Hockey - Boys Thirds
|Date:||February 6, 2013|
|Score:||4 - 2|
Event Recap:After a winter long weekend of feasting and revelry, Thirds hockey returned to the Jack to host local rivals Salisbury on Wednesday afternoon. Over the past few years, this matchup has produced some close, hard-fought games, and Wednesday was an exception. With the visitors suffering from disease, injury, and call-ups, the Bears looked to have the advantage. Playing with verve, style, and a certain elan, the Bears took an early lead when Charlie "Chuckles" Erdmann, '16, finished off an Eric "Whiskers" Smith, '14, wrap around in the third minute of play. Smith returned the favor later in the period as he banged home an Erdmann rebound to put the Bears up by two. Salisbury slid one by Nick "Great Wall" Greco, '13, late in the period to bring the visitors within a goal at the first intermission. Salisbury found their legs in the second period, but the Bears managed to fend them off, with a strong defensive effort keyed by James "Donny" Donovan, '16, and Richie "Wrecker" Riegel, '15. It was another D-man, Matt "Beans" Spaniol, '16, that scored next, going bar down on a laser-like shot from the left point.
Then we entered the Twilight Zone: With under a minute to go in the period, Jackson "All-Star" Aldam, '14, had the puck on the sideboard in the offensive zone. With a Salisbury defender bearing down on him, Aldam fired a shot, then expertly disposed of the hapless onrushing opponent. The puck sailed past the goalie's glove, rang around the inside of the net and popped out. Aldam raised his arms, his teammates and coaches cheered, the fans erupted, the opponents hung their heads, the Zamboni driver fired up his chariot, but the officials did nothing. No raised arm, no pointing at the net, no whistle, nothing, thus raising the metaphysical question: if a goal is scored, and everybody sees it except two people in striped jerseys, does it really exist? The answer, unfortunately, is no. The ref admitted that his eyes and those of his partner had been on the collision on the boards, and not following the puck, so although he gets credit here in the write up, there was no credit for Aldam on the scoreboard.
The third period featured one more Berkshire goal, as Donovan slid one through the Salisbury goalie's 5 hole. The Knights scored one more to make the final tally 4-2. Kudos to goalies Greco and Faigenbaum, and a hearty welcome to Peter Giordano, '15, brother of legendary Thirds scoring machine Alex, '11, who was recently acquired on waivers from Winter Mountaineering.