► Many thanks to David Shore and Richard Drake for representing Gettysburg College at the DVCHC All Star game.
► Special congratulations to LANCE TENNENBAUM for winning the DVCHC Patriot Division Outstanding Goaltender Award.
After a long winter break, the game on January 26 found Gettysburg on the road to play Susquehanna University in Sunbury, PA. The Bullets were already at a disadvantage since only eight skaters and one new goalie made the trip. New goalie, but not new to the team, was one Ryan Sparks. With first semester goalie, Lance Tennenbaum studying abroad in Spain, Ryan Sparks stepped forward and volunteered to play goalie with no previous experience. Additionally, the Bullets were facing a Division II school in this game.
The first period opened with a goal by Susquehanna eight minutes in, followed by a Gettysburg goal from Reed Berestecky, assisted by Matt Kalamar and senior Nick Ronan. Interestingly enough, Reed had just returned from studying abroad in Spain, himself. With the score knotted at 1, with just a minute to go in the first period, Susquehanna got a power play goal. This, however, would be the last lead of the day for Susquehanna.
The second period was all Bullets, with goals from assistant captain James Miller, unassisted; then by Nick Ronan with assists to Miller and Kalamar; and then for his first of the year, a goal from freshman Dylan Hassett, assisted by Miller and Kalamar. Susquehanna was kept off the scoreboard in the second period by Rookie goalie Ryan Sparks.
Going to the third period with the score 4-2 G'burg, Susquehanna made things interesting by scoring at the twelve minute mark. A few minutes later, with a scramble in front of the Gettysburg goal, Susquehanna thought they had scored the tying goal, only to be disallowed when the referees had blown the play dead. This was a big break for the Bullets. With the score 4-3 G'burg, #28 James Miller would get the fifth and deciding Gettysburg goal of the day, unassisted. To complicate things, at the 4:45 mark, Susquehanna would score to get the game closer, at 5-4. They called timeout with 27 seconds to go and pulled their goalie, but the Bullets, with Ryan Sparks in goal, stood tall to fend off the last challenges Susquehanna had to offer. Final score: Bullets 5, Susquehanna 4. It was a very happy ride back to campus. Congratulations, Sparky, on your first gig between the pipes!
The day after a demoralizing loss to Catholic University found the Bullets with a different group of nine skaters to face off against York College on Sunday, December 2. The start of the game did not bode well as less than one minute into the game York College scored to go up 1-0. However, this would be quickly answered by a Bullets power play goal from #20 Tyler Ferraro, assisted by Ryan Murphy. G'burg would then score three in a row, the first by Noah Saffan, assisted by Jon Rossetti; the next one by Noah Saffan, assisted by Richard Drake and Jon Rossetti; and the next goal from Tyler Ferraro, assisted by Matt Kalamar. At the seven minute mark, York College would get one goal back, but this was short lived by two more Gettysburg goals. The first was from Tyler Ferraro with an assist to Matt Kalamar, and then with just four seconds left in the first period, Matt Kalamar scored unassisted. This made the score 6-2 Gettysburg, heading toward the second period.
The second period would only consist of two goals total, and they both came from the stick of Tyler Ferraro with assists to Kalamar, Drake and Robbie Wilkinson. At the end of two the score was 8-2 G'burg. The final period opened with a goal by Noah Saffan, assisted by Rossetti and Ferraro, followed by two goals from York College. And then, to top off a six goal performance by Tyler Ferraro, he was assisted by Brodie Edgerton and Matt Kalamar. Junior Tyler Ferraro finished the day with six goals and one assist, for a total of seven points. As a side note, there were a total of 18 penalties in the game, with 11 of them going to York College. Additionally, goalie Lance Tennenbaum turned in a 56 save performance for the Bullets. Final score: Gettysburg 10, York 4.
On Saturday, December 1, the Cardinals flew in to Skate Frederick for a rematch. The first period turned out to be fairly evenly matched. Two and a half minutes in, Catholic opened the scoring to lead 1-0; then with five minutes to go in the first period, assistant captain James Miller tallied an unassisted goal to knot the score. With 25 seconds left, Catholic got a disheartening goal to lead 2-1 after 1.
The second period proved to be a wide open affair with a total of seven goals being scored. The first four goals of the period were scored by Catholic, which brought us to the midway point in the period. Then with seven minutes to go, Gettysburg answered with three goals of their own: the first from David Shore, assisted by Matt Kalamar; the second by Matt Kalamar, assisted by Noah Saffan; and the third by Noah Saffan, assisted by Matt Kalamar. The score at the end of two periods was 6-4 Catholic.
