Big road win for the Tigers...
Beware of the Bearcats.
When greeted each time upon arrival at the Mars Athletic Center by the impressive Bearcat statue, one is instantly reminded of the ferocity of the rare species. Suffield had little trouble disposing of the Hotchkiss polomen in its initial meeting with them at home, in early September, but this game was a different matter. The Blue team that the Orange faced in Lakeville had improved markedly, arguably more than Suffield has, over the six weeks separating the two contests.
Hotchkiss jumped out to a quick, 2-0, lead, on the strength of impressive counter attacking, and stellar individual efforts by their #11, Fernanado Elizondo Junco, from Monterrey, Mexico. Suffield fought back to parity, but Hotchkiss countered every Suffield move effectively for many minutes, seen in the 3-3 Q1, and 4-4 Q2 end of period game score.
Suffield had clearly not figured out how to unleash the sustained scoring needed to swing the contest to their favor, until some better organized counter attacks by swimming aces Cian Beaulieu and Max Miranda netted some impressive goals. Another key for the Tigers was the outstanding play from goalkeeper Melvin Ku, who singlehandedly stopped numerous point blank attacks on the cage, foiling the continued impressive offensive efforts by Hotchkiss's top scorers in the third and fourth quarters. Ku recorded a Suffield season high 13 saves in the game, as well as earning an assist and two steals.
By the conclusion of Q3, Suffield's polomen had finally built a somewhat comfortable lead, 10-6, while by no means thinking that the laudable fight put forth by Hotchkiss was over. Suffield tallied three goals and Hotchkiss two, in the final quarter, with the result confirming upon the Orangemen a 13-8 win.
Goals scored: Miranda (6), Sasha Derby (2), Beaulieu (1), Max Bass (1), Elias Smith (1), Secchiaroli (1), Kress (1)
Season Record: 6-6