Congratulations to Gettysburg's DVCHC Award Winners for the 2019-2020 season:
Matt Kalamar - MVP and Offensive Player of the Year
Lance Tennenbaum - Goalie of the Year
In a grueling contest, Bullets finish second to York in the DVCHC Patriot Division Championship game.
Story to follow......
Saturday, February 8 at York Ice Arena was the scene for the battle for first place. However, the odds were not in Gettysburg's favor, with only eight skaters to face a loaded York lineup. It was nice to see some alumni on the way in, who had just played their annual Alumni Game.
The game started off well for the Bullets, as midway through the first period Bullets' and league leading scorer Matt Kalamar got the team out to a 1-0 lead with an assist to Ryan Murphy. This is also how the first period ended.
The second period also got off to a good start as 32 seconds into the period #11 Matt Kalamar scored unassisted. Then the problems began. Four minutes later, York picked up two quick goals to tie the score. Ten minutes passed, and York went up 3-2, then added another with three minutes to go in the second period. Both teams went into the locker room with York leading 4-2.
The fireworks began as the third period got underway. G'burg fired back with two quick goals from [who else] Matt Kalamar and senior David Shore. But the tie score didn't last for long, as three York goals in a row within a four minute span, stretched them out to a 7-4 lead. The Bullets were not yet done, as David Shore got his second goal of the day to narrow the gap, only to lose that advantage on a quick goal from York soon after. Gettysburg was still not done; with 1:41 on the clock, defenseman Robbie Wilkinson scored unassisted. The final score read York 8, Gettysburg 6. It was a valiant effort for the eight skaters and goalie Lance Tennenbaum, who ended up facing 70 York shots.
This sets up the playoff scenario. On Friday night, February 21, Bullets will meet Salisbury in the Patriot Division semi-finals, hopefully rolling into the championship game the following night versus York.
Saturday, February 1 was Senior Night for Gettysburg. It also marked the next to last game of the regular season as UMBC skated into Frederick to face G'burg. Things got off to a rousing start as now-Captain Matt Kalamar opened the scoring in the game with his 50th goal of the year. It is noteworthy that it only took him 12 games to reach this milestone. UMBC, however, proved to be stiff competition, as they surprised the Bullets by scoring the next two goals in the game. But, like it usually happens, the Captain came to the rescue and scored an unassisted goal to tie up the match. As the period neared its ending, he added a third for a hat trick, along with two goals from assistant captain Tyler Ferraro. The first period ended with the Bullets ahead 5-3.
As the second period opened, #11 Matt Kalamar started the scoring, shortly followed by another goal from senior David Shore. Although UMBC tallied another of their own, G'burg answered with two more by Matt and Tyler, ending the second period at 9-5 Bullets.
The two teams decided to waive the resurfacing of the ice and got right back to it for the third period. However, it wasn't until the 12:50 mark that another goal was scored, and it was freshman Doug Harsha with the first of his college career. Later, at the 7:05 mark, junior Jon Rossetti got his first for the year. Gettysburg finished the scoring with goals by Tyler Ferraro and Matt Kalamar, to make the final 13-7. Of note, goaltender Lance Tennenbaum made 83 saves for the winning team.
Bullets will finish the regular season next Saturday at York.
Gettysburg "D" doing their thing
Coming back from an extended holiday break, on Saturday January 25, the Bullets found themselves in a dog fight with Division II foe Susquehanna University. At first glance, you would have thought the Bullets came out a little flat. They scored the first two goals of the game thanks to Matt Kalamar and Richard Drake, only to see the lead evaporate from the three Susquehanna goals that followed. Gettysburg was down 3-2 at the end of period 1.
Being a notoriously slow starting team, things picked up in the second period. After going down four goals to two, Tyler Ferraro, returning this semester from injury, scored his first of the year. The result was a 1 to 1 period tie after the second period with Susquehanna leading 4-3.
The Bullets had their work cut out for them going to the third and final period. The defense tightened up and goalie Lance Tennenbaum turned away all 16 third period shots that SU could muster. League leading scorer Matt Kalamar tallied two more goals, which was just enough for G'burg to edge Susquehanna 5-4. Game assists went to Noah Saffan, Jon Rossetti, Reed Berestecky, Tyler Ferraro and of course Matt Kalamar. It was a rough affair, as Susquehanna piled up 12 of the game's 15 penalties, only to have this backfire on them. Of special note, this brings Matt Kalamar's season total to 49 goals.
Gettysburg takes on UMBC next Saturday, in their next to last season game of the year.
