Andover Crushes Belmont Hill in Physical Matchup Between League Powerhouses

Powered by a pair of two-goal performances by Chris Kreider ’10, Andover hockey improved its record to 15-2-3 with two home victories this week. On Friday, the team defeated Belmont Hill 5-1 and also defeated Kimball Union Academy 5-2 on Wednesday. Friday’s contest was a battle of giants, as Andover is ranked towards the top of its New England Prep School league and Belmont Hill is an ISL powerhouse this season. After missing some early opportunities, Andover scored 10 minutes into the contest. Jim Houghton ’09 scored his first goal of the season off of a great pass by Garnet Hathaway ’10 to put Andover up 1-0. The remainder of the first period was scoreless, but not without action as Andover was physical and even killed a 5 on 3 situation for Belmont Hill. Andover took the upper hand in the second period, as the team scored three goals to go up 4-0. Less than a minute into the period, Kreider sped around the Belmont Hill defense, crossed over to the left side, and sent the puck to the top shelf to put Andover ahead 2-0. Kreider continued to show his outstanding skills seven minutes later when he scored an amazing goal that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Andover’s last goal of the period was scored by Captain Brooks Dyroff ’09, as he sent a wrist shot into an empty left side of the net after a pass from Mike Lozzi ’09. In the third period, Belmont Hill finally got on the board with a goal two minutes into the period. It was not enough, however, as Andover cruised to a 5-1 victory after a late goal by Trevor Braun ’10. “We came out strong, and our team chemistry was really clicking against Belmont Hill,” said Kreider. Glenn Stowell ’09 turned in another great game in net, as he stopped 23 of 24 Belmont shots. Andover came out sluggish in the first period against KUA, and both teams were kept scoreless. KUA jumped out in front with a power play goal seven minutes into the second period. Andover came roaring back, however, with two goals late in the period. Dyroff scored with two minutes left off a Kreider assist to knot the game at 1. Just two minutes later, Kreider scored with 2 seconds left in the period on a power play to take the lead. Andover had a very strong final period, as it took a secure lead with three goals. Kreider scored his fourth goal of the week eight minutes into the frame to put Andover up 3-1. Andover then scored two goals in the span of 30 seconds with the help of Hathaway and Mike McDonagh ’09 to take a commanding 5-1 lead. KUA scored late in the third period to cut the lead to three goals, but Andover held off the opposition for the 5-2 win. Coach Dean Boylan liked the way the team played in the game, but he knows there are still things to straighten out. He said, “Although we came away with a win, we need to be more consistent and play a full 54 minutes of quality hockey.”