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Varsity Hockey Struggles Early

Nicole Resendes '12

Staff Reporter
December 19, 2011

On Wednesday, December 14 the Durfee High School Varsity Hockey team (0-1) hosted their first game of the season against Apponequet High School (1-0) at Driscoll Rink. At the end of three periods Apponequet came out on top, winning their first game of the season 6-2.
Durfee's starting lineup consisted of seniors Bryan Silva, Tyler Lima, Ryan Nestor, Alan Pontes, and goaltender Chris Bonanca, along with junior Lucas Saunders.
The pace of the game was set quickly as Apponequet scored the first goal of the game just 2:58 into the first period.  However, Durfee's quick defense managed to hold off Apponequet's steady offense not allowing another goal until there was just 4:33 left in the period.  This goal was quickly avenged as forward Nestor scored Durfee's first goal of the night just twenty two seconds later.   
The Hilltoppers entered the second period trailing by just one goal. Unfortunately in the second period Apponequet snuck two goals by Bonanca.  The first puck crossed the goal line with 10:41 left in the period and the second came only twenty six seconds later. The Hilltoppers still continued to fight with Nestor netting his second goal on a breakaway past Apponequet's goaltender to make the score 4-2.
Both teams battled defensively, allowing no other goals in the second period.  Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, Apponequet was able to score twice in the third period taking the win over Durfee 6-2.  
Having only been the first game of the season the boys have some things they need to work out: getting the puck past the blue line effectively, setting up a solid fore-check, limiting the turnovers, and being smart with the puck.  The Hilltoppers' defense looks promising this year especially with players such as Bryan Silva who know when and how to take the body.  The team has the offensive skills from multiple players to get goals in the back of the net; it's the delivery that needs tweaking.  If the Hilltoppers can get the puck past the opponent's fore-check and keep the puck moving in the zone they should have no problem scoring.
Although suffering a lost, Durfee still has high hopes for the rest of their season.  The Hilltoppers play their second game of the season at Driscoll on Saturday, December 17th against inner-city rival Diman at 5 p.m.