After a tiring day of practice and open skate at Sunbury City Ice Rink, John J Merchlinsky IV waited patiently for the Bullets' rematch with Susquehanna. He is pictured with the Gettysburg College ice hockey team (left of the goalies). A year ago, John captured their hearts and befriended substitute goalie Ryan Sparks, who is studying abroad this semester.
John is in his second year of skating and playing hockey. He is goalie for the Susquehanna Valley Stampede, the WBS Pens in-house team, and is even helping teach a learn-to-skate program to younger children, despite battling two rare diseases. Read more about John on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: JMerchlinsky70.
Saturday's Gettysburg-Johns Hopkins game on 11/16 started off with eight versus eight. It progressed to a total of 30 goals, when the clock expired. In between, the number 13 was the exact amount of goals scored by the Bullet's Super-Soph and league's leading scorer Matt Kalamar. It was a real dog fight, back and forth all night long, with neither side able to hold or build on a lead. It was also a high spirited contest which saw JH penalized ten times. At one point in the second period, Gettysburg capitalized on this by scoring three consecutive power play goals in the span of 2 1/2 minutes. Additionally, in the third period, the Bullets scored two more power play goals, which proved very costly to JH. Gettysburg also tallied two second period goals from senior James Miller, along with a third period goal from Noah Saffan. These combined with the lucky thirteen of Matt Kalamar were enough for Gettysburg to top Hopkins. This was the final game of the first semester, and it felt good to end it on a winning note.
A special note: Our best wishes and appreciation to graduating senior and assistant captain Colin Hetherington, for having played in his final game as a Bullet. Colin has been a huge part of the team, having been a captain and president for most of his 4 1/2 years at Gettysburg. BEST OF LUCK, COLIN!!
Saturday night, November 9, proved to be very frustrating for the Bullets of Gettysburg as they faced off against Pitt Greensburg. The first period ended deadlocked at 2-2, with Bullet goals by Matt Kalamar and James Miller. The second period was a totally different story, as Pitt put five on the board, compared to zero for Gettysburg. To make matters worse, during the first minute of the third period Pitt added an eighth goal. Facing an uphill battle Gettysburg put up a valiant fight, scoring the next four in a row, three of them by Matt Kalamar, and one by James Miller, only to see Pitt get their ninth goal at the six minute mark. Gettysburg managed one more, by David Shore, assisted by Colin Hetherington who played in his final home game prior to graduation. A very disappointing loss for Gettysburg (7-9). Next week they will meet division rival Johns Hopkins.
On Saturday, November 2, Salisbury University faced off with the Bullets for a divisional rematch. After previously losing 5-4 at Salisbury, Gettysburg was ready to win at home. The first ten minutes of the game were uneventful until Salisbury surprised the Bullets with a goal halfway through the period. Approaching the end of the first, Gettysburg hit the board with an unassisted goal from the league's leading scorer, Matt Kalamar. With the score 1-1 at the 1:29 mark, senior David Shore added a power play goal, assisted by Colin Hetherington, to close the period at 2-1 for the Bullets.
The second period proved to be all Gettysburg. The first goal came off the stick of junior Noah Saffan, assisted by David Shore. Then David Shore tallied his second of the night with an assist from Matt Kalamar. Finally, on a power play, Gettysburg's Robbie Wilkinson made the score 5-1, assisted by Colin Hetherington. This proved to be all the scoring Gettysburg would need, despite Salisbury squeezing out one more goal near the end of the third period. Final score 5-2 Bullets.
A footnote to the game is that Salisbury did beat Gettysburg in the penalty department 13-3! Another fine performance by Bullets net-minder, Lance Tennenbaum, who for once did have too busy a night. This game makes the Bullets 6 and 2 on the season. Looking ahead to meeting Pitt Greensburg on November 9.
Goalie Lance Tennenbaum and Nathan Honey gaze at the possessed scoreboard....
The ghosts of Gettysburg hitched a ride with the Bullets to Frederick on Saturday evening, October 26. Little did they know the spirits had an early Halloween trick for them after the second period.......
This Halloween tale unfolded as the first period was owned by opponents Widener University, jumping out to a 3-0 score. But the Bullets caught their breath and tallied the first three goals of the second period to knot the score. Scoring was provided first by Matt Kalamar, assisted by Colin Hetherington and his defense partner Nathan Honey. The next two were from the stick of David Shore, just 30 seconds apart, with assists to Colin Hetherington, Matt Kalamar and Joe DeLuca. Widener answered with two of their own to make the score 5-3, only to have Matt Kalamar trim the lead to 5-4 with assists to Joe DeLuca and David Shore. Widener scored again, with three minutes left in the second period. This would technically have closed the scoring at 6-4 at the end of the second period. Until the ghosts intervened......
