Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jr. A Captures Big Win Over Phillips Exeter

The Jr. A hockey team traveled to Phillips Exeter Academy, who has always proven to be tough competition. The first period of play was evenly matched, with Bridgton first on the scoreboard. Silas Rainville (Franklin, VT) blocked a shot on a penalty kill, and turned it into the first goal of the night. Bridgton stayed strong, but Exeter was able to tally their own goal later in the first.

Early in the second frame, Bridgton gave up a two more penalties, resulting in Exeter's domination of the play. Bridgton stayed strong and killed the man down play to keep the score tied. Not long after, Bridgton worked the puck down the ice and scored with some scrappy play in front of Exeter's net. Jimmy Magrath (Medfield, MA) fired a shot, and Brendan Glynn (Quincy, MA) collected the roubound and put it away for the go ahead goal. The second goal had the Wolverines fired up, and they dominated for the remainder of the period.

Going into the third, Bridgton had yet another player in the penalty box, giving Exeter a man up for the first minute of play. Exeter had a hop in their step, but Bridgton successfully killed that penalty as well. The third period saw some physical play and the puck moved quickly up and down the ice. Exeter pulled their goalie in a final attempt to tie up the game, but Bridgton managed to hold on and secure the exciting 2-1 win.

In the game, Bridgton killed 14 penalties, going 100%. Pat Farrington (Sandwich, MA) played in net blocking 38 of 39 shots in three periods.

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