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Hockey - Girls Junior Varsity vs. Williston Northampton

Event Type: Regular
Advantage:Home

Date: January 9, 2013

Result:Loss
Score:1 - 6

Event Recap:

Despite improved play, tougher defense, and several scoring opportunities. the JV Bears suffered another loss, bringing their season to 0-4 with a 6-1 battle against Williston Northhampton,

After being diagnosed with a minor concussion, the Bears' usual goaltender, Haleigh Sullivan '15, had just one day to train first-time keeper Annie Love '16 for action. With a mere one practice in the pads (which were on the wrong legs for the first period!), Love made an impressive 25 saves, including stopping a breakaway and a 2 v 1. While the team is hopeful that Sullivan will return to her net next week, they are confident that their new back-up is willing and able.

The Bears also found themselves short one forward and one defense-woman heading into the tough match-up, and needed some time in the first period to adjust to new lines. Down 2-0 after the first 15 minutes, Love switched up her leg pads while the team devised a new strategy, deciding to commit to stronger defense. 

The second period brought more Williston tallies, but the Bears remained energized and aggressive. Taylor Sorenson '13, Olivia Mason '13, and Lexi Merison '15 picked up the pace and created scoring chances in the offensive zone. Though they were not able to capitalize, Logan Bell '15 and Elizabeth Hosage '15 each tested the Williston net-minder and let her know that the Bears were not about to give up.

Down but not deterred, the Bears faced a 5-0 deficit in the third period. Annie Fraiman '13, Amelia Patsolos-Fox '14, and Hattie Walrdon '13 worked on moving the puck out of the defensive zone more effectively, and their efforts paid off. With just 5:30 remaining to play, Sorenson took control of the puck in the offensive zone and ripped a wrist shot past the screened Williston goalie, stealing her near-shutout and getting the Bears on the board. The tally was the first for Sorenson, and well earned after she played her best game to date.

The Bears have the weekend off and with four practices to prepare, are hoping to turn their season around on Wednesday with a home game against NMH as they enter a challenging string of games against Hotckiss, Westminster, and Kent.
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