Punishing Penn

Picture from last season vs Penn

With the opening weekend behind them and the challenge of a perfect conference record off the table, Gburg was winding down the season with four more games before the playoffs.  The first of these matchups was was University of Penn.  Last season Penn crushed the Bullets hopes of the playoffs with a late season tie.  Gettysburg was determined to not allow them to spoil anything this season. 

Gettysburg traveled to Philadelphia to play to the historic Class of 1923 arena.  Not as awe-inspiring as Baker arena at Princeton but still some great character. The Bullets hoped to start the game the way they did against Susquehanna last week but unfortunately they would not.  Perhaps it was the typical bus legs but the Bullets skated evenly with Penn in the first few minutes.  Finally around the midway point of the period Gettysburg began to turn on the jets. Senior captain Niall Hines fed a pass to linemate junior Bobby MacDonald who sniped a shot past the goalie for the 1-0 lead.  Less than two minutes later freshman Brad Bourne fed it to defensive partner freshman Eric Miller who then sauced a pass to freshman Josh Pettengill who split the defense and deked the goalie for the 2-0 lead. Bourne scored one of his own minutes later as he picked the top corner.  It looked as if Gburg would continue to roll but a misplayed puck allowed Penn to head in on a breakaway with sophomore goaltender Sam Shockley and they netted the goal pulling within two goals heading in to the second. 

The Bullets picked up their dominating play in the second as a few minutes in, freshman Stephen Puth broke in on a two on one with fellow freshman Jack Stanton and hit Stanton with the pass who put it home for the 4-1 lead.  Late in the period Hines scored to add to his four assists on the night as he flicked a wrister past the net minder. 

In the final period the Bullets put away their opponent in commanding fashion as they scored six goals.  Pettengill netted his second of the game, senior assistant captain Ryan Anderson tallied with two snipes from the slot, MacDonald got his second of the game and the win was capped off with goals from junior Hunter Yale and sophomore Matt Kuhl.  The final horn sounded as Gburg won 11-1.  Despite all the offense Bullets' net minder Shockley needed to be sharp at times as he stopped 25 shots.

Bullets next face division rival Bucknell as they look to hang on to the top spot in the conference. Thank you to the family and friends who made the trip to Philly.