Tilton tops Berwick in tournament-opening game

J. Jarnot
Rafe Gaughan turns in a strong performance but Bulldogs fail to generate much offense

NORTH ANDOVER, MA –In the opening game of the 2017 Brooks-Pingree tournament, the Bulldogs played solid team defense but did not produce much on the offensive side. A week after making 48 saves against Tilton, senior Rafe Gaughan (Somersworth, NH) kept the Rams at bay again for the entire first period. A poorly timed penalty kill pinch at the blue line by two Berwick forwards resulted in a two-on-one and a 1-0 lead for Tilton when Gerard Marretta slotted one by Gaughan.
Ryan Moran scored what would go on to be the game winner just four minutes into the third. The Bulldogs came to life late with the newly formed Sidford-DeGregorio-Aubin line doing some dirty work. Spencer Aubin (Dover, NH) earned the puck on the forecheck then moved it to Jackson Sidford (Newburyport, MA) who found Eric DeGregorio sliding (Dover, NH) into the slot. DeGregorio rifled a one-timer past the Tilton goalie. In the shortened 45-minute game, the Bulldogs put fourteen shots on the Tilton net, while Gaughan faced 28 of his own. In the end, Tilton potted an empty netter and moved one step closer to the finals. Berwick plays two tomorrow with matchups against host Brooks and Millbrook.
Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.