Despite their failure to complete a dominant performance Saturday night against Harvard with a win, the Bates men’s hockey squad has started the season in impressive fashion. In an intense, physical matchup against the Crimson, Bates tied 3-3, with senior captain Chris DeBrase scoring the opener and senior assistant captain Sean Thomas adding two nifty goals. Although Bates disappointingly allowed two Harvard goals in the final four minutes, their power play success, cohesiveness, and grittiness are all positives they can carry into the season.
With classes well underway this fall in Lewiston, the Bobcats are ready to hit the ice for the 2013-14 season. Opening their campaign on the road, Bates will travel to Merrimack College on Friday, October 25 (8:00 PM game time) to kick off their season.
Led by senior captain Chris DeBrase '14 and alternate captains Sean Thomas '14 and Ty Silvey '14, the 'Cats will vie for the American North division title on their quest to a fifth NECHA regular season title in just nine years.
In what was set to be an emotional night at Underhill, two year captain Jared Quenzel played one of his best games of the year in his final game as he netted two goals in his final period. Fellow seniors Bobby Coppersmith, Andre Gobbo, Tyler White played their final games as well, with Andrew Panella unfortunately sidelined with an injury. The Bobcats went on to win 6-3 over UMaine Orono, and the ended the second semester on a 5 game win streak and finishing 6-1-1.
After a win 4-3 win on the road versus rival MIT, the Bobcats still had two games remaining before they could call it a weekend. On Saturday, Bates was able to upset the division leading Holy Cross Crusaders 4-3 under Junior Matt Mosca's first start of the season. An overtime hat-trick performance by Sean Thomas '14 then sealed the sweep for Bates as they were able to take down St. Anslem. Mosca was able to get both wins on Saturday and Sunday, and although his groin was fine there, some knuckle problems might be arising.
Garrett Johnson '14 captured the elusive first career win and Junior Sean Thomas netted all four Bobcat goals in a comeback win over MIT. After being down 3-1 at the beginning of the second period Thomas was able to power the 'Cats back with 3 unanswered goals to seal the win. Thomas' first goal was pretty where he scored shorthanded on 2-1 off a Chris DeBrase '14 pass, where he proceeded to dangle the goalie and roof it backhand. The majority of his goals came from shots from near and outside the slot.