Hockey - Boys Thirds
|Date:||December 8, 2012|
|Score:||4 - 3|
Event Recap:Another matchup with Millbrook, another thrilling game. The Stanley Scuffle of '09, the Paliotta Stunner of '10, and the Legendary Licata Breakaway of '11: every year, it seems, the Millbrook contest brings out the best (well, except for '09) in the Thirds boys, and this year was another dandy. Joined by some JV call-ups, the team traveled to Millbrook's big barn ready for anything. The Bears got off to a quick start, as Chris Zaffanella '15 found himself alone at the right post with the puck at 12:17 of the first, and did what he needed to do to put the good guys on the board first. Shortly thereafter, the "Sheffield Connection" of Jackson Aldam '14, and Dan Ives '15 combined to put the Bears up two going into the first intermission. The second period featured back and forth play, as both teams had their chances and as both teams suffered disappointing ethical lapses, each requiring approximately 90 seconds of solitary reflection. Late in the period, though, the JV line clicked, as Robert "Jack" Gutavson '16 hit the streaking Zaffanella with a nifty backhand feed from the right boards. Zaff dutifully buried the biscuit to put the Bears up three. Less than a minute later, the "Sheffield Connection" struck again, as Aldam got the puck past the goalie just to the goal line, and Ives reached in to grab the glory, poking the puck home to give the Bears a 4-0 lead. Thirty seconds later, reality struck, as a fluky clearing pass in a four on four situation put the puck on the stick of a Mustang forward who was able to break in alone and beat goalie Andrew Koudijs '16.
The third period was a tense affair, as the tenacious Mustangs fought to get back in the game. Finally, with just over two minutes left, they figured out how to solve a problem like Koudijs, beating him twice in the last three minutes of the game to pull within one with just over a minute left. (Next up for them: catching a cloud and pinning it down.) At this point, the boys tightened up their chinstraps, successfully defended several defensive zone faceoffs, and escaped with their third win of the young season. Game pucks go to the ironically nicknamed Si "Too Tall" Tolvo, defensemen Ben "Kayla's brother" Harff '15, and Hunter "Advisee" Reynolds '16, and center Hustlin' "Chuckles" Erdmann. The number one star though, was unquestionably goalie Andrew "Moo" Koudijs, who stood on his head to seal the victory. The team will take a three week hiatus from hockey for exams and holidays, returning to action in early 2013. Happy Holidays from Coaches Bjurlin and MacKenzie and all the boys of Thirds Hockey.