Berwick Academy traveled north to play the rubber game against our NYA Panther girls hockey team on Wednesday night February 4, 2015. On January 23 the Panthers surprised the undefeated Bulldogs coming away with a 2-1 win in Dover NH in a very physical and competitive game.
Wednesday night the teams met at the Travis Roy Arena in the final meeting of the year for the in-state rivals.
Berwick came out quick and scored early in the first period on a shot that came from the top of the circle with players causing a screen in front of Alexandra Barnes. The play was fast and physical as the teams countered one another and both teams had good scoring opportunities but could not convert as the first period ended in a 1-0 Bulldogs lead.
The Dover Ice Rink in Dover New Hampshire was the site of the latest meeting between the Berwick Academy Bulldogs and the NYA Panthers in girls hockey. In the previous meeting, Berwicks fast skating and crisp passing gave NYA trouble and Berwick defeated NYA 4-0.
The Friday night feature opened as the announcer introduced 1980 Gold Medal recipient of the Men’s Olympic Hockey Miracle Team, captain, Mike Eruzione. Eruzione was there to dedicate funds to improve the locker rooms at the rink as he graduated from Berwick Academy in the 1970′s before moving on to Boston University and ultimately to the Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.
As the game started and during the first 5 minutes the Panthers were hanging tough and the play began to get very physical. At 8:35 left in the first period Taylor Leech scored on a power play to make it 1-0 NYA.
Hebron Academy took the 45 minute bus ride to meet up with the NYA Panther girls’ hockey team on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The first period was action packed but neither team would break through for a score.
With 6:56 left in the 2nd period, Hebron’s Samantha Munroe broke the tie on a shot that found the back of the net to make it 1-0. Midway through the second period, NYA’s Jenna Block went out of the game with an undisclosed injury. With time running out in the second period, Taylor Leech broke through center ice, went around a Hebron player at the blue line and scored on a back hander to tie the game 1-1.
Both teams had their opportunities early in the 3rd as both goalies kept the score tied until Hebron’s Caitlin O’Meara took the puck from center ice and skated into NYA’s zone and scored on an unassisted goal to make it 2-1 with 6:05 left in the game.
From the drop of the puck it was a very aggressive game with both teams skating hard. Much of the action was in the Panthers offensive zone in the first period. Our Lady Panthers had a few good chances but Tilton kept the score 0-0. It was a costly period however as freshman Charlotte Collins collided with a Tilton player, resulting in a broken fibula; sadly, she will be out the remainder of the season. Keeley Bartolini also went down after a collision and took two shifts off but came back out to finish the 1st period.
Tilton came out stronger in the second period pressuring in the NYA defensive zone. Senior goalie Alexandra Barnes came up with some exceptional saves but at 8:29 left in the second period a rebound was put in by Tilton to make it 1-0.
1/17/15 Travis Roy Arena, Yarmouth, ME
Bobby Murray completed his second hat trick of the season and Mike Pitts added two of his own as the Panthers defeated Holt Conference opponent Rye Country Day School 5-2 on Saturday at the Travis Roy Arena. The win extends NYA’s winning streak to four games, and unbeaten streak to five games.
Murray would get his first of the day midway through the first period after Sam Johnson won a battle in the corner and got the puck to Murray, who would race the length of the ice before tucking a shot just inside the far post for his 8th goal of the year. Just before the end of the first, Murray would strike again after a neutral zone give-and-go with linemate Hunter Mahoney. Murray again would enter the zone with speed and finish off the goal for his second of the day.
The Panthers controlled the play for much of the second period, however it was Rye who would score off a faceoff and cut the Panther’s lead down to 2-1. With under two minutes to go in the second, and NYA on the power play, Freshman Mike Pitts would score his first of the day and eighth of the season by burying a rebound in front of the net. Murray would complete the hat trick with under a minute remaining in the period to take a 4-1 lead into the third period.
NYA would extend their lead to 5-1 with Pitts’ second of the day. A Jake Rasch shot from the point took a lively bounce off the end boards right to an open Pitts, who tapped the puck into an empty net. Rye would add a late goal but the Panthers would end the game with a convincing 5-2 win. Jeremy Thelven and Griffin Cady shared duties in the win for the Panthers.
NYA will take on Bridgeton Academy at 5:00PM on Wednesday at the Travis Roy Arena.