Thomas and Debrase both net hat tricks to propel Bates over New Hampshire in 11-7 victory

Sean Thomas scored four goals in his home debut. (Photo: Meg Curran)

Bates played host to New Hampshire in their home opener on Friday night. Charley Stern wasted no time in getting the scoring started as he streaked down the left flank with the puck and scored on his first shift of the game. After a New Hampshire equalizer midway through the first, Bates regained control of the game in powerful fashion.

Sean Thomas scored with 5:30 remaining in the first period to give Bates the lead again, and then he struck again for his second of the game just 18 seconds later.

Chris Debrase scored with 34 seconds remaining in the first period, and Thomas struck 16 seconds after to complete his hat trick in the first period. At the end of one period, Bates held a commanding 5-1 lead.

Debrase opened the scoring in the second period to give Bates a five goal lead, but the Wildcats quickly answered with a powerplay goal of their own.

Andrew Panella scored his first career goal as a Bobcat midway through the second period by firing a wicked shot over an outstretched goalie as he was falling to the ice. ESPN's Sportscenter considered airing the goal as the top play of the night, but video footage wasn't available. Panella, who used up all his turbo on the play, was accused of being a "lucky button masher" by opposing players after the game. Exasperated, a Wildcat player sought redemption by stating, "Look, we all know that it was a glitch in the game." The state of Wisconsin is considering filing legal action against Panella for stealing all of their top cheese.

After two more New Hampshire goals, Bates decided to start playing hockey again. Rory Cosgrove and Tyler Dewdney played an aggressive forecheck while penalty killing and a Dewdney tip pass sent Cosgrove in alone against New Hampshire. Cosgrove pulled a page out of Gunnar Stahl's book and went to the triple-deke followed by a glove side shot for his first of the season. If you have seen the UNH goalie's jock strap, we ask that you please contact the hockey program so that it can be promptly returned to its rightful owner.

At the end of the second period, Bates remained in charge of the game and went into the locker rooms with a comfortable 8-4 lead.

Debrase completed his own hat trick, the second of the game for Bates, on a powerplay goal with 10:51 remaining in regulation.

Thomas scored his fourth of the game and team-leading sixth goal of the season just 45 seconds after Debrase struck. All four of Thomas' goals on the evening came within 45 seconds of another Bates goal.

As the third period progressed, play began to get chippy between the two sides. Each team was assessed three minor penalties. In addition, three major penalties were doled out in the game's final period. Bates received two majors for contact to the head, whereas New Hampshire received one for high sticking.

With Bates up 10-4, New Hampshire capitalized on an extended powerplay by scoring twice on the man-advantage. New Hampshire began to make the game interesting by scoring their third goal in a span of 5:35 to bring the game to 10-7 with 4:34 left in the game, but the Wildcats would get no closer.

Jared Quenzel, unanimously considered the most flamboyant dresser in the NECHA, had the final say in the game. The crafty defenseman went end-to-end with the puck, dancing around all five Wildcat players before scoring his first of the year. The sophomore defenseman celebrated the goal which iced the game in the waning moments of the third. Teammates allegedly said to Quenzel, "Act like you've done this before." Quenzel responded by saying, "But I haven't." Quenzel then proceeded to drop to one knee and give a triple fist pump before pulling a Sharpie out of his shin pad and signing pucks for all six fans in attendance.

Joe Doody started in net for the Bobcats and picked up his first win on the season. Paul Troiano picked up his first points of the season in the form of three assists from the blueline and Matt Ohlheiser picked up two more assists to tack onto his team-leading five helpers. Bates is now 1-3 on the year.

Final score: Bates College 11 - New Hampshire 7

1st period / 1:41 - BATES - C. Stern (2) from R. Cosgrove
1st period / 11:29 - UNH - Goal
1st period / 14:30 - BATES - S. Thomas (3) from M. Ohlheiser, P. Troiano
1st period / 14:48 - BATES - S. Thomas (4) from C. Debrase
1st period / 19:26 - BATES - C. Debrase (2) from R. Cosgrove, S. Thomas
1st period / 19:42 - BATES - S. Thomas (5) from R. Cosgrove, M. Ohlheiser
2nd period / 5:27 - BATES - C. Debrase (3)
2nd period / 6:10 - UNH - Goal
2nd period / 8:42 - BATES - A. Panella (1) from C. Stern, P. Troiano
2nd period / 10:47 - UNH - Goal
2nd period / 14:33 - UNH - Goal
2nd period / 19:14 - BATES - R. Cosgrove (1) from T. Dewdney
3rd period / 9:09 - BATES - C. Debrase (4) from J. Quenzel, P. Troiano
3rd period / 9:56 - BATES - S. Thomas (6) from J. Quenzel
3rd period / 10:51 - UNH - Goal
3rd period / 12:56 - UNH - Goal
3rd period / 15:26 - UNH - Goal
3rd period / 18:15 - BATES - J. Quenzel (1)

UNH - Two goalies, one of whom had a yellow blocker
BATES - Joe Doody (1-2)