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.
The NYA lady Panthers traveled north for the second meeting of the hockey season with the Huskies of Kents Hill.
After a sluggish start by both teams in the first period, NYA’s freshman Charlotte Collins put in a loose puck in the Huskies goal to put NYA up 1-0.
Kristina Block made it 2-0 in the second period with an unassisted goal taking the puck in from center ice to the top of the circle and beat the Huskie goalie with a hard wristshot.
Kents Hill had its chances on a number of power plays but a strong defense by NYA and timely saves by Alexandra Barnes kept the score 2-0 at the final buzzer as Barnes recorded her 5th shut out of the season.
NYA travels to the Groton School on January 14 and comes back home to the Travis Roy Arena to face Tilton Academy on Saturday January 17. Game time is 4:20pm. Come cheer on your NYA Panthers!
January 10th, 2015, Byfield, MA
The NYA Boys’ Hockey team improved to 5-8-1 with a 3-1 victory over Governor’s Academy on Saturday. The Panthers fell behind to an early goal and trailed 1-0 through two periods. With just under ten minutes remaining, Bradley Potter broke the scoring drought with an off angle shot for his fourth of the season. The goal sparked NYA, who continued to put pressure on the Governor’s defense. Minutes after the Potter goal,the Panthers would strike again. Nick Demers took a heavy shot from the point, with Governor’s goalie Mack Burton making the initial save. Josh Chapman was able to find the puck, which had trickled behind the goalie, and bury the rebound to put the Panthers up 2-1 with only a few minutes remaining. Chapman would add an empty net goal to secure the win for NYA. Burton and NYA goalie Jeremy Thelven were excellent all game, trading saves at each end to keep their team’s chances alive. Burton would finish with 37 saves in defeat while Thelven stopped 23 for the win. The Panthers begin a five game home stand on Wednesday, when they host Holt Conference rival Pingree School.