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Hockey - Boys Thirds
vs. Trinity Pawling
|Date:||January 18, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 4 - Trinity Pawling 3 (OT)|
Thirds nip TP in OT 4-3
Thirds hockey took some time out from Winter Carnival to travel down Rt. 22 for their annual 4:00 pm-on-the-Saturday-the-
With Alex "Chinchilla" DeChellis on IR, and Alden "Lightning" Boldt on a recruiting trip to Union, Thirds rolled just three lines of forwards to go with three pairs of D. First period goals from Eric "Stampede" Smith, '14, (a shorthander) and Jay "Z" Allen, '15, matched a pair from the Pride, and the teams ended the period knotted at 2. With a fresh sheet to start the second period, the teams traded chances, with neither squad able to find the back of the net. Finally, late in the period, the hosts went up 3-2 on a nifty top shelf wrister that eluded netminder Dillon Cunningham, '15. The third period featured more back and forth play, but the Bears defense was up to the challenge, patiently finding the best outlet to move the puck out of their own end, then working hard to contain it in the offensive zone.
As the clock wound down, and it looked like a long trip to a cold rink would amount to nothing, Richie "No penalty" Riegel, '15, jammed home the tying goal with 1:44left. To overtime!
The boys were up to the challenge, thwarting any chance the Pride had to earn a win in their own barn. When it seemed that we'd have to settle for a tie, Brendan "The Savior" Moloy, '15, once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, lifting a backhander over the shoulder of the TP goalie for the win with only 18 seconds left on the clock. As the boys mobbed Moloy and coaches Bjurlin and MacKenzie patted themselves on the back, none of it mattered: the cold rink, the long drive on slushy roads, the late night on an off-duty/Trivia night weekend; to play a solid game and get the win was reward enough.
And so, with visions of McDonald's dancing in their heads, Thirds headed out into the night, loaded up the buses, and headed north, secure in the knowledge that, as de facto captain Smith tells them repeatedly, their social lives would be improving significantly.