Hockey - Boys Thirds
|Date:||December 11, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 2 - Kent 2|
Thirds "win" at Kent, 2-2
The 1968 Harvard Yale game, which inspired the headline "Harvard beats Yale, 29-29," has gone down in history as one of the most famous ties in sports. Well, Thirds hockey might have bested that legacy this afternoon at Kent, scoring twice in the last three minutes of the game to earn a 2-2 tie with the lions.
After a tough season-opening defeat at Westminster last Saturday, the boys were looking to make a fresh start. With converted lacrosse goalie Dillon Cunningham, '15, between the pipes, and recent waiver-wire acquisition Brendan "Danny's Brother" Moloy, '15 joining the third line, coaches Bjurlin and MacKenzie were optimistic (that is, until their emotional and physical cores froze solid in Kent's sub-zero rink). The boys came out hustling, peppering the Kent netminder with shots, but failing to find the back of the net. Kent took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period on an unfortunate deflection, but the Bears kept up the pressure, firing shots from the point and taking the body at every opportunity.
They made it a bit harder on themselves late in the game, giving up a second goal halfway through the third period, but then things turned in favor of the good guys. With just over three minutes left, Eric "Stampede" Smith, '14, and Richie "Wrecker" Riegel, '15, hacked persistently at the puck as the Kent goalie vainly tried to cover it, finally pushing it over the line for the team's first goal of the season. One of the Bears got carried away in the celebration, inappropriately taunting the Kent bench after the goal, and he was sent to the box for his breach of puck etiquette. This put the boys down a skater for the last three minutes of the game. The team took on this challenge, and after a timeout to plot strategy, pulled the goalie with one minute left to get a fifth skater on the ice. With the clock winding down to the single digits, things looked bleak for the green and gray, but salvation arrived from the left wing as Moloy fired the biscuit home with 8.2 seconds remaining to tie the game. As the bench erupted in cheers and Moloy "kayaked" across the ice, coach "Minnesota Mike" Bjurlin declared, "That's as good as a win!"
Today's result brought back memories of the team's 2009 tie in the same rink, in which coach "Reggie Dunlop" McNamara got sent off for questioning the officiating of the "Silver Fox." No such low-lights today, just a solid effort that paid off in the end, and a great boost as we move towards the annual showdown with the Millbrook JV.