Junior goaltender Thomas Pelchat was almost perfect in a 8-1 opening night victory
A Night of Firsts
October 1, 2016
October 1st arrived and it was a night of firsts. It was Gettysburg's first game of the year, it was the first game for 11 new freshmen, and they led the way. It was a spirited contest with a York College team fresh off a win against Widener University. The Bullets, however, were up to the task as they opened the scoring at the 11:20 mark of the first period with a goal by freshman Reed Berestecky, assisted by assistant captains Connor Shalleck and Brodie Edgerton. Seven minutes later, freshman Jack Kolpak scored unassisted. At the end of the first, it was Bullets 2, Spartans 0, with Gburg outshooting York 29-7.
Second period scoring was all Gburg. At 12:48 freshman defenseman Taylor Slade went end to end deking the York College goalie completely out of position for the Bullets' third of the game. Four minutes later, freshman David Shore got on the board, set up by Reed Berestecky. At the end of period two it was 4-0 Bullets.
Entering the third period, the temperature of the game continued to rise as the referees had already called five penalties against Gburg, compared to two for York College, with none of them resulting in power play goals for either side. Thirteen minutes into the third period, #5 David Shore registered his second for the night, assisted by freshman Isaac Levine. Three minutes later senior Pat Fritzky decided to score the first goal of his collegiate career, assisted by Shalleck and Berestecky. Less than a minute later York College would get their only tally of the night, making the score 6-1. Gettysburg was not done, as dogged play in front resulted in a goal by Connor Shalleck, assisted by captain Colin Hetherington and that Berestecky guy again. Three minutes later Gburg wrapped up the scoring with a beautiful point shot from Colin Hetherington, and yes, #12 Reed Berestecky assisted again! Shots on goal for the game: Gettysburg 75, York 23. An almost perfect performance turned in by junior goaltender Tom Pelchat.
Being a night of firsts, 6 individual Bullets players got the first goals of the season and the first goals of their collegiate careers to wrap up an 8-1 victory over York College. Two weeks from now the Bullets face Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, PA.
And although it was not a first, the Bullets want to extend a Happy Anniversary for loyal Bullets fans Jane and Phil.