The Bears started their 2013 campaign with a healthy and rested group of skaters looking to build on their solid work of the first 4 games played nearly 3 weeks previously. Showing poise and tenacity, the Bears attacked Gunnery right from the drop of the puck, with each of the four offensive lines and three defensive pairings contributing in successive shifts. However, several unlucky bounces, goal posts, and missed opportunities plagued the Bears throughout the period (and much of the game) and Gunnery managed to convert one of their opportunities in the first period to lead 1-0 heading into the second.
The Bears advanced their pressure on their offensive forecheck during the second period, with defensemen pinching at opportune times and beginning to send pucks to the net for rebound opportunities with forwards crashing to the cage; nevertheless the puck would not roll to the back of the Gunnery net, more posts were hit, yet the Highlanders managed to put two additional pucks past the Berkshire goaltender.
Following an intermission and brief rally from captain Jesse Hahn '13
, the Bears continued to press forward, again showing improvement in pressure and puck possession, and finally got on the board to make it a two-goal difference thanks to the offensive work by Gray Riatti '14, Barclay Gammill '16
, and Connor Shalleck '16
. Berkshire would continue to pressure Gunnery for the duration of the game, with Brendan Moloy '15
stopping all the shots that he faced in the period giving the Bears ample chance to catch back up, but the missed shots and goal posts would ultimately cost them the game, with the score finishing as 3-1 in Gunnery's favor.
on a tremendous game, setting the tone of the offensive forecheck and making many plays that don't necessarily translate to a box score.