With the game tied 2-2 in the third period, Tim Driscoll ’12 found open ice and received a pass from Connor Light ’13. Driscoll utilized the breakaway to slam the puck into the Governor’s goal and put Andover up 3-2. This goal was key in Andover Boys Hockey’s 4-2 victory over a very strong Governor’s Academy team last week.
Andover fought hard in the first period, but Governor’s stayed with Andover’s fast-paced offense during the whole period. There were opportunities at both ends of the ice, but neither team was able to find the back of the net, and the first period ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
Carrying its intensity over into the second period, Andover checked hard and worked to create a hole in the defense of Governor’s. Patrick Daly ’15 found the puck free in the front of the net and slapped it in to score his first goal of the season and put Andover on the board. Governor’s answered back, however, and tied the game at one.
In the third period, Andover took the lead again as Seamus O’Neill ’13 assisted a goal by Captain Eddie Ellis ’13.
Governor’s rebounded shortly after to tie the game once again. Later in the period, Driscoll scored on a breakaway, assisted by Light.
Soon after, JD Cescon ’12 sniped a shot directly over the Governor’s goalie on a rush to secure the 4-2 win.
“Governors was a very good game for us. Arguably the most complete game for three periods all year. We were able to get a lot of sticks on pucks and blocked a number of shots in our own end. Overall it was a very good effort that we need to build on. Ross Bendetson ’13 was solid in the net for us,” said Coach Dean Boylan.
Andover took on Cushing, another top ranked team, on Wednesday. Early in the game, Ellis scored in a two-on-one situation when he received a pass and tapped it in back door.
Cushing rallied back with another odd man rush, making multiple passes and finally slipping the puck by Andover’s goalie.
Cushing found the back of the net once again to make the score 2-1, as goalie Tyler Kirsch ’12 saved Cushing’s initial shot but was unable to stop the rebound shot, which bounced off a player and flew into the net.
In the second period, Jason Nawrocki ’13 tied the game on a power play when he tipped the puck in the air and the puck went through a defender’s legs and into the net. Neither team was able to put another goal away, ending the second period in a 2-2 tie.
In the third period, Cushing scored on another odd man rush to go ahead with one minute left. Nawrocki rocketed a shot off the post and in to send the game into overtime with just seconds remaining.
The overtime went back and forth with many chances for both teams to score, but neither could pull out the win, ending the contest in a tie.
Andover will travel to Tabor tonight and will make the trip to Brooks tomorrow, hoping to add to its winning record.