The third period started on a bad note for the Bullets as five minutes in Catholic scored, and five minutes later they scored again on power plays. The only Gettysburg tally would come with two and a half minutes to go in the game, by freshman defenseman Matt Kalamar, unassisted. One minute later, Catholic would add insult to injury with the final goal of the game, closing out the score Catholic 9, Gettysburg 5. This was only the second loss of the season for the Blue and Orange, both to Catholic. It was a valiant effort by the nine skaters and one goalie who dressed for Gettysburg this day.
Now back on a winning roll, on Sunday 11/11, G'burg faced Ship at home, which is always a spirited game. Things started off slowly, with Ship opening the scoring six minutes in, to the surprise of the Bullets squad. Still trying to get their bearings, super-soph Noah Saffan tallied with 45 seconds to go in the first period to knot the score at 1.
The second period saw Tyler Ferraro, assisted by Nick Ronan and Robbie Wilkinson, put G'burg ahead. A minute later, freshman Matt Kalamar got his sixth of the season, with assist to Noah Saffan. The second period ended with G'burg up 3-2. The third period was all Bullets, starting with Noah Saffan's second of the day, assist to Robbie Wilkinson, then Tyler Ferraro's second of the day, assist to Ryan Murphy. The scoring closed out with a hat trick goal from Noah Saffan, assisted by junior David Shore. There were only three penalties in the game, with top goal tending by Lance Tennenbaum to the tune of 38 saves on the day. The Bullets have two big games coming up the first weekend of December, home games with Catholic and York.
On Sunday afternoon (10/28), the Bullets traveled north on their longest jaunt of the season to play East Stroudsburg University in the Pocono Mountains. This time, they went with three more, for a total of ten on the roster. However, they faced an even shorter squad of seven skaters and a goalie for ESU. It was a feeling out process the first half of period one, with no scoring until David Shore tallied two quick goals midway through the first period. Not to be outdone, his teammate Tyler Ferraro got two quick ones, himself, just two minutes later. Right after that, the team's new leading scorer, sophomore Noah Saffan, made the score 5-0 G'burg. There was one more goal in the first, by senior Nick Ronan. At the end of period there were four assists to Matt Kalamar, three by Noah Saffan and one by Nick Ronan.
It was more of the same in period #2, with goals from Kalamar, two by Ferraro, and two by sophomore Ryan Murphy. ESU did manage one goal in the second. The period ended 11-1 Bullets. There would be one more G'burg goal in the third period, Matt Kalamar's second of the day with assist by David Shore. Final score 12-1 Bullets. Nick Ronan's parents provided a wonderful post-game spread for the victorious Bullets. The team just happened to win, in honor of Nick's birthday.
On Friday night, 10/26, our trip began with a lousy raining night and a 9:45 p.m. start in DC against Catholic University. We knew we were up against it when we showed up with 6 skaters and our goalie. However, the boys put up a good fight from the start. The first period did not end too badly, even though the opposition marched out to a 4-0 lead. We were able to close the gap with two goals, making it 4-2 at the end of period 1.
The second period opened with a fairly quick goal by freshman defenseman Robbie Wilkinson, to make the score 4-3. And the only other goal in the period was by Catholic University, putting them up 5-3 at the end of two periods. Even though the spirit was willing, it was inevitable in the third period that the Bullets would be a very tired bunch, and i t reflected on the scoreboard as Catholic scored four in a row to make it 9-3. Then G'burg got their last goal by freshman defenseman Matt Kalamar, his second of the night. Final score was 9-4 in favor of Catholic University. Going into this game, this had been a battle of undefeateds, but Gettysburg showed up to a gunfight with a knife.
Many thanks to our Magnificent Seven: Lance Tennenbaum, Richard Drake, Matt Kalamar, Robbie Wilkinson, Ryan Sparks, Noah Saffan and the captain, Colin Hetherington. One thing for sure, the return match at the Bullets' home in Frederick should be and needs to be a different story.
After a huge come-from-behind win the night before, Bullets hockey team went on the road to Hershey to face Shippensburg University on Sunday, October 14. A lean squad of eleven dominated the scoring. Penalties were not a factor, even though Gettysburg received five of the six total penalties on the day. Now for the important stuff.
The first period was all Gettysburg, with two goals from junior David Shore and a third goal by James Miller, with two assists by Noah Saffan and two assists from freshman Matt Kalamar. The second period opened with a Shippensburg goal, quickly answered back by a Bullets goal from Tyler Ferraro who had two in this period. Additionally, David Shore's third goal and two assists by defenseman Matt Kalamar kept the score at 6-2.
The final period saw an unassisted goal by sophomore Ryan Sparks. Shippensburg then got their final tally of the day, but was once again quickly answered by #28 James Miller who got his second of the day. Gettysburg would add their final goal from #13 senior Nick Ronan, assisted by Ryan Murphy. This made the final score Gettysburg 9, Shippensburg 3, and the Bullets are now 5 and 0.