The Bullets returned to the ice to find a scoreboard that had eerily transformed during the break to 7-4. Was it the Zamboni? Ghosts? Perhaps it was a bunch of illiterate goblins, because the written score sheet remained unchanged. Upon further investigation, a glitch in the scoreboard controls appears to have caused the error. Unfortunately, it gave the referee enough pause to check with the opposing coaches, but strangely not the home coach. Widener gladly accepted the phantom goal and the 7-4 score prevailed at the beginning of the third period. The actual time of this goal and the assists, however, will remain a secret.
Even with Gettysburg down by an unexpected additional goal, they opened the scoring at the one minute mark by freshman Joe DeLuca with assists to Matt Kalamar and David Shore. One minute later, Widener also did, making the score 8-5. With plenty of time remaining in the game, Gettysburg cranked it up with senior Reed Berestecky lighting the board, assisted by Matt Kalamar and Joe DeLuca. This momentum carried over to Matt Kalamar, as two minutes later he got the Bullets even closer on a goal assisted by Joe DeLuca and David Shore. And the league's leading scorer still wasn't done. With six minutes left in regulation time, he tied the score on a goal set up by line mate David Shore and senior Nathan Honey. The tie would remain until the end of regulation time as this small squad of ten Bullets was faced with overtime.
Just one minute into OT, Matt Kalamar exorcised the conniving spirits, capably assisted by Reed Berestecky. Final score: Gettysburg 9, Widener 8, Spirits 0. A special congrats goes out to Lance Tennenbaum, the magical Bullets goalie who mastered 92 saves in the game!! No boos here!
Next week is Family Weekend, as the Bullets face Salisbury on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, October 20, the Bullets traveled to Harrington, Delaware to face Salisbury University. After an exciting short-handed win the night before against York, Gettysburg lined up against Salisbury with even fewer players. The first period was exhausting for the eight skaters in play, but finished in a 2-2 tie. Gettysburg scoring opened with a goal by Matt Kalamar and assists to Noah Saffan and Ryan Sparks. Shortly after, a Bullets goal was produced by the captain, Richard Drake, assisted by Robbie Wilkinson.
The second period consisted of two goals for each team, with both Gettysburg goals going to #11, Matt Kalamar. Heading into the third period, Salisbury scored to go on top 5-4. Five minutes later an unassisted goal by Matt Kalamar knotted the score at 5. With high hopes, the Bullets could not manage a go-ahead goal and with three minutes left, Salisbury scored the eventual game winner.
Another fine performance turned in by goalie Lance Tennenbaum, facing 46 Salisbury shots. The Bullets now look ahead to next Saturday's game at home, with Widener University.
Saturday night, October 19, saw division rival, York College roll in to Skate Frederick. When the two teams took to the ice, it was obvious that Gettysburg was at a distinct disadvantage: the Bullets were outmanned 2-1. But we would see as the game progressed, it would be a very tight affair.
The first period was dismal, with York scoring at the midway mark, then adding another with two minutes left, to take the period 2-0. Things only got worse for the Bullets, an already extremely tired bunch, as they lost freshman Alex Russo to a shoulder injury and would not return to action.
The second period showed promise as the only goal came from sophomore sensation Matt Kalamar, tightening the score to 2-1 heading to the third period. Five minutes into the third, York scored a short-handed goal, which somewhat deflated the Bullets comeback. But not to be deterred, Matt Kalamar scored halfway through the period to make it 3-2 York. This was short lived as four minutes later York scored again, jumping 2 ahead. As the York bench was feeling pretty good about themselves, guess who - MATT KALAMAR - scored twice in a two minute span, to knot the score at 4 apiece. This forced the game into overtime, during which there was no scoring; the only way to determine an outcome was with shootout. Of the six total shooters involved, yes that's right, only Matt Kalamar scored, to end the game with five goals and defeating York 5-4. Along the way, there were huge saves made by Bullets goalie Lance Tennenbaum, who tallied 64 of them.
Gettysburg, an exhausted bunch, are faced with a game at Salisbury Sunday afternoon.
Reeling from a loss the night before, Gettysburg got right back to business Sunday afternoon (10/6) against divisional rival Johns Hopkins. Bullets opened the scoring with a goal from senior assistant captain Colin Hetherington, and an assist to Noah Saffan, two minutes into the game. The two teams exchanged goals with Robbie Wilkinson scoring the next Gettysburg goal, followed by two in a row by assistant captain Matt Kalamar. The first period closed, tied, at 4-4.
The second period proved to be wake up time for Gettysburg, as they would score six more goals from senior David Shore, followed by Matt Kalamar and Robbie Wilkinson, then three in a row by Matt Kalamar later in the period. Not to be outdone, freshman Joe DeLuca got his first college goal, unassisted, with seven seconds remaining in the second period. This closed it with Gettysburg in front 11-5.
