Bobcats Sweep Weekend In Style

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.

Being on the road, the Bobcats opted not to go back to campus to instead stay with families in the nearby area before heading out to Worcester to face Holy Cross. Mosca played excellent in his first game back, not missing a beat from last year's season making crucial saves down the stretch. Bates' scoring was started on the powerplay by Senior forward Andrew Panella who was able to bury a rebound and tie the game up at 1. Thomas then scored his 7th of the year beating the netminder fivehole. Panella's linemate, Bobby Coppersmith '13 burried home a rebound in the second period. "It was a goal that even I could have scored. I mean it was just lying there", added Tyler White '13 who was able to add two assists in the game. Thomas then scored late in the second period on a powerplay to make the game 4-3, and no score followed in the third. Whether it may be a coincidence or not, all of the goal scorers stayed in the Panella household the night before. Panella commented after the game, "I don't know if it was the hot tub, my dogs, or just being at my house that made everyone play better. It's definitely not a coincidence it is just the way we rolled. All that really matters is that we got the win and that our playoff hopes are still alive."

Back-to-back three game weekends will take a toll on a team, but the Bobcats were able to battle through the soreness and take down St. A's. Thomas was able to add goals in similar fashion in the first two periods to give Bates a 2-1 lead going into third. A quick goal by the Hawks knotted the game and sent it into overtime. Once OT started it did not take more than one shift for Thomas to burry another one making it a 9 goal weekend, and a complete sweep for Bates. "You know sometimes things are just clicking. I didn't have any real pretty goals today, but they all count the same. Scoring doesn't really mean a whole lot if we aren't able to win so I am just glad that my efforts were able to help the team" Thomas stated.

Bates has kept their playoff hopes alive with these three wins and looks to take a day off on Monday to rest and prepare for the final league game coming up on Friday. In the words of Coppersmith, "we still have a job to do", and these 'Cats aren't done fighting yet.