Game 2 at Rivers School was a closely contested, fast-paced contest in which the Fessy Varsity team played well from the outset, yet still found itself down 1-0 after a Rivers power-play goal midway through the 1st period. For much of the remainder of the 1st Rivers continued to apply pressure and generate offensive opportunities, but stellar goaltending by Finn D., including a highlight reel glove save, kept the score close. In the 2nd period Rivers converted a nifty “no-look” pass for a 2-0 lead. But Fessy answered on the ensuing shift when Alex M. carried the puck into the offensive zone, sent a cross-ice pass to Neil W. who deked around a defender and scored on a quick backhand shot for Fessenden’s first goal. Now 2-1, the play for the remainder of the 2nd period was closely contested, with quality scoring chances at each end met by equally strong goaltending. The 3rd period started in similar “up and down” fashion but at the mid-way part Jack S. rounded the Fessy net, delivered a perfect “stretch pass” to Max L. for a breakaway. A good save on Max’s initial deke move left the puck loose in the slot which Jack, hustling up ice to support the rush, promptly buried in the net, tying the game with 7 minutes left to play. Both teams traded chances in the latter stages of the 3rd period, including a Rivers power-play in the final minute and a Fessy shorthanded chance just before time expired. Final score: 2-2, a well-played game by two well-matched teams.
The Fessenden Varsity Hockey team started the season with a strong start-to-finish effort against a formidable St. Sebs team. Early in the first period St. Sebs generated several scoring chances, all of which were turned aside by Finn D. leaving few second chance opportunities. The sustained pressure from St. Sebs led to a Fessy penalty, but on the ensuing penalty kill Neil W. intercepted a pass, raced down the ice on a breakaway, and buried a “shorty” to open the scoring. For the remainder of the 1st period, and for much of the 2nd, the play was up and down, evenly contested in every zone. During this time, the blue line of Alex R., Ben F., and Aiden D. forechecked cohesively and defended in the defensive zone in a manner rarely seen so early in a season. The score remained 1-0 until the latter stages of the 2nd, when Alex M. scored to extend the lead, and then shortly thereafter scored again. Early in the 3rd period, with the score 3-0 Max L. took a pass from Phin H. in the right circle and fired a shot, generating a rebound that Jack S. promptly backhanded in for a 4-0 lead. But Sebs is a good team, and eventually they broke through with 2 quick goals and still plenty of time left. Over the next few minutes both teams continued to generate chances but strong defense at both ends limited opportunities. As time wound down Fessy’s defensemen (Phin H., Alex M., Bill G. and Nolan E.) were instrumental in keeping the puck to the outside in addition to initiating clean transitions up ice. Near the 2-minute mark Neil W. and Kota S. broke into the offensive zone, 2-on-1, with Kota converting a nice feed from Neil to make the score 5-2, the eventual final score. When the clock ticked down to 0:00 the boys, in celebration, jumped over the boards to mob Finn D. before lining up to shake hands with St. Sebs.