Andover struggled against a strong St. Mark’s team, losing its fifth consecutive game 5-0.
For the majority of the first period, Andover kept up with St. Mark’s as the teams battled back and forth for control of the puck. At the close of the first period, Andover trailed 0-1.
St. Mark’s played faster and better in the second period, coming out of the locker room firing. Despite its best attempts, Andover couldn’t stop a relentless St. Mark’s offense. Andover allowed three goals in the second, giving St. Mark’s a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Co-Captain Brooke Van Valkenburg ’12 said, “They had much better neutral zone play so they were able to get into our defensive zone easily and with speed.”
Andover could not turn things in its favor in the third period because the team could not produce offensive results.
Taking two penalties, Andover conceded a five-on-three advantage. Andover killed off the penalty, and when it seemed all pressure had been relieved, St. Mark’s put one in the net shortly after the teams were back at full strength. With the goal, St. Mark’s secured the victory and shut out Andover 5-0.
On Wednesday, Andover faced Cushing and hoped to end the team’s disappointing five-game losing streak. Unfortunately for Andover, it could not pull through with a win and suffered a 2-0 loss.
In the first period, both teams fought hard. The game was fast-paced from the start. Andover came out aggressively, but Cushing matched the team’s intensity and the first period ended in a scoreless deadlock.
Once again Andover came out strong in the second period, but Cushing did as well. Neither team was able to get any quality scoring chances, but the bounces favored Cushing.
Twice the puck squirted out and lay there in front of the Andover net. Cushing pounced on the pucks and buried them into the Andover net, giving Cushing a 2-0 lead heading into the final period.
Although Andover picked up its play defensively in the third, it failed to score because it lacked offensive production. Despite sustaining its high intensity, St. Mark’s did not score anymore points in the final period.
“We didn’t generate a lot of offense, but we were really happy to finally execute our fore-check properly,” said Jordan Johnson ’13.
Suffering its sixth straight loss, Andover has not scored in its last two games. Though slightly discouraged, Andover remains optimistic about future games and hopes to rally back to find success the rest of the season.
Looking to end this prolonged losing streak, Andover will host Deerfield on Saturday.