The Berkshire Bears faced off against the Rhinos from Taft on Wednesday afternoon. The Bears were determined to turn things around and put an end to the two game losing streak. The Bears steadily progressed as the game went on and with goals from four different players and some strong goal tending from Jamie Ernst '15, stopping 16 of 17 shots, they walked away with the win.
In the first period, Berkshire possessed the puck more than Taft and were able to fire 9 shots on goal, but Taft's goalie held her ground and kept the Bears off the board. The Bears were not well organized and lacked discipline which led to a few chances for Taft. Ernst was up for the challenge and turned away the three shots she faced. Both teams would enter the locker room tied 0-0.
Taft came out strong in the second period, and at the end of the period held a 9-7 shot advantage, but with goals from Lauren Henman '14 and Kate Klimaszewski '16, Berkshire was up by two in the first 5 minutes. Maggie Curran '17 had the assist on Henman's goal and she and Mackenzie Lancaster '15 had the assists on Klimaszewski's goal. It was Klimaszewski's first goal of the season and it came off of some excellent work by her in the neutral zone to break free and finish her partial breakaway. Taft was able to cut the lead in half with 1:29 to go. The period would end 2-1 in Berkshire's favor. Berkshire had made some great adjustments to their breakout in the second, but entered the locker room looking to find the cohesion they had displayed in their opening win against Loomis.
Berkshire found themselves playing their best hockey of the night in the third period of the game. Theirforecheck was stronger and they were making better decisions on and off the puck. Just under five minutes into the game, Berkshire found themselves on the power play. Alli Sugar '16 did an excellent job pressuring the puck in the offensive end after the bears dumped it and drew the holding penalty from the Rhinos. Curran scored her first goal as a Bear 1:12 into the penalty with a low, hard shot from the point. There was a lot of traffic in front of the net and Curran found a lane and took the shot. Assists on the goal went to Klimaszewski and Lancaster. Kylie Wilkes '16 also netted her first goal of the year in the third to put the finishing touches on the game. Wilkes received a pass from Renee Dreher '15 and cut into the slot for the shot. Again the Bears had people in front and Wilkes found space through the screen to beat Taft's goalie.
Berkshire's Curran was recognized as player of the game with a goal and two assists in the win. Berkshire heads to Tabor on Saturday looking to extend their winning streak. Game time had changes to a 1:30 start.