On Monday, the Bears faced off against their all school president’s alma mater – Fairfield Country Day School. Despite FCDS’s relative youth and slight stature, their grit and discipline on the ice held the Bears in check throughout regulation play and into the 1st few moments of overtime.
As the pattern has been for most of the season, the Crusaders scored the 1st goal of the game - taking advantage of a Bear’s bungled defensive assignment in transition.
Berkshire’s offense started to engage in the 2nd period. PJ Webb slid in the 1st goal for the Bears with an assist from Hunter Reynolds. Connor Shalleck followed up shortly thereafter by converting on a PJ Webb pass from the corner. Unfortunately FCDS hadn’t decided to turn off their scoring spigot yet and matched the Bear’s scoring with 2 goals of their own and had the potential to notch a 3rd if not for Adrew Koudijs holding his ground and forcing a penalty shot well wide of the net.
The beginning of the 3rd period didn’t offer any inspiration to Berkshire’s cause. The Crusaders popped in their 4th goal of the game and went up 4-2. While nobody can put their finger on the specific catalyst, the Bears, completely out of the blue, decided to play hockey at the 43rd minute of the game. Larry Matt won a clean faceoff in the offensive zone with 1 minute 30 left on the clock. Vaughan Kavanaugh delivered and buried it to make it 3-4 on the scoreboard. Moments later, with 6 skaters on the ice and an unfortunate amount of experience in these types of situations, the Bears tied it up at 4-4. Matty Wieczorek went top shelf on a pass from Connor Shalleck with only seconds left on the game clock.
The Bears didn’t relent in overtime. Sparked by their late minute heroics in regulation, Berkshire came out aggressively in overtime and forced a FCDS skater to cover up the puck in the crease. Luke Amero buried the ensuing penalty shot to win 5-4 and the Bears called it a day after 46 ½ minutes of play.