Exeter 4 – Berwick 1

J. Jarnot
Gaughan turns in strong effort to keep the Bulldogs in it

EXETER, NH –This one would have been ugly if not for Rafe Gaughan (Somersworth, NH). Despite seeing half of his 45 shots in the first period alone, the senior net minder turned aside all but two of them. While this Exeter team did not feature any superstars from teams of the past (in fact, not one player is yet committed to college), it may be the hardest working team Coach Barbin has rolled out in recent years.
Berwick needed to bring its A game in order to have a chance, but a defensive breakdown led directly to Exeter’s first goal seven minutes into the game. Five minutes later, Exeter iced the puck and one of their forwards beat the Berwick defense to the puck before tapping it in with a deft backhand touch. In the second period, Berwick gifted Exeter their third goal with sloppy coverage and lazy puck tracking. In the end, some of the Berwick seniors stuck with it to earn the Dogs a goal with less than a minute remaining. There is no doubt that this was a strong Exeter team, but it is also certain that this was one of Berwick’s worst outings of the year.
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.