Post-Graduate (PG) Brendan Ryan ’17 contributed on four of the five goals scored by Andover Boys Hockey in its 5-2 victory over St. Paul’s on Friday night. Andover also took down Noble and Greenough 4-2 this week but fell to Winchendon 4-1, bringing its record to 8-7 on the season.
Against St. Paul’s, Ryan delivered the puck to Co-Captain Jonny Edelson ’17 early in the first period, who shot and scored to bring Andover to a 1-0 lead. Even though Andover got off to a strong start, St. Paul’s scored two quick goals to end the first period with Andover trailing 2-1.
Andover came out and posted a dominant performance against St. Paul’s in the second period, scoring three goals. After St. Paul’s took a penalty, Andover seized the opportunity when Ryan took a low, hard shot, and Jack Legler ’17 slammed the rebound into the net. Soon after, Carter Giampietro ’19 sent Ryan in on a break-away, where he capitalized once again, giving Andover a 3-2 lead.
Hard offensive pressure in the zone led to a goal off a shot from the point Mike McGreal ’17. PG Kyle Lynch ’17 worked hard in the corner and sent a pass to Ryan, who scored again to seal the 5-2 victory.
Co-Captain Jack Cusack ’18 said, “The team showed great perseverance throughout the game being behind 2-1 but battling back.”
Andover had previously struggled with playing a full game and maintaining complete effort, but the team hustled throughout the entire game against St. Paul’s.
Edelson led Andover on Saturday against Nobles by scoring the first two goals of the game to give Andover a 2-0 lead. McGreal added a goal to put Andover up 3-0.
Nobles fought back, scoring a goal in both the second and third periods to shrink Andover’s lead to one.
PG Goalie Kyle Martin ’17 wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “I think we got too complacent after being up 3-0 to Nobles. We took a lot of penalties, which gave them the momentum back, but our determination as a team showed by being able to close out the game at the end and secure the big victory.”
Martin played a big role in Andover’s win against Nobles.
Cusack said, “[Martin’s] been the backbone of our team all season long, and it really showed in Saturday’s game.”
Andover was able to shut down Nobles’s physical play and high-powered offense. Ryan netted an empty net goal to secure Andover’s 4-2 win against Nobles.
On Wednesday, Andover faced Winchendon and ultimately fell 4-1. Quinn Doyle ’18 capitalized by picking the puck out of a scrum in front of the net and flicking it up over Windchedon’s goalie.
Although Andover started out strong, Winchendon scored two unanswered goals in both the second and third periods.
Andover is looking to earn a win this Saturday against Loomis Chaffee, a notoriously difficult opponent. To prepare for the game, Martin said, “We’ll tighten up our systems, look at what we can improve on from the last game, and we should be ready for the tough test.”