American Division team East Stroudsburg came to Frederick on Saturday, October 13, to face the Bullets. This was a hard fought game on both sides represented by 21 total penalties in the game, evenly divided by ESU's 11 penalties to G'burg's 10. The real story of the game would be decided on the scoreboard. The first period found ESU jumping out to a 3-0 lead, but late in the first period assistant captain James Miller got the Bullets on the board with a minute left to go.
The second period opened with an unassisted goal by #10 David Shore. This tightened the game to 3-2. However, the momentum swung back the other way as ESU got a backbreaker goal with a minute left in the second period, making the score 4-2.
A confident Bullets squad earned a goal from David Shore to narrow the gap to 4-3. Now things got interesting as it was apparent that G'burg was wearing down the ESU team. David Shore got his third of the day to tie the score with three minutes left in the game. Looking very much like we were headed to overtime, newcomer Bradley Henrich, in his first game as a Bullet, stepped up to get the exciting game-winning goal with 2:22 left on the clock. This resulted in the Bullets going 4-0 in the season.
Bullets junior goaltender Lance Tennenbaum posted a shutout against Salisbury II, with only 8 Bullets skaters doing the heavy lifting on Saturday afternoon (9/29/18). The story for the Great Eight was all offensive. First period started with goals from assistant captain Richard Drake and senior Brodie Edgerton, set up by assists on each by Noah Saffan. Then, to close out the period, Noah Saffan got into the goal column, assisted by #16 Edgerton.
The second period brought more of the same, except this time it consisted of two goals and an assist by junior center Tyler Ferraro, with assists to Brodie Edgerton. Then, sophomore Ryan Murphy fired in two goals himself in fairly rapid succession. Not to be outdone, senior captain Colin Hetherington closed out the period with a goal, making the score 8-0 G'burg.
Finally, the third period consisted of two more goals by Brodie Edgerton, giving him a total of six points for the day. And the scoring mercifully ended with a hat trick goal by Tyler Ferraro. An entire team effort defensively helped to preserve the shutout for Lance Tennenbaum.
Saturday (9/22/18), it was like two old friends meeting up again. It didn't take long for the Bullets to get on the board as not quite two minutes into the game junior David Shore opened the scoring with an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, freshman defenseman Matt Kalamar, in his first game as a Bullet, got the first goal of his college career. A few minutes later, David Shore got his second of the game, assisted by #27 Noah Saffan. This would end the first period, 3-0 for G'burg.
Second period opened just like the first, with David Shore scoring midway through the period, with an assist from his centerman, James Miller. Forty seconds later, David Shore tallied again, assisted by freshman defenseman Robbie Wilkinson, his first point as a college player. A minute and a half later, after York got on the board with a goal, G'burg answered with a goal by Ryan Murphy, assisted by freshman Dylan Hassett (his first collegiate assist) and Tyler Ferraro. One minute later, Colin Hetherington joined the scoring parade, assisted by senior defenseman Jacob Smalley, along with Ryan Murphy. York then got their second of the day to make the score 7-2, only to find the Bullets answer back two minutes later with a wrist shot from the point by defenseman Richard Drake, that found an upper corner of the net. This ended the second period 8-2 Gettysburg.
York opened the third period by surprising the Bullets, just a half minute into the period. It was answered back a minute later with a goal from sophomore Noah Saffan, assisted by Tyler Ferraro. Then just 30 seconds later, Tyler Ferraro would cash in, assisted by Richard Drake. Three minutes later, Colin Hetherington would get his second of the day, assisted by #4, Robbie Wilkinson. York then got a fourth goal, which was too little too late, as Gettysburg would then finish out the scoring with three goals in the last three minutes of play, by Nick Ronan, Tyler Ferraro (his second), and finally David Shore's fifth of the day. A nice performance in net turned in by Gettysburg's backstop, Lance Tennenbaum.
Both teams were a little rusty, as expected, in their first game of the year. However, the shooters were out in force as Gettysburg outshot Salisbury 56-34, with fine performances turned in by goalies on both sides. But I would be remiss in not mentioning Bullets goalie, Lance Tennenbaum, who held the team in at important points of the contest. Offensively, after falling behind 1-0, G'burg senior Nick Ronan scored an unassisted goal to knot the game at 1. With four minutes to go in the first, sophomore Noah Saffan, with assists from the captain Colin Hetherington and the assistant captain Richard Drake, put the Bullets ahead to stay. Three minutes later, junior and assistant captain James Miller, with help from Colin Hetherington and junior Tyler Ferraro, made it 3-1. Moving on, with seven minutes to go in the second, Tyler Ferraro struck again, this time set up by #24 Jimmy Barnes and James Miller. This would close out the scoring as Salisbury would get one more at the end of the second period. Both teams would put up zeroes in the third period to make the final score 4-2.