Quenzel Shines on Senior Night

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.

Sean Thomas '14 shockingly started the scoring. He picked up a face-off win from fellow linemate Chris DeBrase '14 and put it high. Just a few minutes later, Thomas and DeBrase went in on a 2 on 1 where Thomas put it in the same spot. "Yea I could have slid it over but I mean it was just there, it was easy" he said about his 14th goal of the year. Coppersmith then knotted the game scoring his 3rd goal of the year off a great find from Junior Ty Silvey from the point. Coppersmith said, "You know I saw the poster that my friends made of all the seinors on the team for Senior Night. It finally hit me that this was it and I went out there and told myself that I had to go out with goal. The very next shift I was able to put it home." The Bobcats went into the third period tied 3-3.

Thomas scored first to complete his hat trick and to give the team the lead. Bates would not look back. Quenzel then got hot adding a powerplay goal in front of the net and then buried one off a Silvey attempted saucer pass. "Hey it got there", Silvey added. Goaltender Garrett Johnson '14 shutdown the Black Bears in the third, in a similar way he shut out MIT and St. A's in third periods this year and sealed the deal. "He has come a long way. From the first practice to now he is a different goaltender, especially on breakaways and shots in close. In practice I sometimes even kind of struggle to score on him now" added sophomore Erick Maclean .

By winning the third period the Bobcats won the game and completed what they set out to do in running the table for the second semester. However, it was a different setting than pervious years for this senior class. "Except for this year, we have always been in the playoffs so we didn't necessarily know when our season was going to end. It was very strange walking over to Underhill knowing it would be the last time. I hated it" Quenzel commented. It will be tough next year for this team as they are loosing valuable players both on and off the ice. "These guys have been some of my best friends and closest teammates since I walked in the locker room as a freshman. We are all going to miss their presence. I wish we had one more ride together, but it just makes me want to win next year that much more now" said DeBrase.