point blank opportunities for Loomis.
Berkshire came out in the third determined to finish on top and with excellent play led by captain RonnieLortie '14 and Olivia Good '15 and key defensive efforts by many others. The play was choppy by both teams, but each had some quality opportunities. Berkshire dug in and hung on for the win.
Berkshire Goalie Jamie Ernst stopped 28 of the 29 shots she faced. The Bears put on a good showing for their first game of the season and will head to practice to make some adjustments before facing Kent at home .
See a slideshow from the game here: