Hockey - Boys Junior Varsity
vs. Hamden Hall
|Date:||January 17, 2014|
|Score:||Berkshire 1 - Hillside 5|
Event Recap:The Bears were excited to host the Hillside Bulldogs, a new opponent to the JV program, following an exciting come from behind win against Gunnery the afternoon before. With several lines contributing to the score sheet in the prior victor, all players jumped out of the gate quickly and displayed a confidence that was immediately identifiable in all zones. To their credit, the Bulldogs were up for the challenge and matched the physical play and fast pace of the Bears, but their offensive opportunities were repeatedly turned aside with stellar play by Berkshire goaltender Calder Ryan '14. Hillside would open the scoring following a Berkshire turnover at the neutral zone, and though Ryan managed to stop the ensuing breakaway the Bears were caught out of position and unable to pick up the trailing Bulldog players who pounced on an easy rebound goal. Following a flurry of additional chances, Berkshire began to settle itself again, working together to break out as a unit, with Chris Zaffanella '15 and Ivan Kulchitski '16 working together to score Berkshire's tying goal.
The second period saw the Bears falter in maintaining a consistent fore check, with their legs showing the effects of their fifth period of hockey in less than 24 hours, yet Ryan responded with stop after stop when Berkshire miscues and turnovers resulted in Hillside scoring opportunities. It was a truly fantastic effort by Ryan in that period, enduring blasts from the point, rough play across his crease, yet he maintained the composure the Bears needed in those moments. The second period was also particularly penalized with both sides taking turns in the box, and Hillside managed to convert one of their extra man situations to finish the period with the lead at 2-1.
Berkshire regained its enthusiasm and focus in third period, with both forwards and defensemen making smart and simple decisions in all three zones. The lines of Connor Shalleck '16, PJ Webb '15, and Nick Palumbo '17, as well as Matty Wieczorek '14, Luke Amero '16, and Jack Gustavson '16 produced many initial scoring chances, but struggled to find ways to create second or third shots off an initial pursuits. Players showed poise in persevering throughout a game when pucks were simply not bouncing in their favor. Despite having a few additional power-play opportunities in the third period, Berkshire could not find the back of the net, and Hillside managed to add three of their own in the later stages of the final period to close out the game with a final score of 5-1.
Berkshire looks forward to jump right back into the mix with Avon this weekend in hopes of earning their second win of the year.