Strong third period dooms Mount Everett hockey in loss to Newtown
"We are still trying to find our rhythm but this is a step towards it," Mount Everett coach Aidan Gilligan said. "I thought the guys fought hard. I think we played good defense through the first two periods. Cooper [Shepardson] and Brendan [Hayden] had a good game together and I look forward to seeing what they can build."
Dylan Boomsma tied the score at one early in the second period on an assist from Shepardson. Boomsma has scored in both of Everett's games to start the season.
"Dylan obviously has a nose for the net," Gilligan said. "I'd like to see him continue that and get a couple more. We are going to see if we can get some of our newer guys like Josh Hunter and Kyle Benzie find the back of the net too."
With 16 seconds left in the period, Nighthawk captain David Brestovansky scored his first of two goals in the game to give Newtown the 2-1 halftime lead.
"At the end of the second we had tired legs," Gilligan said. "That led to the goal. We want to match [their] intensity and have more aggression out there. It is always a killer to [allow a goal] at the end of a period."
Since Mount Everett only has three seniors on the roster, Gilligan is focused on figuring out what lineup combinations can be successful early in the season. The Eagles have only allowed a combined five goals in the first two periods, however, teams have scored ten goals in the third period against Mount Everett through two games.
"We came out flat in the third period," Gilligan said. "Newtown came out and did a good job in the third period while we came out and were just gliding."
The Eagles will look to another shot at the season's first win on Wednesday as they host South Hadley. Puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.
Newtown 1 1 6 — 8
Mount Everett 0 1 0 —1
NT — Markis (Brestovansky), 12:24.
ME — Boomsma (Shepardson), 11:49.
NT — Brestovansky (Paltauf and Grey), 17.8.
NT — Markis, 14:28.
NT — Paluf (Radatovich and Markis), 12:17.
NT — Brestovansky (Paluf), 10:42.
NT— Markis, 4:34.
NT— Paluf (Markis), 1:03
NT — Grey (Larkin), 26.4
Saves— NE: Kliczewski 14. ME: Duval 25.
Jake Mendel can be reached at Jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @Jmendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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