Coming off exam week, the high-flying hockey Hawks had been expected not to miss a beat and to hit the ice at nearly full stride. Thinking back to last weekend, that didn't exactly happen. The Hawks ventured up to Smithfield one week ago this past Friday night and were upset by the Sentinels in overtime, 3-2; then, the next night, our guys won but in a hotly-contested squeaker over Barrington, 1-0. Obviously, the hope was that the Hawks were merely trying to bang the cobwebs out of their collective helmets and would quickly return to form.
The hope now is that the dominant performance that the Green & Gold put on against Burrillville signals a return to their level of play from the first half of the season.
From nearly the moment that the first puck dropped, the outcome was never in doubt. After one period of play the Hawks were up 5-1 (the lone Broncos' goal a squeaker that just slipped past Matt Keaneally), and the Broncos would not score again. Once our guys went up 6-1 early in the second period the Burrillville goalie was pulled, which did little to slow down the Hawks on their way to a 12-1 onslaught.
From beginning to end, the Hawks played both a clean and aggressive game, committing almost zero penalties and relentlessly attacking the Burrillville net. The goaltending duties were split by Keneally and Christian Maselli, with Maselli only having to turn away five shots during the second half of the game. "Highlight reel" goals were scored by sophomore Brandon Waterman and senior Andrew Fera. One of the goals on the night can be seen here, and to view the majority of the goals, you can simply click on the link to The Network's Instagram page:
The hockey team is in action next this Friday night at Thayer Arena, when the Hawks take on Hamden, Connecticut at 7pm. If you can't make the game, it will be broadcast live, right here on The Network.