HAMILTON — When Moses Brown scored in the first period of last night’s hockey game against Pingree, it looked like the Highlanders were on their way to the third straight, lopsided loss to begin the season.
With eight freshman dressing and only one senior in the line up, a turn-around maybe have seemed unlikely.
But this year’s Pingree team is full of surprises.
Freshman defenseman Matthew Cavanaugh got the equalizer and the Highlanders got their first win of the season, 6-3 over Moses Brown at John Rink on campus.
“I think we gained our composure (after Moses Brown scored). We were working harder and competing,” said Pingree first year head coach Gino Khachadourian. “We’re young, but we’re battling through everything and competing. We jumped back at it and that next goal was big for us.”
Cavanaugh’s shot from the point hit a Moses Brown defensemen and found its way into the back of the net. It was the first of six unanswered Pingree goals as the Highlanders dialed up the intensity. Pingree skated even more sharply in the second period before taking their foot off the gas in the third.
“We realized the way we could beat this team is we just stick to our systems, pick our heads up and play hockey how we know we can play,”said senior captain Jerome Cappadona, who had a third period goal on a turn-around shot in the slot. “We have a lot of new kids on the team but we are really starting to click now.”
Hard work put Pingree ahead 2-1 before the end of the first when freshman defenseman Ryan Lovell kept the puck in the offensive zone and fired a shot toward the net. Another Pingree freshman, Maxx Trotsky, tipped it but the puck was sailing wide before yet another Pingree freshman, Michael Riley, banged in the rebound for his first varsity goal. And it came on the power play.