Impressive in-goal performance helps Bulldogs ice Somerset Berkley
MARION — Offense may have boosted the Bulldogs to a dominant finish over the Somerset Berkley Raiders, but junior goalie Jake DeMoranville was the centerpiece of the Dec. 29 win.
DeMoranville made a whopping 31 saves in the Bulldogs 4-0 shutout against Somerset Berkley, helping his team improve to 2-2-1 on the season.
“We had a tough defense and an outstanding goalie,” said first-year ORR/Fairhaven coach Chuck Jancanterino. “A lot of guys stepped up for us tonight, our goalie has been incredible all year. If he just keeps it up and we’re going to get four goals then we’ll be really tough to beat.”
With the offense in sync and DeMoranville putting on a showcase in net, the Bulldogs dominated the ice. By the end of the first period, the Bulldogs sent a message to the Raiders by going up 2-0.
The second period was quieter offensively, but the defense picked up some of the slack by shutting down the power play. Midway through the period, it appeared that the Raiders had punched the puck into the back of the net, but the referee called the goal off — saving DeMoranville’s shutout.
By the end of the game, the Bulldogs racked up two more goals and showed off some strong work in the defensive end. Chris Gauvin and Sam Austin scored two goals each to help them get past the Raiders.
“We had some key guys out tonight,” said Chuck Jancaterino. “We said that we can’t look around and wait for the other guy to do it, if you’re going out there you needed to do it yourself tonight.”
Jancanterino added that the team will be looking to add a stronger forecheck in their next matchup and improve their transitions heading into the offensive end.
“I thought we really turned the corner tonight,” said Jancanterino. “It was a huge game and it got us to .500, we really tried hard in practice to get to that tonight.”
The Bulldogs will face off against Greater New Bedford RVTHS on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Hetland Arena in New Bedford.