The boys varsity ice hockey team defeated Kent 2-0 on Saturday, January 11, in a big game between high-ranked squads and Founders League foes.
It seemed the unseasonably warm weather and the long bus ride created some fatigue among the Pelican boys, who started the first period slow and struggled to keep up with the high-flying Lions. Loomis junior goalie Kyle Chauvette stood tall, though, and made several big saves to keep the game tied at zero headed into the second period.
After some adjustments in the locker room, the boys came out with new energy and simplified their game, which led to several scoring opportunities early in the period. Eventually the Pelicans broke through and scored the first goal of the game as senior Anthony Cipollone fired home a shot through the five hole of the Kent goalie after receiving a touch pass from senior linemate Alex Krause. Junior Chris Avallone received a secondary assist on the play.
A few more big saves from Chauvette, along with some shot blocks from sophomore Rory Andriole late in the period, carried the Pelicans into the final period of the game.
In the third period the Pelicans committed to their structure in the neutral zone and caused fits for the Kent breakout. Eventually Loomis forced a turnover in the neutral zone and went on to score the final goal of the game soon after. This time it was Krause who tipped a puck over the blocker of the Kent goalie off of a shot from Avallone. Senior captain Kennedy O’Connor received the secondary assist on the play.
The win gives the Pelicans a record of 8-1-2, with important league games coming up against Deerfield Academy on Wednesday, January 15, at 5 p.m. in the Savage Johnson Rink and Hotchkiss on Saturday, January 18, at 6 p.m. at Hotchkiss.