As Gettysburg heads in to the semester break, they boast a 13-3-1-1 (Wins-Losses-Ties-Shootout Losses) record with a 10-0-1 record in conference play putting them atop of the Greater Northeast Collegiate Hockey Conference standings. Much of this success can be attributed to a great blend of players on the team this season. They have a nice balance of seasoned veterans and new freshman. Additionally, the depth of this team is very strong at every position from goaltending to defense, from the forwards to even our practice players.
The season started strong with a win against old MDCHA rival Mount Saint Mary's. The second game was the Bullets first real DII challenge as they took on Holy Cross, MA. The game was tied late but a fluke goal in the final seconds sealed the Bullets first loss. Despite the loss Gettysburg took a lot out of that game and truly recgonized their potential this season. In fact they won their next 11 games including three conference games in dramatic fashion with overtime victories. Sophomore defenseman Matt Kuhl netted two of those overtime winners while junior defenseman Garrett Flasinski netted the other. Defense has actually been one of the stories for the Bullets this season. With the addition of two freshmen, Brad Bourne and Eric Miller, combining with last season's returns (Kuhl, Flasinski, Adam Jacobs and Jon Bloom) the blue line has never looked stronger and much of the Bullets' offense could be attributed to these defensemen.
However, we do not want to take away from the Bullets' offense. Once again led by senior captain Niall Hines, Gettysburg has been putting up some big numbers. Close behind him is sophomore Mike Berestecky who came out of the gate strong with a number of multi-goal games. Not to be out shown, junior Hunter Yale has began to turn it on late in the midseason. Freshman Jack Stanton and linemate senior Dan O'Malley have netted quite a few together continuing to build on Gettysburg's success. The depth that Gettysburg has is evident with four solid lines that all can put the puck in the net.
Finally, Gburg's carrying three backstoppers for the first time in recent history. Return sophomores Jon Lipshutz and Sam Shockley have split most of the time and have been a the third piece of the puzzle that has led to the Bullets' victories. Also sharing some time is freshman Ramiz Chaudhary who has gotten three opportunities and has not disappointed on any occasion including one unexpected start against West Chester.
Despite a tough weekend down in North Carolina the Bullets have been having a great 2012-13 season and are determined to make another appearance in the conference playoffs. Hopefully the second semester will mirror the success of the first and the Bullets can once again bring home the championship.