It was an eventful past weekend for the men’s hockey team as they had two crucial games against Saint Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University. Unfortunately, the squad dropped a nail biter to Saint A’s and a decision to SNHU.

In the first game, it was a back and forth battle between the ’Cats and the Hawks that saw up-tempo play right from the start. The Hawks impressive offense came out firing on all cylinders, which resulted in an early goal for the visiting team. Things were also chippy on both sides, as seven combined penalties were called in the first period, three of which were given to Bates.

The difference in the game was the power play. Although Bates had four chances to convert, they failed to do so, while the Hawks took advantage on one of their three to take the early lead. Saint A’s Tommy Royer had two shots on net early while senior Nile Rabb had two shots for the ’Cats as well. Bobcat goalie Ben Berger ‘18 made 12 stops, with the offense putting eight shots on the Hawks net.

For the rest of the game, Saint Anselm extended their lead on another Royer goal that came off a power play where he broke through the Bobcat defense from a clearance. Bates went down fighting, however, as they had multiple chances on net, highlighted by a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Overall, for the game, Saint A’s had 21 shots on net to Bates’ 15.

The following day brought a much tougher outing against an incredibly physical Southern New Hampshire squad. SNHU’s offensive attack was in full swing as they scored an eye-popping 10 goals. The same Bobcat defensive solidity was not entirely there, as it was the day before, and SNHU’s lightning quick attack took advantage. The Bobcats were able to score one goal eventually, but it was not enough.

The ‘Cats will seek quick redemption against Southern New Hampshire again, however, as they travel to the school on the 27th.