Battling Orange and Blue
The Bullet team has been having great success, but as each game approaches they have a saying that each game is their biggest of the year because they cannot take any of the league games for granted. All the teams in the GNCHC are fairly matched and any team can win on any given day. That is why Gettysburg needed to be extra prepared against Bucknell. In addition to having very little rest from their previous matchup against Princeton, the Bullets also knew that Bucknell had not lost yet this year. Last season the Bullets split with the Bisons and both teams just missed the playoffs by mere points. A lot would be at stake as the Orange and Blue teams would battle.
As the game got underway the Bullets did not show any signs that they had just arrived back from NJ less than 12 hours earlier. They put the pressure on early and were generating some good chances. However they were not able to capitalize on a few big rebounds. Midway through the period the referee decided to call his first penalty and it was against the Bullets. In fact he called his first two, minutes apart and Gburg found themselves down 5 on 3. But the penalty kill had performed well in the past few games, and was in fact flawless for the past five games. They killed the first and were almost done on with the second when Bucknell was able to plow to the front of the net and put one past sophomore goaltender Jon Lipshutz. But back 5 on 5 Gettysburg continued to control and minutes later junior Garrett Flasinski would get a rebound out front and back hand it through the crowd in to the net.
The second period started much like the first except Gettysburg was once again shorthanded, but this time the players killed off the Bucknell powerplay and after a great stretch pass from the defense to senior Dan O'Malley sprung him on a breakaway and he put it past the goaltender for a 2-1 lead. Minutes later Gettysburg was on a powerplay of their own and sophomore Zak Kennedy snuck back door and linemate sophomore Mike Berestecky hit him with the pass and he tapped it in for his first of the game. At the midway point of the period Gettysburg got greedy and four players were below the hash marks pressuring for a goal, but this allowed Bucknell to get a breakaway and they once again were able to sneak it underneath Lipshutz for the goal. But before the end of the period Gettysburg was once again on the powerplay and right off the faceoff sophomore Matt Kuhl sniped a one-time shot from the point past the Bucknell goaltender giving Gburg the 4-2 lead heading in to the final period.
In the third, the rough play and lack of calls progressed. But the Bullets still kept their composure as they knew the win was more important. Less than two minutes in the period, Flasinski carried it up the ice dished it to senior captain Niall Hines who in turn hit a wide open senior assistant captain Ryan Anderson on the back door who tipped it home for the 5-2 lead. Late in the game, the referees lack of calls and control allowed for some cheap shots to be taken which escalated in to some minor fist-a-cuffs, a rare occurrence that has not happened since Gburg's time in DIII. However, late in the period Gettysburg was on a powerplay and it was Kennedy again who scored making it 6-2. Off the ensuing faceoff freshman Eric Miller hit Berestecky with a pass who took it down below the goal line dropped it for Kennedy who completed his hat trick by banging it home and putting the final nail in the coffin of a 7-2 victory.
Lipshutz had another great night as the Gburg goaltenders continue their great play as he had 32 saves on the night. Gettysburg once again has their biggest game of the season next week as they take on the defending division champion Millersville Marauders. Thank you again to the fans and family who attended the game and we hope to see everyone out at the Millersville game next weekend.