Hockey - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||January 19, 2013|
|Score:||3 - 6|
The Bears hosted a talented Avon squad and put on an exciting brand of fast-paced hockey. The opening period saw Avon jump out to a 1-0 lead caused by a neutral zone turnover that led to a break away which the Winged Beaver player managed to get past the Bears' goalie, Calder Ryan '14. Berkshire regained their composure and countered with a series of offensive bursts, though the team struggled to maintain their momentum shift by shift. The line of Alden Bodlt '14, Joe Pezza '14, and Jared Shatkin '13 would prove to be the group that provided the offensive catalyst through all three periods, and managed to tie the game up 1-1 before the end of the period.The second period saw much of the same back-and-forth action that characterized the first frame, with Ryan turning aside Avon chances and Berkshire generating a few quality scoring opportunities of their own. Though the Bears would drop another goal to trail 2-1, both teams headed into the intermission while having missed key chances to gain advantage.
The third period saw Berkshire tie up the score 2-2 on a creative play by the Boldt-Pezza-Shatkin line, only to have the Avon club turn right around and take the lead once more at 3-2. The Bears responded a few shifts later with a precision shot from defenseman and team captain Jesse Hahn '13 which the Boldt-Bezza-Shatkin line had a hand in developing. The back-and-forth nature of the game carried forward into the period with Avon breaking the tie once more to take a 4-3 lead, and then adding a third goal of the period to take a 5-3 lead. Berkshire would have an opportunity to close the gap with less than 3 minutes remaining upon which they pulled their goalie during a man-advantage to play 6 on 4. Despite numerous chances and seemingly sure-fire scoring opportunities, the puck wouldn't slide across the goal line and into the Avon net. In the end Avon added an empty net goal to secure the win at 6-3.