Hockey - Girls Junior Varsity
|Date:||January 18, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 3 - Kent 6|
The JV Girls’ Hockey team dropped their first home game of 2014 6-3 to Kent on Saturday afternoon. Now standing at 1-3, the Bears are looking to rally after playing a good physical game where small lapses had a major impact. Goalie Haleigh Sullivan ‘15 made fifteen saves.
In a solid match-up, the Berkshire Bears needed to be focused and aggressive, but took their time settling into a rhythm. Nearly nine minutes into play, the Bears struck first with a beautiful goal. Elle Mattsson ‘15 ripped a wrist shot from the point, sending the puck high on the blocker side. Pinging off the post, the puck dropped just in front of the patient Sabrina Tattersfield ‘15 and she plugged it home for her second of the season. With a slight lead, the Bears got a bit too comfortable and found themselves quickly in a hole after Kent responded with three goals in the final three minutes of the period.
After regrouping on the bench, Berkshire’s best period came in the middle of the game with a solid fifteen minutes of play throughout the second. With Andie McGraw ‘17 back with her linemates Kara Falck ‘15 and Logan Bell ‘15, the “green line” worked hard to use their size and strength to knock their opponents off the puck. As Kent wore down towards the end of the period, captain Maureen McCarthy ‘14 of the “gold line” received a pass from Allegra Horstmann ‘14 in the neutral zone, broke through the two Kent defenders, and sniped a beautiful goal to close the gap to one.
Entering the third period with all the momentum, the Berkshire girls quickly found themselves on the penalty kill with Olivia Jansing ‘16 sent to the box on a roughing call. Bell, McGraw, Mattsson and co-captain Amelia Patsalos-Fox ‘14 took care of business and killed off the penalty by possessing the puck well and sending it deep into the Kent zone. At 7:58, Bell brought the Bears to within striking range with a short break-away goal after gaining possession at the blue-line. With the score tied and thirty-seven minutes of play gone by, Berkshire began to look weary and Kent took notice. Once again scoring a pack of goals in just minutes, Kent improved their lead to three to close the game with goals at 7:36, 7:12, and 3:01. The Bears battled but were simply out of gas.
With lots of work to do to prepare for big upcoming tilts against Hotchkiss and Westminster, Berkshire will look to shift their lines around and bring some of the hard-working members of the third and fourth lines into the mix this week.