PITTSFIELD -- With time running out in the first quarter Monday afternoon, Pittsfield had given visiting Mount Greylock all it could handle. The rest of the game was another story.
The Mounties broke a tie with 15 unanswered goals to beat the Generals 18-3 at Kirvin Park. Michael McCormack led the Mounties with eight goals and an assist.
McCormack's goal with 1:05 left in the first quarter broke a 3-3 tie.
"We started off pretty slow," he said. "We called a timeout. We got together and said we need to play better, move the ball better, take care of the ball and not have any more turnovers."
McCormack scored early in the second quarter and two late goals by Matt Kelley gave the Mounties a 7-3 halftime lead. PHS goalie Nikolai Pixley made eight saves in the half to keep the Generals in the game.
Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken may not have been pleased by the second-quarter goals, but being down 7-3 at halftime was not too much of a hole to dig out of.
It became a hole too big early in the third quarter, however. Just 1:44 into the period, Greylock's Cole Hughes intercepted a pass by Pixley and fed it to McCormack, who found the back of the net.
Shortly after the goal, Greylock's John Driver was called for a penalty. Pittsfield had a man-up situation for 30 seconds but Greylock goalie Cal Filson came up big with a clutch stop.
Greylock regained the momentum with 7:40 left on a goal by Sean McCormack. It was the first of five goals in two minutes for the Mounties. Suddenly, the Generals were looking at what turned out to be an insurmountable 13-3 advantage.
"I thought in the first half we were OK. In the second half, we couldn't clear the ball to save our lives and we could never get to offense," said Aitken. "When we'd get the ball to offense, we were OK. In the second half, we never got there. That killed us."
The Generals had six of their 10 shots on goal in the first half, forcing Filson to make three saves in the opening 24 minutes. The Mounties had 30 shots on goal and Pixley had 12 saves.
Sean McCormack and Liam Chenail each had two goals for the Mounties. Alex Teichert led PHS with two goals.
"We didn't feel like we played our greatest," said Greylock coach Brandon Asplundh. "At the same time, Pittsfield is a much improved team.
"I think these guys took a deep breath [at halftime], got their composure and started taking care of the ball a little better and making better decisions."
Mount Greylock 4 3 7 4 -- 18
Pittsfield 3 0 0 0 -- 3
Greylock goals: Michael McCormack 8, Matt Malloy 4, Sean McCormack 2, Liam Chenail 2, Cole Jackson 1, Cole Hughes 1. Greylock assists: Hughes 4, Jackson 2, Malloy 1, M. McCormack 1. Pittsfield goals: Alex Teicher t2, Ryan Jacoby 1. Pittsfield assists: Cam Giardina 1, Jacoby 1.
Goalies -- Greylock: Cal Filson 5 saves; Pat Storie 2 saves. Pittsfield: Nikolai Pixley 12.
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