Hockey - Girls Junior Varsity
vs. Loomis Chaffee
|Date:||December 11, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 8 - Loomis 4|
The Berkshire Bears enjoyed opening the ‘13-’14 season with an 8-4 victory on the road against Loomis. With a deep four-line bench, Berkshire is led this season by senior captains Amelia Patsalos-Fox and Maureen McCarthy. Second-year goal-tender Haleigh Sullivan ‘15 had 13 saves on the day and held Loomis to two zero-goal periods in the first 30 minutes of play.
The Bears opened up scoring early in the first with Andie McGraw ‘17 plugging home a shot on her first shift, assisted by center Logan Bell ‘15. From the first drop of the puck, Berkshire held control all over the ice and focused on intentional passing as well as a dump-and-chase neutral zone system to maintain momentum. Despite a quiet start to the game in warm-ups, the first period proved exciting with five unanswered Green and Gray goals. Paige Rabb ‘16 scored unassisted, followed quickly by a senior connection on the Gold Line with a McCarthy goal assisted by long-time linemate Allegra Horstmann ‘14. With retribution on their minds after two losses to Loomis last season, the Bears continued their onslaught with a goal from Kara Falck ‘15, a career first after making the jump from defense to wing this season, assisted by Bell (her second of the game). To cap off the period, McCarthy struck again with just three minutes remaining in the period.
The second period saw some shifts on the Berkshire bench as the starting line took a step back to help out on defense, allowing the third and fourth lines the opportunity to get more ice-time. Fired up to be getting in the game, the Red and Grey lines maintained Berkshire dominance in the second with two more goals. Sabrina Tattersfield ‘16 put the biscuit in the basket for her first goal as an ice hockey player, assisted by the ever-present captain McCarthy. Just three minutes later, Tattersfield connected with Emma Weinstein ‘16 for her first career goal. With seven unanswered goals on the board for the Bears, the Gold line shifted to the defensive end as the starting five slid over to retire for the game.
As the zamboni resurfaced the ice after the second period, five Bears found themselves headed for the stands as Berkshire shortened the bench for the final fifteen minutes of play. Down to two forward lines and three lines of defense, Berkshire was caught off guard by a Loomis goal just seconds into the final period. Although the excited Loomis squad rallied for three more goals in the period, defensemen Elizabeth Hosage ‘15 and Lucia Liencres ‘17 kept the team focused on the win. Georgia McLanahan ‘16 made a huge backcheck effort to break up a potential 2 on 0 that had the chilly Sullivan nervous, and the team responded with one more goal to seal the deal as Alli Toffolon ‘14 scored her own career first with just under two minutes in the game. (In case you’re keeping track, that’s six of eight goals listed as career firsts in just one game!)Highlighted by all-around unselfish play, goal production from each forward line, and stellar defensive communication throughout the game, the Bears’ only game in 2013 was a thrilling start for the coaching staff and bodes well for the teams’ return to the ice in 2014.