Story by James Long '18
The definition of an inauguration is an introduction of a system, policy, or period. Donald Trump wasn’t the only person with a grand introduction last Friday. Freshman phenom Peter “The American Sniper” Yanes’s performance was his inauguration into St. Albans lore.
The Bulldogs rolled into last Friday’s matchup with Georgetown Prep riding a four-game win streak, looking for another big win in front of an outstanding BEEF crowd. Meanwhile, Georgetown Prep was still celebrating their 4-2 win over Landon like it was game seven of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The puck dropped and the game was underway. The Hoyas set the tempo by outshooting the Dogs early. However, some outstanding goaltending from Ethan Roth ‘17 and the St. Albans defense kept the game level at the end of the first period.
Once the second period started, the Bulldogs attacked and found some holes in the Prep defense, proving why a certain Prep goalie was like Swiss cheese. Timmy Bitsberger ‘18 capitalized on a well-timed assist by Tommy Williams ‘17 and the Bulldogs were up 1-0. As the game wore on, the Dogs continued to play with a certain chippiness and attitude that few teams possess. Inspired by their brothers on the ice, the BEEF club continued to win the fan section battle that was underway. Despite some stellar play all around by the Bulldogs, the Hoyas rallied back and tied the game at 1-1.
The third period was a back and forth affair. The Hoyas drew first blood with an early goal making it a 2-1 game. But coach Ryan rallied the squad and the offense struck again. This time, Peter Yanes ‘20 cashed in with about twelve minutes left to tie the score at 2-2. But the Hoyas weren’t about to back down. Facing a five-minute power play for Prep, the St. Albans defense fought hard to keep the score tied, but the Hoya offense showed some strength by scoring. As time was drawing quickly to a close, both sides got some good chances on goal but neither could convert.
Down 3-2, the BEEF section came alive to try to give the team some momentum. With 53 seconds left and the Georgetown Prep fan section already celebrating a win, Peter Yanes ‘20 became a hero and scored his second goal of the game to bring the score to 3-3. Luckily for Prep, there was no overtime due to MAPHL rules. Although the game ended in a tie, the Ice Dogs are back and poised for another championship run.