"Shock" and Awe

Sophomore Sam Shockley held Princeton to one goal and stopped 30 plus shots on the night

Coming off their thrilling overtime win against TCNJ the Bullets were riding high but could not get over confident as the season was still in its infancy.  Working through a few issues in practice they hoped to continue their momentum in conference play. First up would be a late night road trip to take on Princeton at the historic Hobey Baker arena. It was one of the most impressive venues Gettysburg has ever played at, only rivaling the Naval Academy's arena back when both teams were in the MDCHA.

Once the awe of the building had ceased and a minor clock issue was resolved the game got underway.  The Bullets did not start strong as perhaps they were still admiring the historic arena.  Despite the lackluster start by the Bullet players, sophomore goaltender Sam Shockley was up to the task.  He kept Gburg in it early until they finally started finding their legs.  Midway through the period, the hero from last game, sophomore Matt Kuhl held the puck in at the blue line and made one move around a Princeton player and ripped a wrist shot top corner through a screen for a 1-0 lead.  However late in the period a bad giveaway in the neutral zone led the Princeton leading scorer on a breakaway and put it past Shockley.  The period ended knotted at one.

In the second the Bullets were now finding their legs and connecting on their passes.  Just before the midway point of the period senior assistant captain Ryan Anderson took the puck deep in to the Princeton zone circled around the net and found sophomore Mike Berestecky in front who tried to bang it home but was stopped. However the rebound popped out to freshman Brad Bourne who jumped in to the play and he buried it for the 2-1 lead.  Minutes later senior captain Niall Hines was on a 3 on 2 with his linemates Bobby MacDonald and Hunter Yale and Hines faked the pass cut to the middle a wristed a snipe in to the net.  On the next shift it was Anderson who was in front and was returned the favor from Bourne as he poked home a rebound himself giving the Bullets a 4-1 lead to end the period. 

For the final period Gburg was determined to protect this lead and take home the victory.  It was not without some tests as the Bullets were assessed a few penalties in the third including a long 5 on 3.  But the Bullets' penalty kill and Shockley were up to the task.  After killing the penalties Gburg extended their lead as sophomore Jon Bloom broke the puck out of their zone with a laser pass to Berestecky who went around the defenseman and rifled a wrist shot over the glove for a commanding 5-1 lead.  As the time wound down Gettysburg added one more insurance goal as Kuhl skated the puck from one end to the other and dished it to freshman Stephen Puth who backhanded in to the net for the final tally and sealing the 6-1 victory. 

Shockley played amazingly well stopping 30 plus shots on the night.  The Bullets turn right around and less than 12 hours from their bus returning to campus they had to host Bucknell.  Thank you once again to the families who made the trip to Baker arena for the Bullets victory.