The Proctor Academy Hornets traveled from Andover NH to meet the NYA Panthers in girls hockey at the Travis Roy Arena on December 17th.
Proctor came out very strong and fast and scored early in the contest. The first period found the lady Panthers in their own zone for much of the time and senior standout goalie Alexandra Barnes stood tall and kept all but one shot out of the net. 3 posts were hit and Barnes saved 17 shots in the first period alone as NYA found themselves down 0-1. The Panthers came out much stronger in the second period with good movement and forechecking and created a number of good scoring chances but the Hornets put up a strong defensive back line and denied all of NYA’s opportunities. Proctor was able to score the 2nd goal of the game when they packed a few players in front Barnes and shot from the outside to go ahead 2-0.
Great effort in the 3rd period by our lady Panthers but Proctors defense would not bend and their net minder made several key saves as the final score was Proctor 2, NYA 0.
12/13/14 Portsmouth, RI
The NYA boys hockey team improved to 3-4 on the season by defeating Holt Conference opponent Portsmouth Abbey by a score of 3-2 in Portsmouth, RI. It was the second consecutive win for the Panthers, who outshot the Ravens 50-15 in the contest. After ending the first period in a 0-0 tie, Junior Josh Chapman started the scoring in the second period by burying a rebound off a Brad Potter shot on the rush. Four minutes later Chapman would score another goal, this time a shot that deflected off a Raven defender and into the net. Portsmouth Abbey would battle back and cut the Panther lead to 2-1 just two minutes into the third period. With ten minutes to go, and the Panthers on the power play, Chapman would complete the hat trick by scoring off a rebound created by a Nick Demers shot from the point. The Ravens would add a late goal, but NYA would hang on for the 3-2 win. Senior Griffin Cady kicked out 13 saves in net to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Panthers will travel to Worcester Academy on Wednesday, 12/17 with the chance to improve to .500 on the season and end the first semester with a perfect Holt Conference record.
The NYA girls hockey team controls the ice at their home opener against Kent’s Hill and comes out with a 3-1 victory. Riding the wave of their recent tournament Championship at Pingree Academy the lady Panthers kept skating hard during their home opener and didn’t give the Kent’s Hill much skating room as the Panthers dominated the play.
12/11/14 Travis Roy Arena, North Yarmouth Academy
NYA Boys Varsity picked up a home win on Wednesday, defeating in state rival Berwick Academy 4-1. Berwick would strike first, scoring just 34 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Mike Pitts would tie the game up at 1 after capitalizing on a turnover forced by Brad McLellan. The 1-1 score would remain through the rest of the first period and well into the second period, each team exchanging scoring chances. With just over three minutes remaining in the period, NYA was able to capitalize on the power play for what would eventually be the game winner. Trevor Lachance was able to keep the puck in at the blue line and cycle it down the wall to Josh Chapman. Chapman made a rink wide pass to Brad Potter, who tucked an accurate one-timer just under the crossbar. Just before the second period ended, Tristan Plummer set up Bobby Murray for another power play goal for the Panthers, who took the 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Berwick came out hard for the start of the third period, but goaltender Jeremy Thelven came up with a number of big saves to preserve the lead. Josh Chapman would secure the win for NYA, banking home a Plummer rebound with 8 minutes remaining. Thelven was sensational in net, stopping 32 of 33 shots for the win. The Panthers will travel to Portsmouth, RI on Saturday to take on the Portsmouth Abbey Ravens in a 4:00 Holt Conference game.
In a rematch of last years Championship game at the Pingree Invitational Hockey Tournament in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, the NYA Girls Hockey team came up with a great effort and defeated Pingree Academy to bring the Cup back to North Yarmouth Academy for the second straight year!