Overpowering Loomis Victory is Bittersweet With Deerfield Tie

Two goal performances from both Captain Brooks Dyroff ’09 and Garnet Hathaway ’10 powered Andover over Loomis in a 6-2 contest on Saturday. On Wednesday, Andover tied Deerfield. Hoping to build on its impressive 12-2-2 record and number one ranking in the New England Prep League, Andover took on Loomis at home on Saturday. The team came out and dominated Loomis right from the start with a four goal outburst in the first period. It only took Andover 1:19 minutes to score its first goal as Ryan Heavey ’09 sent a wrist shot to the back of the net. Only a couple minutes later, Hathaway increased Andover’s lead to two with a power play goal to the top corner of the net. Dyroff then stole the show to close out the period, scoring Andover’s next two goals. The first came on a nice redirection and the second came on a power play, capitalizing on a smooth pass from Mike Lozzi ’09. Andover followed up its explosive first period with a sluggish second period. Loomis scored its only goal midway through the period, and held Andover scoreless. In the third period, Andover got its swagger back as the team built on its lead with two more goals. Shortly after the start of the final frame, Hathaway netted his second goal on a penalty kill. Three minutes later, Josh Geary ’09 sent the puck past the goalie to put Andover up by five. Loomis scored once more before the end of the game, but it was insignificant as Andover eased its way to the dominating victory. The offensive explosion gave goalie Glenn Stowell ’09 a break. After saving 13 of 14 shots, he was relieved by Eric Yoon ’11, who was solid between the pipes for the remainder of the game. With Dyroff and Hathaway scoring two goals each, along with Geary’s goal, both the first and second lines were very productive. Luke Duprey ’10 and Brian Safstrom ’10 both added 2 assists. Andover achieved its goal of coming out of the locker room strong to start the game. “We started off strong and really took it to them from the first drop of the puck,” said Hathaway. “We did a better job coming out hard in the first period this game,” said Dyroff, “but there are still many things we need to work on.” On Wednesday, Andover made the trek down to Deerfield to face a talented home team. Chris Kreider ’10 led the scoring with a pair of goals, one of which was assisted by Dyroff. Safstrom added a goal of his own to bring Andover’s total to three. Stowell was solid in net, but this was not enough, as the teams played to a 3-3 tie after overtime. Andover will play both its games this upcoming week with the benefit of a home crowd. The team will face a tough Belmont Hill squad this Friday.