Bates Ties Division Opponent Merrimack 5-5

The Bobcats netted their first league point of the year, skating to a 5-5 tie versus division opponent Merrimack College. Going into Thanksgiving break the ‘Cats were outnumbered as they skated only 12 players including only 3 defensemen most of the game.

Merrimack took an early lead until Senior Tyler White dangled two players, walked into the slot and put it high glove slide for his second goal of the year. Shortly after, the Bobcats scored their first powerplay goal of the season on an Andrew Panella ’13 backhand. First-year Jamie Peterson kept the puck in on the forecheck enabling Bobby Coppersmith ’13 to find his linemate in the open in front.

White added his second of the game in the second period on an odd man rush as he again beat the goalie high glove. After the game White added that it was “my best shot since high school”. Junior goaltender Garrett Johnson kept the Bobcats in the game making 20 saves through two periods and keeping the score tied at 3-3 going into the third.

Chris DeBrase ’14 added his second goal of the year after winning a face off to Tyler Silvey ’14 who unleashed a bomb from the point, allowing DeBrase to collect and bury the rebound. Silvey then scored his first as a junior on an actual bomb beating the netminder high blocker. He scored on the powerplay getting the Bobcats an important insurance goal, putting them up 5-3. Two costly penalties, eventually putting Merrimack on a 5-3 man advantage, allowed the Warriors to tie the game at 5-5 with around three minutes left to play. DeBrase had a chance to break the tie on a short-handed breakaway, but missed the net high blocker side. He vowed not to miss on a breakaway for the rest of the year. Overtime remained scoreless and as the two teams traded chances.

In front of a hometown crowd, Johnson and Silvey were up to the challenge. Johnson yet again stood on his head for the Bobcats, turning away 36 shots; while Silvey led the team in ice-time, stabilizing the team with only three true defensemen in the lineup.

Come help support the ‘Cats as they hope to keep the point streak going as they have their first home game on November 30 against rival Harvard at Underhill Arena.