Chris Kreider ’10 Nets Four Goals vs. St. Seb’s; Hockey Rebounds After Tough Loss to Exeter

Tucker Mullin ’08 scored the lone Andover goal as Andover dropped a frustrating game at rival Exeter 2-1. Although Andover controlled the play for most of the period, neither team scored in the opening period. The Exeter goaltender played spectacularly, turning away several quality Andover shots. In the second period, Exeter seized the lead. Five minutes into the period, Exeter scored on the power-play to take a 1-0 lead. However, Andover responded to tie the game. At the 13:18 mark in the second period, Tucker Mullin snuck a shot past the Exeter goalie for his fourth goal of the season. Steve Bury ’08 and Brooks Dyroff ’09 assisted on the game-tying goal. However, just two minutes later, Exeter took back the lead with another power-play goal. The puck deflected off a skate around the net and slipped by goalie Glenn Stowell ’09 for the go-ahead goal. Andover fought to tie the game, but the Exeter defense kept Andover from generating scoring chances and Exeter held on to win 2-1. The defeat was Andover’s fifth one-goal loss of the season and dropped the team below the .500 mark. In the loss, goalie Stowell made 28 saves. On Wednesday, Chris Kreider ’10 had four goals, leading Andover to a dominating 7-1 win against St. Sebastian’s. After the disappointing defeat to Exeter, Andover came out determined to return to the win column. Andover’s offense proved to be up to the task, as it controlled the flow of the game and kept the St. Sebastian’s defense on its heels throughout all three periods. Kreider led the Andover scoring with four goals, giving him a team leading nine goals on the season. Mullin, J.J. McGregor ’08 and Garnet Hathaway ’10 all scored in the Andover rout. Andover’s defense elevated its play to shut down St. Sebastian’s shifty forwards. Andover kept the St. Sebastian’s offense quiet, only surrendering one goal and limiting its chances to shots from the outside and keeping forwards out of the slot. Goaltender Stowell also played well, only yielding one goal. With the win, Andover moved its record to 6-6-0. Andover faces a tough slate of games in the upcoming week. On Friday, Andover will travel to Thayer. Andover will host a strong Nobles team on Saturday. Andover faced Nobles earlier in the season at the Flood Marr Tournament in a game that Nobles won 5-3. This season, Nobles is 9-6-2 overall. Finally, Winchendon will travel to Andover on Wednesday. Winchendon should prove to be a tough test for Andover, with a 13-4-2 record this year. After the week, Andover hopes to possess its first winning record since early December.