Andover Boys Hockey won three games in a row over winter break, but couldn’t manage to continue its success in the Flood Marr Holiday Tournament. Overall, the team went 4-3-1 during the vacation and placed seventh in the tournament.
The team started its three-game streak with an annihilation of Pomfret. An early goal by David Belluche ’14 created momentum for Andover’s offense, and the team did not look back for the rest of the game.
With the help of a hat trick from Timothy Driscoll ’12, Andover went on to win the game 9-1.
After a great team effort against Pomfret, Andover traveled to the Pingree School and won its second game 3-1.
In only his second start of the year, goaltender Ross Bendetson ’13 stopped nearly everything that came his way, allowing only one goal in 29 shots.
Following the team’s second straight win, Andover headed to Holy Cross to take on Worcester Academy.
Andover dominated offensively from the beginning, possessing the puck in Worcester’s zone for the majority of the game. A relentless offensive effort allowed Andover to boast a 5-0 lead in the middle of the third period.
Worcester finally scored on a breakaway late in the game but Andover held on to win the game 5-1.
Riding a three-game winning streak, Andover headed into the Flood Marr Tournament with confidence.
Andover opened the tournament against a tough Nobles team and, despite the Andover’s momentum leading up to the game, suffered a 7-3 loss.
On a positive note, Andover was extremely effective during its power play, scoring three goals.
Andover could not improve its play for its game against Westminster three days later and lost the game 5-2.
Later that day, Andover was finally able to come up on the winning side in the team’s final game of the preliminary round against Hotchkiss with a 7-5 victory.
Defender Connor Light ’13 was very impressed with Andover’s ability to convert on the power play. He said, “Our power play had five of our seven goals, so it was huge for us to just get pucks on net and take advantage of our opportunities.”
Driscoll led Andover’s offense against Hotchkiss, scoring his second hat trick of the year.
Andover finished in a three-way tie for second place in its division, but the team’s goal differential was the worst of the three, putting the team in last place.
Andover played Milton Academy the following morning, battling for seventh place overall.
Andover scored first, but Milton fought back and tied the game 1-1 in the second period.
In the third period, neither team was able to capitalize, and the period ended in a stalemate, sending the game into overtime.
Once again, neither team was able to penetrate the other’s strong defense, and the game ended as a 1-1 tie. With the tie, Andover secured a seventh place finish in the tournament.
Andover carries a 4-3-1 record heading into the next segment of the season. The team will take on Brewster Academy this Thursday at home. Given the team’s disappointing finish in the tournament, Andover has much to work on before the game.
Light said, “We have a pretty talented team, so we just need to focus on the details a little more and make sure we play a complete game. We’ve struggled maintaining focus throughout the game, so we really need to make sure we’re competing every shift.”