The Bears looked to finish on a positive note to before heading away for winter break. Having been disappointed with the results of their first three games, though having put together several quality periods of hockey, the club stormed out of the gate and displayed the intensity and focus that has been expected of this veteran group, and finally were rewarded for their efforts.
Though Eaglebrook put forth a disciplined and aggressive forecheck, the Bears were consistently able to move pucks out of their own zone and play in the offensive side of half for much of the game. Sam Hahn '14 opened the scoring, and rookie Chris Zaffanella '16 added a second goal to give the Bears a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. Sam Merrill '16 made all of the stops when necessary in the first half, directing pucks to corners and preventing the opposition from generating any offensive rebounds.
The second period saw Berkshire grow more confident in their forecheck, and credit must be given to the Eaglebrook goalie for making several key stops. The line of Barclay Gammill '16, Gray Riatti '14, and Connor Shalleck '16 managed to put together a pair of goals in the second period in a matter of minutes, with Gammill and Riatti tallying the goals.
Leading 4-0 to start the third period, the Bears continued to attack and managed to score three more goals, with Matty Wieczorek '14, captain Jesse Hahn '13, and Jared Shatkin '13 finding the back of the net. Calder Ryan '14 did a good job in the second half between the pipes, allowing only a single goal on a fluke bounce towards the end of the game.
The outpouring of goals was well deserved and the Bears played a very complete game from start to finish. That every line contributed at least one goal in the game is a sign of even better things to come. Berkshire will look to continue on this success as they start their 2013 campaign at home against Gunnery on January 5.