Opening Weekend

The 2012-2013 season began this past weekend. The Bobcats have had a rather rough start to the season as the ice in Underhill has not been ready to skate on yet. Therefore, the team has only had 3 practices heading into this weekend's games versus Sacred Heart and Westfield State. Both teams have played at least 5 games, and have been on the ice for over a month.

The Bobcats played much better on Sunday versus Westfield State than on Saturday. Sacred Heart got off to an early lead and did not look back winning 8-0. Junior goaltender Garrett Johnson played very well making 35+ saves despite the loss. Sacred Heart was clearly in much better shape, however Coach Leblond claimed it really wasn't an 8-0 game. Junior Chris DeBrase, Senior Tyler White, and Senior Andrew Panella had chances to score but could not find the back of the net.

The game was close at Westfield until the final 10 minutes when a major penalty put the Bobcats shorthanded for 5 minutes. The Owls capitalized on the once 3-2 lead, making it 6-2 in the end. Johnson had another solid game making 41 stops. White scored the first goal of the year for Bates on a long shot from center ice in the first period. DeBrase then added his first of the year beating the goalie low blocker in the second period.

Although goal scoring was a problem this past weekend, the team showed positive signs. Johnson played well in both games, and the Junior D-pair Alex Cruz and Ty Silvey had big hits and positive shots on net. It is clear that having a full week of practice will help the team as they head into Merrimack on Saturday.