After Johns Hopkins was stung in the second period, the third turned out to be rather quiet, with a single goal from Matt Kalamar, who tallied a total of seven goals for the day. The final score was Gettysburg 12, Johns Hopkins 6. For the second consecutive day, we saw another fine performance in goal by senior Lance Tennenbaurm, facing 65 shots.
Saturday, October 5th saw a "battle of the unbeatens" as Neumann University came to Twin Ponds to meet the Bullets. It was a close back-and-forth game that opened with Neumann jumping on the board twice in the first six minutes of the game. Two minutes later, Gettysburg answered with a goal by #11, Matt Kalamar and an assist to defenseman Robbie Wilkinson. However, thirty seconds later, Neumann countered with their third goal to make the score 3-1. But the Bullets weren't done in the first, as with just over a minute on the clock, Matt Kalamar got his second of the game, to close out the first period 3-2 Neumann.
The second period saw no scoring until the six minute mark when Neumann got their fourth of the game. Five minutes later, they went up 5-2 and with 14 seconds left in the second period, Robbie Wilkinson scored unassisted. The period ended 5-3 Neumann.
The undermanned group of Bullets came out playing hard in the third period. Seven minutes in, Robbie Wilkinson once again scored, assisted by Matt Kalamar. This 5-4 score would hold up the rest of the way, even with Gettysburg pulling Lance Tennenbaum in favor of an extra skater. However, as the Bullets applied maximum pressure, they could not score the tying goal. Goalie Lance Tennenbaum in the loss played very well, facing 78 shots.
So, Saturday September 28, saw a tough league opponent, Susquehanna University, come to town. The Bullets realized they were in for a tough time with only nine skaters participating. However, they had one thing that Susquehanna did not have, and that was Lance Tennenbaum in goal. The first period found both teams feeling each other out and the initial goal of the game did not come until almost halfway through the period. The Bullets' powerful first line got on the board with David Shore finding the back of the net, set up by James Miller and Matt Kalamar. Only a minute later, all heck broke loose on a scramble in front of the Susquehanna goal. When penalties were handed out, it resulted in an SU player ejection for 3rd man in. The rest of the period saw an exchange of goals between the two teams, and at the end of the first the scoreboard read 2-2. This is the way the game would continue, back and forth to the end.
The second period started off in Gettysburg's favor, this time with the first line changing roles: James Miller cashed in, assisted by Matt Kalamar and David Shore. Susquehanna countered, knotting the score at 3-3 until, with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the period, Reed Berestecky put the Bullets ahead on a power play goal with an assist to freshman Alex Russo. This was Alex's second assist of the evening tallying his first College points. With eight seconds to go in the 2nd period, the Bullets finally went up by two goals, thanks to David Shore's second goal of the evening, with assists to Matt Kalamar and captain Richard Drake. However, that would be short lived as with one second left on the clock, SU scored, much to the surprise of everyone in the rink. This made the score 5-4 heading into the final period.
The third period had no scoring until midway through, when SU scored first, and tied the score at 5-5. Just three minutes later, the Bullets' power play struck again with Reed Berestecky getting his second of the evening, assisted by Matt Kalamar and James Miller. Susquehanna would not give up, as they knotted the score at 6-6. With overtime looming as a distinct possibility, Gettysburg assistant captain Matt Kalamar took control on a rush toward the Susquehanna net and scored the eventual game winner with 1:40 remaining on the clock. Susquehanna pulled their goalie in an attempt to force overtime, only to be stopped by a tough defense employed by the Mighty Nine. Lance Tennenbaum proved to be a wall as he stopped 54 of 60 SU shots. Bullets are 2 and 0 heading towards a showdown with Neumann University next weekend.
The 9/21/19 opening game for Gettysburg turned out to be a not so easy affair. Our opponent, F&M, proved to be a worthy adversary as it was a back-and-forth game, at least through two periods. There were very few penalties in the game and the shots were nearly even. The difference in the game turned out to be four goals scored by sophomore Assistant Captain Matt Kalamar, who provided the excitement by scoring a natural hat trick in one minute's time at the end of the second period. The offense was additionally supplied by #12, Reed Berestecky, cashing in with a goal and three assists. The last half of the third became a total defensive team effort with a stalwart performance in the pipes from senior goaltender, Lance Tennenbaum. Bullets look ahead to the next game at home against Susquehanna University.
Lance Receives his Award. Welcome Back, Lance!
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The Bullets are pleased to welcome back the following players:
We are also pleased to introduce Sebastian Suppes, our goalie-in-training.