Game of the Week: Boys ice hockey falls to Norwood in fast-paced contest
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by Noa Dalzell
On Saturday, the boys ice hockey team opened up their season against Norwood, coming out with a loss in a 3-1 contest.
The game kicked off at noon, with both teams eager to start the 2014-15 season with a win. The initially stellar and aggressive offense was lead by sophomore Brian Greenstein (one goal), junior Jesse Leung (one assist) and senior Jacob Steinfield (one assist).
Brookline came out flying to start the match, checking hard and aggressively. Just minutes after the puck was dropped, Greenstein scored a goal off of a beautiful feed from Leung and Steinfield.
Defense was stout to start, led by junior goalie Colin Long, who was phenomenal in the first two periods of the season opener.
Head coach Steven Trundle yelled words of encouragement to his athletes, as they held off an athletic Norwood team that early on, struggled to capitalize on their many opportunities, mishandling the puck on key possessions.
In the second period, Brookline maintained their aggression despite the 1-0 lead, and fought off a power play when senior CJ Greenstein was sent to the penalty box. Long, replacing last year’s goalie Jake Paul, continued his early success, with big save after save when Brookline’s defense broke down.
However, midway through the second period, the tides began to turn. Norwood was the driving force, with most of the action taking place on Brookline’s half of the ice. Norwood began to completely control the tempo of the game and had an unparalleled amount of shots on goal compared to Brookline.
Brookline’s defense began to falter, overwhelmed by Norwood’s speed and puck handling. Eventually, Norwood’s senior Jake O’Rourke (one goal, one assist), scored an unassisted goal, tying the game 1-1 with a minute to go in the period.
To start the third, Steinfield had a minute and half penalty, leading to an extended power play for the visitors. Norwood’s senior Armando Piatelli (one goal, one assist) was able to cash in on the opportunity, scoring just thirty seconds into the power play and getting the Mustangs a lead for the first time in the game. Minutes later, with ten minutes left to play, Norwood scored yet again, this time with senior Scott O’Brien capitalizing on Brookline’s scattered defense.
Last season, the team finished 4-16-2, and made the playoffs for the first time in ten years after collecting 10 points in their nine games against Division 2 opponents. Brookline was knocked out of the playoffs after losing 5-1 to Pembroke last February, but many positives were drawn from the season. While they may not have come out with a win on Saturday, Brookline showed that they can compete against a top division one competitor.
Noa Dalzell can be contacted at email@example.com