The boys varsity ice hockey team defeated Phillips Andover Academy 4-1 on Saturday, February 1, thanks to a 20-save performance from sophomore goalie Ethan Roberts.
Looking to bounce back after a tough loss against rival Avon Old Farms, the Pelicans came out in the first period with high energy and pace, and scored six minutes into the game when senior Anthony Cipollone received a beautiful pass from sophomore line mate Chris Hibson and fired a shot past the blocker of the Andover goaltender. Cipollone one-timed the shot into the top shelf for a highlight-reel goal.
Six minutes later the Pelicans took a two-goal advantage when senior Jake Sigal buried a rebound opportunity with help from Cipollone and Hibson. Hibson won a loose puck and chipped it to Cippollone, who then made a nice touch pass behind the net to Sigal, who was denied on his initial shot but scored on the rebound opportunity.
In the second period the Pelicans’ momentum slowed as they took several penalties and found themselves playing down a man for the majority of the period. Eventually the Andover powerplay broke through and scored on a broken play, cutting the Pelican lead in half.
Before the period ended, though, the Pelicans were jolted back to life when senior Ryan Armstrong scored the first goal of his Loomis career as time expired in the period. Armstrong made a great play to keep the puck in the zone, and then, knowing there was little time on the clock, he charged the front of the net. Eventually sophomore Oliver Flynn got the puck and threw it in front of the net, and Armstrong fired the puck into the net just before the buzzer sounded. After dressing in 79 varsity games, Armstrong recorded his first goal for Loomis.
The third period was capped off with a goal from senior Ben Ritter, who fired a shot from the point that rang off of both posts before finally going into the goal, as well as big saves from Roberts, who stood tall in goal in his third start as a Pelican and stayed collected throughout. He finished the game with 20 saves on 21 shots.
Up next, the Pelicans take on Williston Northampton on Wednesday, February 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the Savage Johnson Ice Rink before taking a brief break for Head’s Holiday. They return to action after the break with a big game against Deerfield Academy, which defeated the Pelicans earlier this season.