The Bears looked to rebound against the NE Rifles, a Springfield-based hockey club, following a well-played but ultimately disappointing contest against Gunnery the previous weekend. With four days of excellent preparation, some outdoor activities, and a nearly full squad of healthy players, the Bears started the game off with a physically dominant and high-tempo approach. All forward lines would contribute to an increasingly dominant offense, and defensemen on each unit were able to find ways of getting shots to the net through traffic. Though the Bears controlled much of the play through the first period, they would only gain two goals in the first frame, both from Jared Shatkin '13.
Freshmen linemates Barclay Gammill '16 and Connor Shalleck '16 found the back of the net in the following periods, as well as linemates Joe Pezza '14 and Alden Boldt '14 who put home a goal apiece. The scoring outburst was highlighted by a phenomenal effort by the line of Pezza, Shatkin, and Boldt, with six of the team's eight goals in the game being attributed to those players. Shatkin had four goals on the night, burying pucks on breakaways, point shots, and displaying a high level of stick handling that routinely frustrated the opposition.
Brendan Moloy put forth a solid effort in net allowing only a single goal, and routinely prevented offensive opportunities from developing by directing rebounds away from high scoring areas in front of the net.
Next up, the Bears are looking to avenge an earlier loss against a solid team at Gunnery.