Big Red Boys Hockey Triumphs Over Rival PDS

Big Red Boys Varsity Hockey traveled to Princeton University’s Hobey Baker Rink this Thursday for one of its biggest games of the season against its rival, Princeton Day School (PDS).

Big Red Boys Varsity Hockey traveled to Princeton University’s Hobey Baker Rink this Thursday for one of its biggest games of the season against its rival, Princeton Day School (PDS). Prior to the game, Head Coach Keith Dupee said, “In my eight years here, this has turned into a really big rivalry game, and I think the excitement from both schools has been awesome.”

Coming out of the opening faceoff, Big Red came out of the gates with speed and physicality, winning possession. Two minutes into the game, Jason Wang ’20 took the first shot on goal, sparking the momentum for Big Red. With 14:30 left in the period, Tait Mott ’20 opened the scoring with a shot to the top right corner. As the crowd erupted into a frenzy, Lawrenceville continued to pile on the pressure. However, PDS wouldn't back down, responding with some big hits. More than halfway through the first period, Trey Croddick ’20 fired a powerful shot into the back of the net following a screen. Soon after, Lachlan Getz ’20 scored another goal for Big Red, stretching the lead to 3-0. Facing a three-goal deficit, PDS turned up the intensity and capitalized on some loose Lawrenceville defending to score two goals at the end of the first period.

After that unsettling finish, Lawrenceville came out hard in the second period to turn the tides back in Lawrenceville’s favor. Despite controlling possession throughout the first few minutes of the period, Lawrenceville failed to score, giving PDS its fair share of shooting opportunities as the game went back and forth. As the period continued, Big Red stepped up defensively: A huge block by Co-Captain Trevor White ’19 and some critical saves from goaltender T.J. Semptimphelter ’20 kept Big Red on top. With 7:35 remaining in the period, Semptimphelter made a highlight reel save on an odd man rush, with PDS trying to net one top shelf. As the period went on, a number of Big Red’s best scoring chances by its first line were denied by the PDS goaltender. Then, with 3:45 remaining in the period, PDS scored a quick goal, taking advantage of a minor defensive breakdown by Lawrenceville. Despite conceding three goals in a row, Big Red preserved the intensity, and just over a minute later, David Parker ’19 put Lawrenceville back in the lead with a beautiful setup by Co-Captain Matt Manahan ’20.

In the third period, Big Red started where it left off, keeping PDS on its toes with its offensive play. Three minutes into the period, the high pressure paid off, as Getz netted his second of the day to extend Lawrenceville’s lead to two. Again, PDS answered 30 seconds later, putting one past Semptimphelter to keep it a one-goal game. Despite the goal, Lawrenceville kept the offense rolling, but a penalty on Big Red with less than two minutes to go was a major setback and the last thing any team wants in the final moments of play. Yet again, Semptimphelter came through with key saves on Lawrenceville’s penalty kill, ultimately sealing a huge victory for Big Red.

More than halfway through its season, Lawrenceville will look to build off this victory and keep its momentum as it moves into the latter part of its season.

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