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Hockey - Boys Thirds vs. Trinity Pawling

Event Type: Regular
Advantage:Away

Date: January 12, 2013

Result:Win
Score:3 - 2 (OT)

Event Recap:
Thirds hockey traveled to Trinity Pawling on a drizzly, foggy Saturday afternoon for their traditional 4:30 game.  After watching Deerfield defeat the TP varsity by two, the boys took the ice to face a decidedly mixed squad, that included players of all shapes, sizes, and ability levels.  Despite their disparate appearance, the Pride turned out to be a tenacious opponent.  The Bears' play in the first period was, perhaps, best described by Romantic poet and noted puck enthusiast John Keats, when he wrote that "a drowsy numbness pains my sense/as though of hemlock I had drunk,/or emptied some dull opiate to the drains/one minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk."  Truly, the bus ride had taken its toll, as the boys wandered sluggishly around the ice, unable to mount any consistent offensive pressure.  With leading scorer "Chuckles" Erdmann '16 on I.R., and with the TP goalie channeling the spirit of Bernie Parent, goals were hard to come by.  Things started looking up in the second period when Richie "The Wrecker" Riegel '15 carried the puck deep into the offensive zone and put it on net.  Alex "Chinchilla" DeChellis '16 was there to shovel in the rebound for the first tally of his Berkshire career.  As Coach Bjurlin pointed out after the game, 20 years from now he will have gone bar down from the blue line.  With just over five minutes left in the period, JV loaner Jack Gustavson '15 potted a nifty backhander off a feed from Eric "Stampede" Smith '14 to put the Bears up by two.  Late in the period though, there was a huge scrum in front of the net, and with the Philly Phenom, Roy Faigenbaum '14 buried under a number of players, the puck rolled into the net to cut the Bears' lead in half.

Things got interesting late in the third period, as usually nice guy Jackson "Ogie" Aldam, '14, was sent off for hitting from behind.  With 2:30 left in the game, as the bus warmed up in the parking lot and the boys were dreaming of what they'd be ordering at McDonald's on the way home, the Pride snuck one in at the near post to tie the game.  To overtime!  Thankfully, the boys made quick work of it, as Brooks Kiley '14 dished one back to Matt "Springer" Spaniol '16 at the left point, and the steady D-man fired a low shot that found its way through a tangle of legs and sticks to the far corner of the net for the game-winner.  Hat tip here to the TP goalie, the V-squad's third stringer who was filling in for a sick colleague and turned away alot of rubber.  Kudos also to goalie Andrew "Moo" Koujdis '16, who pitched a shutout through the first half of the game.  Thanks to all the parents who made the trip to Pawling to support the squad.  Thirds will be back in action this Wednesday as they host the Millbrook Mustangs at the Jack.  Good seats are still available.
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