Hockey - Boys Junior Varsity
vs. Cardigan Mountain
|Date:||December 8, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 4 - Cardigan 3|
On Sunday, the Bears fought in their 2nd home contest of the weekend against the Cougars from Cardigan Mountain. Hoping to build on the positive momentum from the waning minutes of the previous day’s game, Berkshire had plans to send the boys from NH on a long journey home. Unfortunately, after the Bears opened up the scoring in the 1st period, an extended lapse of play by the home team allowed the Cougars to pop in 3 unanswered goals and turn a favorable matchup into an uphill battle.
Once again PJ Webb got things going early for the Bears and netted the game’s opening goal. Berkshire built off of this initial success and put together some of their strongest play of the season. The Cougars never capitulated and Berkshire lost its way late in 1st period. Cardigan Mountain took advantage of their opportunities and dumped in 3 unanswered goals – 1 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd period.
Entering the 3rd period down 3-1, the Bears found that they had a little more left in the tank and came ready to put in a solid period of hockey. Once again Berkshire was playing with a purpose and finding success. Connor Shalleck fired a shot from the top of the circle that bounced off of the left post and in bringing the contest back to a 1 goal game. Cardigan quickly responded with a goal of their own, but the Bears didn’t let up. After continuing to press, Jack Gustavson’s physical play was rewarded when he netted Berkshire’s 3rd goal of the day. The Bears continued to control the play in the final stanza, but a Berkshire slashing penalty with less than 2 minutes left on the clock sealed the team’s fate for good. Despite another strong game between the pipes by Calder Ryan, the Cougars finished on top 4-3 – leaving the Bears 0-2-1 on the season.
Berkshire’s next game is at 4pm, Wednesday at Avon Old Farms.