The Big Green hit the road for the third Saturday in a row, this time to take on a much improved Andover squad. The first period was an up and down affair, and very few whistles created a fast-paced environment. Deerfield’s new line combinations worked well together, especially on the forecheck, pinning the home team in its zone for stretches of time. Neither team could score however, and in between periods the Big Green vowed to pick up their intensity. Unfortunately, we took three consecutive penalties early in the second frame, which hindered our momentum, but our penalty killers stepped up and did a nice job. Meghan Halloran ’17 and Elliot Gilbert ’16 (who had a fantastic game) both did well in this new role, and Emily Yue ’16 came up with a few key saves. Deerfield was able to get on the board first, as Halloran found a streaking Kayla O’Connor ’14 breaking in alone, and she calmly slid the puck through the Andover goalie’s legs. However, Andover tied the score later in the period, and so it all came down to the final period. Andover took their first lead of the game off of a bad-angle shot, but the Big Green simply dug deeper and began to fly all over the ice. We finally earned a power play of our own, and Maryanne Iodice ’14 slid the puck down low to O’Connor, who fed a wide open Katherine Jackson ’15 in front of the net. After racking up countless assists this season, Jackson finally buried one of her own to tie the score. Though we had the better of the play for much of the third period and overtime, including some nice rushes by Madi Lyford ’15, we could not find the winning goal, and had to settle for a 2-2 tie. Still, this team should be proud of the way they competed all game long. We look forward to getting back into the winning column on a rare Monday afternoon game against Kingswood-Oxford. Many thanks to the Wenners and Goguen family for the snacks for the bus ride home!
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