"Beresteck-in" it

Sophomore Mike Berestecky had a breakthrough game with four goals including two shorthanded

Coming off the heart-breaking loss the night before, Gettysburg was disappointed but they took a lot out of that game.  They proved to themselves they had what it took to win against teams at a higher level and that they would not play down to the level of a lesser team.  Gettysburg had beaten the University of Scranton last year pretty handedly but each season brings something new which is true of any team.  One thing Gettysburg did remember from the game last year is that Scranton played physically and last year got the Bullets off their game by coaxing them in to penalties.  This year they hoped to not make that mistake. 

As the game got underway there was no sign that the Bullet team had spent most of the weekend on a bus.  They came out just as they had the previous game controlling and confident.  A minute in sophomore Zak Kennedy, who missed the Holy Cross game due to a Varsity golf conflict, took a nasty hit from behind which took him out of commission for the rest of the game.  Gettysburg was awarded the early powerplay and senior assistant captain Ryan Anderson wasted little time as he scooped the puck up from a scramble in front of the Scranton net and buried it glove side.  Minutes later Gettysburg once again had the pressure on and as Scranton tried to clear, sophomore Matt Kuhl kept the puck in at the blue line and let a slap shot go through a screen in to the back of the net.  Late in the period it became the Mike Berestecky show.   The sophomore who was also absent from the Holy Cross game because of golf made his presence known in this game.  With five minutes remaining Gettysburg was killing a penalty and freshman Jack Stanton out muscled a player twice his size for the puck and fed it to Berestecky who was all alone with the goaltender and did not miss.  Off the ensuing faceoff Stanton broke the puck out of the Bullets’ zone right on to the stick of Berestecky once again who blew past the defense and the goaltender for his second shorthanded goal in 30 seconds.

To begin the second Gettysburg had to go with the hot hands and Berestecky was on the ice again when senior captain Niall Hines broke in and took a shot on goal in which Berestecky followed the rebound and tapped in home for the natural hat trick and the commanding 5-0 Bullet lead.  Midway through the period on the powerplay senior Dan O’Malley intercepted a clearing pass and let one of his lethal wrist shots go and in to the back of the net for a 6-0 lead.  Not to be forgotten, on the next shift Berestecky intercepted a pass beat one defenseman and was one-on-one once again with the goaltender and simply floated one over his shoulder for his fourth goal of the game. 

In the final frame Gettysburg sat back and hoped to get out of the game without any more injuries and return from their long weekend.  Unfortunately this allowed Scranton to capitalize twice on freshman goaltender Ramiz Chaudhary who had turned away everything else on the night.  Gettysburg’s O’Malley would add another shorthanded tally in the third as Gburg rolled to an 8-2 victory. 

Overall not a bad weekend for the Bullet team.  They hope to now take their momentum in to their conference play as it opens up at home for them next weekend against conference opponents LaSalle and newcomer Lafayette.  Thank you once again to all the family, friends and alums who came out and cheered on the Bullets this past weekend.