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Cougar Spirit

DS lax falls 7-8 to Exeter

Chris Hettler
On Friday night the boys put our national win streak of 65 games on the line against the Division 1 powerhouse Exeter Blue Hawks. Exeter entered the game having narrowly lost to Pinkerton by one earlier this season and is pushing towards a berth in the D1 final 4. Last nights game was a chance for our boys and program to show that we belong in the discussion of one of the top programs in the State...our boys rose to the occasion and while we came up a little short in a 8-7 set back...I could not be prouder of how they played. We will be a better team for this come playoff time! 
The game started off with great energy and enthusiasm coming from the crowd and transferring to the play of our boys. Our two senior offensive Captains, John Anderson and Jonny MacLean could not have risen to the occasion more. Both John (2 and 2) and Jonny (3g) along with sophomore Connor O'Brien battled hard in the face-off circle all night long coming up with critical face-offs to keep us with in striking distance. John and Jonny dominated the first half accounting for a point on each of our first 3 goals to give us a 3-1 halftime lead. So many close calls and hit pipes that could have gone in during the opening half left us feeling confident. The second half opened well with us extending our lead to 4-1 on another Jonny Mac goal before Exeter would respond with 2 straight. Momentum then shifted back and forth with a great individual effort goal by John Anderson before Exeter would close the quarter on a goal with just 1 second left to make it 5-4 good guys heading to the 4th. Adversity struck in the 4th with Exeter capitalizing on mistakes and rattling off 4 straight goals to take a 8-5 lead. With momentum clearly swinging the other way it would have been easy for our kids to say tonight just wasn't our night, but they didn't go down with out a fight. With under 7 minutes to play Jonny Mac struck again to make it 8-6 followed by some key saves from senior goaltender Avry Truex (14 saves). Henry Howe then struck with 1:40 remaining in the game to pull us within 8-7. The defense lead by seniors Max Horton, Alex Neville, junior Jacob Scholten and sophomore Will Hadley did everything they could to give us an opportunity to tie the game...it just wasn't meant to be. A lot of positives to take away from the game and build on come playoff time. 
A short handed JV team battled hard against a very skilled and experience Exeter JV team.  Kyle Carpentier went 8/21 in the faceoff circle while goals were scored by Andy Warren, Nathan Dudley, Zack Horton and Ryan Etzo. Colby Muise had a beautiful opening goal assist while Andy chipped in an assist as well. Ryan Caparrelli back stopped the defense in net making 4 saves in front of junior Jacob Plage and sophomores Andrew Wold and Charlie Butler.
Boys- you know I hate losing, but today I am very proud of you and how far this team and program has come. Tomorrow we get back to work and Monday we start a new streak and continue our #SearchForSix...until then, we are...
"Proud Of Our Past...Primed For The Future!"
Coach Hettler, Gorton, Ellinwood and Perkins

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