The Berkshire Bears faced off against the Williston-Northampton Wildcats on Saturday. This was the Bears' first home game in a month and they looked to build on the momentum they have been able to build over that time span. Berkshire got on the board first with a power play goal off the stick of Craig Puffer '14. The Bears dominated much of the first period but missed the net on some good chances. Charlie Corcoran '14 added a goal in the period's final minutes to give the Bears the 2-0 lead after the first period.
Williston came out in the second and got on the board to cut the lead to one, but Berkshire bounced right back. Adam Tracey '14 scored a nice goal from the slot off a feed from linemate Matt Renzi '14. This line would strike again later in the period when Jake Sontag '14 banged in a backdoor play to extend the Berkshire lead to 4-1. At this point it looked like Berkshire had the game under control, but the pesky Williston Wildcats clawed their way back in the game with two goals scored within a minute of each other at the end of the period. The teams went to the locker room after two periods in a close game, Berkshire ahead 4-3.
The Bears set the tone on the first shift of the third period. Nice puck movement on a regroup by the 5-man unit of Puffer-Corcoran-Higgins-Gerstenfeld-Kaiser set up Tipper Higgins '14 for an odd-man break. Higgins made no mistake and buried a snap shot to the top corner to extend the Berkshire lead. Again the Bears struggled to put Williston away though. An uncharacteristic defensive zone turnover cost the Bears another goal and put the Wildcats again to within one goal. As the third period wore on though the Berkshire attack proved to be too much. Ben Key-Comis '14 scored his first goal of the year and Tracey added his second of the game to secure the 7-4 Berkshire win. George Blinick '14 played well in net, making the saves he needed to in order to get the win.
The Bears are back in action Monday when they host Millbrook at 5:15pm at the JACK.