Alumni Game Set

The First Annual Alumni Game is set for February 9th at 2:30 pm. Alumni are set to take on the current Bates team for the first time in team history. Alumni, parents, and friends of Bates athletics are all welcome. Please email cdebrase@bates.edu or jquenzel@bates.edu with any questions.

Powerplay Struggles to Finish as Harvard Takes Two

This weekend had all the potential in the world. There was a buzz around campus leading up to Friday night's packed barn and there was talk of taking both games from Harvard. However, Bobcat forwards failed to find the back of the net and the powerplay went 0 for what seemed like 100 as the 'Cats watched that elusive first win slip away yet again.

Home and Home Series

The Bobcats take on their first Home and Home series for the first time in NECHA history this weekend as they open up at home Friday Night, November 30th, at 7:30. Come support the Bobcats in their first home game this year. They will then travel to Harvard on Saturday, in hope of netting their first league win of the young season.

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.

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.

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