Hathaway ’10 and Kreider ’10 Combine for 10 Points in Last Home Game of Regular Season

Getting behind the defense on a breakaway, Garnet Hathaway ’10 netted one of his most impressive goals on the season, burying the puck top shelf in Andover’s last home victory of the regular season this past Wednesday against NMH. On the week, Andover went 1-1, losing to Tabor and winning against NMH. On Friday, over 500 fans packed Harrison Rink to watch Andover face Tabor Academy. Even with the home crowd at its back, Andover went down early, as Tabor scored two goals in the first six minutes. Andover bounced right back, however, as Hathaway and Josh Geary ’09 scored near the end of the period to knot the game at two. Because of these two goals, Andover had all the momentum going into the second period. However, Tabor scored the only goal of the period to take a 3-2 lead. Despite a strong final push by Andover, Tabor padded its lead with a power play goal 10 minutes into the third period. Chris Kreider ’10 scored with less than five minutes remaining to cut the lead in half, but Tabor was able to hold off the home team and hand Andover the loss. Andover struggled in this game because of a lack of consistency. Although the team finished the game strong, it was sluggish for much of the first period. Andover quickly turned this around, as it played perhaps its most electrifying game of the year against NMH. Hathaway and Kreider combined for 10 points in one of the team’s most offensively persistent games. The puck was in Andover’s offensive zone for much of the first period, and the team got many quality shots on net to open the game. Andover finally took advantage of these opportunities when Kreider scored a breakaway goal. Brian Safstrom ’10 scored only two minutes later on a power play. Hathaway and Kreider chipped in with the assists. This goal gave Andover a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the locker room. The home team didn’t let up in the following period, as it pressured the opposing goalie with more shots on net. Captain Brooks Dyroff ’09 scored another power play goal at the 11:45 mark to bring Andover’s lead to three. NMH got on the board with a goal 1 minute later to get back into the game. Hathaway scored Andover’s fourth goal on a breakaway after Safstrom threaded the needle with a gorgeous pass. Kreider then added a shorthanded goal. In the third, Andover continued to pile on the goals, as Hathaway and Kreider each added one to their totals. Mike Lozzi ’09 scored on a deflection from a Dyroff shot. These goals gave Andover a commanding 8-1 lead that it held until the end of the game. In an attempt to “mix it up,” Coach Boylan swapped Geary and Kreider. This decision paid dividends immediately, as the second line scored six goals, with Kreider scoring a hat trick and adding three assists. Hathaway scored four points on the night to combine with Kreider for 10 points in the NMH blowout.