Athletics

The OT Curse Is Over!

The New Hampton Huskies have won their last three Lakes Region games and are looking to continue that trend coming into tonight’s Lake Region matchup against Holderness School. The Huskies started the game doing all the little things, getting pucks deep, finishing their hits and getting pucks to the net. Those little things resulted in Lynden Breen and Joe Dunlap setting up Bradley Shaw for the first goal of the game, two and a half minutes in. The rest of the period, New Hampton continued to concentrate on the little things and controlled the period, out shooting Holderness 15-7. The second period was more of the same from the Huskies, they were doing all the right things, out-shot Holderness 16-8, but could seem to solve the riddle of the Holderness goaltender and one defensive zone coverage mistake led to Holderness tying the game at one. With the game knotted at one, both teams came out fast to start the third period, looking for the go-ahead goal. Just over two minutes into the period, from an offensive zone faceoff, Jake Dunlap’s goal, assisted by Pat Roth and Alec Grace, helped the Huskies strike first. New Hampton’s lead did not last long however, three minutes later Holderness evened the score on the power play. Thirty seconds after tying the game, Holderness scored again to take their first lead of the game. After going from being up a goal to down a goal, in the matter of thirty seconds, the Husky coaches took a quick time out to allow the players to calm down and refocus. A minute after the timeout, New Hampton drew a penalty, giving them the chance to even the game on the power play. Up a man, the Huskies worked the puck around nicely. Finally, their nice passing caused the Holderness defense to getting running around, resulting in Joe Dunlap being left all alone in the slot. James Hatzepetros moved the puck to Adam Shuchart, who found Joe Dunlap in the slot. Dunlap one-timed the puck past the Holderness goaltender to tie the game at three. Less than four minutes after tying the game, Joe Dunlap scored again to put New Hampton back in the lead. Bradley Shaw and Lynden Breen has assists on the go-ahead goal. The Huskies lead did not last long, as just over a minute later, Holderness was able to tie the game on a shot that Matt Sayles initially stopped, but then deflected off another Holderness player and went in the net. Neither team was able to score the rest of the period and the game was headed to overtime. The Huskies have not fared well in overtime the past couple years, having a record 0-7-5 in overtime games. Overtime saw back and forth action, with both teams creating offensive chances, but neither scoring. It looked as if New Hampton’s overtime luck was not going to change as the game remained tied and time running out. In the final ten seconds, Steven Ardagna rushed the puck up the ice, not having any offense options, he just threw a shot on net that the Holderness goaltender easily stopped. The whistle blew with seven seconds to go, and the Huskies had one last chance to win the game on the offensive zone faceoff to the right of the Holderness goaltender. Lukas Uhler won the faceoff back to Michael Kesselring, Kesselring fired a shot that deflected off Michael Kane’s stick and past the Holderness goaltender’s pad into the back of the net with two seconds remaining in overtime. Finally, New Hampton had won an overtime game! Matt Sayles had yet another strong performance in net stopping 22 of the 26 shots he faced to help the Huskies win their thirteenth game of the season. New Hampton will play another Lakes Region game tomorrow afternoon, as they take on Brewster Academy.
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