Hyde School:5 – Kents Hill: 4 (OT)
The boys varsity team headed down to the turf today to play Kents Hill for the first round of the MAISAD playoff. This was the Phoenix’s third game against the Huskies in the last 11 days and their 15th contest of the 2016 season. Hyde entered the game having bested Kents Hill twice, though it looked to be a close game from the start with the playoff implications.
Though the Phoenix came out looking solid on both ends of the field, it took some time before either struck, carrying a scoreless tie into the second quarter. However, both teams would find the back of the net before the end of the first half and the Phoenix carried a 2-1 advantage into the intermission. The third quarter proved to be a repeat of the first as neither team was able to establish an offensive rhythm and the score remained locked at 2-1 heading into the final frame.
The scoring picked up from there as Kents Hill made the most of Hyde mistakes and was able to rattle off 3 straight goals en route to a 4-2 lead. With less than half of the quarter remaining, Hyde got to work. Finding themselves trailing by one goal with less than a minute to play, the Phoenix forced a turnover near midfield and the ball was quickly scooped by Greg Kidger ‘17 (3g) who charged to the net and fired one past the Huskie goalie to knot the game at 4 goals apiece with just 40 seconds remaining. At the beginning of the overtime period, Jake Durkin ‘16 won the faceoff to long stick middie Scott O’Brien ‘17 (6gb), who carried the ball down and established possession before a quick timeout was called. Coming out of the timeout with a set play in mind, captain Shemar Jack ‘16 (1g) dodged from the top of the box to initiate, moving the ball back to Kidger, who would find the net once more to end the game, getting subsequently swamped by his teammates near the goal.
This game was a story of strong defenses, and the Phoenix’s was led as usual by captain Jesse Higgins ‘16, Nick Mortazavi ‘16, and Brett Gerry ‘16. Randy LaVea played strong defense in addition to O’Brien and Tyler Friedlander ‘18. Showing the importance of strong goalie play once more was McGehee Porter ‘17 (11 saves).
While they didn’t play their best for the majority of the game, this was a gutsy win as the Phoenix turned it on when it mattered most, netting 3 of their 5 goals in the final 6 minutes of the game. They turn their attention next to an away game this Saturday against the Hebron Academy Lumberjacks, who have bested the Phoenix twice already in the 2016 schedule.