Bulldogs rally from behind for 5-2 road win
Defense leads the charge; Connor Derby scores twice and Davis chips in with first of season
HEBRON, ME –It only took thirty-six seconds for the Bulldogs to get on the board in this one. Ben Davis (Exeter, NH) took a feed from Zander Lizotte (Scarborough, ME) and labeled one right under the crossbar from the blue line. Shortly after, a Hebron hitting-from-behind penalty put the Bulldogs on a five-minute powerplay with the chance to extend the lead. Hebron put together a solid kill and three minutes into it Berwick took a penalty of their own. From that point on, the period was all Hebron, as they outshot the visitors 12-8 and tied the game at one.
Hebron scored a powerplay goal from a tough angle just minutes into the second. Berwick weathered the storm with an absolute grinder goal from Spencer Aubin (Dover, NH), the first of his career. Jack Merecki (Stratham, NH) took the puck wide and crashed the net aggressively from a tough angle. The puck squirted right out to Aubin who deposited it past the Hebron goalie to tie it up. Minutes later, a puck caromed off the boards to Connor Derby (Newburyport, MA) at the point. Derby one-timed the puck hard and low for a five-hole goal, giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead after two.
In the third, Ryan Gaulin (Kingston, NH) gave the Bulldogs some insurance from a tight angle, and Derby scored his second of the game on a wrister after a nifty move at the point gave him a wide open lane. After some shuffling of personnel, it is clear that tonight’s combination gives Berwick three strong units instead of its usual two. Despite just a single assist, Greg Stohrer (Dover, NH) was the emotional leader for the Dogs tonight with his relentless forechecking and selfless defensive zone play. The Bulldogs will look for more of the same as they travel to Proctor on Friday afternoon. Friday’s game marks the end of a five game road stint and it’s a must-win if the 17-18 Bulldogs want to sniff the playoffs.