Coming up Short

Gettysburg Hockey
Gettysburg's Garrett Flasinski getting tripped up by Lafayette forward

Coming off of their first win of the year, Gettysburg was looking to make it two in twenty four hours as they now traveled to take on Lafayette.  However, it took them some time to get to the rink as their bus got caught in traffic leaving them no time to relax when they got to the rink and not a solid warm up.  Despite the hurried start, Gettysburg came out of the gate flying against Lafayette and controlling most of the play.  Lafayette didn’t even get their first shot until just over the midway point of the period.  Even though Gettysburg controlled the play early, they could not get one past the Lafayette netminder.   With seven minutes remaining in the first a shot from the slot fooled junior goaltender, Ian Cleary for the 1-0 lead.  Minutes later, Gettysburg was shorthanded and Lafayette got another shot past Cleary for a 2-0 lead.  This was a wake up for the Bullets as a minute later senior Hunter Yale, took it upon himself to fly in the zone and bury a breakaway to pull within one goal.  Off the ensuing faceoff, Gburg broke it in to the Lafayette zone and junior Zak Kennedy sniped a shot over the should of the goaltender tying the game with only :30 seconds remaining.  But Gettysburg thought this was the end of the period because off the next faceoff they gave a lackluster pass that was intercepted by Lafayette who took the shot and the first was stopped by Cleary but the rebound was poked home to take the lead in to the second 3-2. 

The second period Gettysburg once again controlled most of the action but again had nothing to show for it, except a few posts and giving the Lafayette goaltender a few highlight reel saves.  There was no scoring until early in the third period when Yale broke in to the zone curled around the net and found linemate, junior captain Bobby MacDonald in front for a tap in goal tying the game at three.  Minutes later senior assistant captain Garrett Flasinski pulled down a Lafayette player and he was awarded a penalty shot.  However, Cleary was up for the task and kept the Bullets tied stopping the shot.  With time winding down, Gettysburg needed to finish on their many chances, but unfortunately could not and it would be Lafayette who would be able to capitalize on three shots late in the third to take home the 6-3 victory. 

Although official shots were not kept by the home team, Gettysburg outshot Lafayette almost by a 2-1 margin (38-21) but fell short on the scoreboard.  The Bullets are now 1-1-0 in league play as they return home next weekend for Homecoming weekend against conference opponent Princeton.  We hope to see a number of fans and alums out for this game.