Getting the First W

Gettysburg Hockey
Gettysburg's #21 Brad Bourne celebrates with teammate #17 Stephen Puth after his second goal of the game

Hockey season is back at Gettysburg!  But even in the short amount of time leading up to the start of the season, there has been a whirlwind of emotions.  Gettysburg knew coming in to the season they would be missing a few key players to study abroad programs, including leading scorer junior Mike Berestecky and starting goaltender, junior Sam Shockley.  However Gettysburg had two other solid goaltenders in junior Jon Lipshutz and sophomore Ramiz Chaudhary.  But when the students returned to campus and the team workouts began, it was discovered that both Chaudhary and Lipshutz had now transferred schools.  Additionally a number of new recruits had decided to play Varsity sports at Gettysburg leaving the selection pool thin and a big vacancy between the pipes.  This meant that the current players, mostly sophomores would need to step up and take early leadership roles and coming forward to once again resume goaltending duties was junior Ian Cleary.  Cleary had not played in net since freshmen year with Gettysburg’s old DIII team.  But with help from goaltending coach Christian Miller, and a little work, he would have to be ready to assume the starting role as he is now Gettysburg’s lone goaltender for the first semester. 

Gettysburg conference schedule opened with the University of Pennsylvania.  Last season the Bullets easily handled UPenn at the historic Class of 1923 arena 11-1.  But a young bench and a rookie goaltender could bring anything with the new season. The game got started in the Bullets’ favor as they controlled the play and minutes in sophomore Stephen Puth broke past the UPenn defense and buried a shot for the early one goal lead.  Minutes later Gburg was on the powerplay and senior assistant captain hit defensive partner, sophomore assistant captain Eric Miller with a pass who fed it down low to senior Hunter Yale who wrapped the puck around for the goal.  However the Bullets got too comfortable as a minute later they did not clear the zone and a shot got past Cleary to cut the lead in half.  With time winding down in the first it was Puth again who let a shot go from the slot with assists from E. Miller and freshman Tyler Miller (no relation).  Late in the period Gettysburg began taking penalties and with the new two referee system nothing would be missed.  UPenn would net three straight goals heading in to the midway point of the second, including two powerplay goals taking a 4-3 lead.  Gettysburg bounced back as sophomore Josh Pettengill won a faceoff to linemate freshman Tyler Manchuck who hit a sophomore defenseman Brad Bourne who jumped up in the play, dangled past the defense and flicked one past the goaltender tying the game at four.

Gettysburg played conservative in the third not wanting to take penalties and give UPenn a chance to capitalize.  Midway through the third Manchuck hit Yale with a breakout pass who blew past the defense and beat the goaltender for the 5-4 lead.  But minutes later it was UPenn who snuck one past Cleary yet again and tying it with about eight minutes remaining.  Determined, junior captain Bobby MacDonald won th

e draw and a shot by sophomore Jack Stanton was tipped in front by Yale in to the back of the net for his hat trick.  Off the ensuing faceoff, Manuck and E. Miller completed their playmakers with a pass to Pettengill who flew in to the zone and roofed it past the goaltender for the final nail in the coffin of a 7-5 victory. 

Despite some flaws, the young Bullet team looked promising and showed they can put some numbers on the board.  Cleary did well in his DII debut stopping 19 shots.  Gettysburg had little time to rest as they had to travel to Bethlehem, PA to take on another conference opponent, Lafayette.  Gettysburg would like to thank all the family and fans who came to the home opener and would like to apologize for not being able to webcast the game.