The Boys Varsity hockey team opened the season on Saturday night with a convincing 5-1 victory on the road against a talented Groton squad. The boys came out flying, but were quickly derailed by penalties that gave the home team the momentum for much of the opening ten minutes. Groton got on the scoreboard first, tallying a nifty powerplay goal that beat Deerfield goalie Thomas Gale ’19 midway through the opening stanza. Deerfield responded quickly when senior forward Seth Reinhard ’17 picked off an errant pass and left no doubt as he buried the puck in the back of the net. From that point on, it was all Deerfield, as the visitors tallied four unanswered goals and dominated much of the play during the final two periods. Michael Holland ’19, Harry Gahagan ’17, Sean McAvoy ’19, and Thomas Dale ’17 all lit the lamp for the Big Green while steady defensive play led by Bret Pastor ’18 kept the Zebras off the board for the final forty-five minutes. Gale ’18 finished with 20 saves in the victory. The boys kick off their final season in The Barn on Wednesday when they host Northfield-Mount Hermon at 5pm.