H.S. Hockey: Greenfield holds off tenacious Amherst, 3-1

  • Greenfield Shane Prusak brings the puck up ice during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Derek Lenois is defended by Amherst’s Liam Flynn during first period action at the Collins-Moylan ice rink in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Matthew Lavoine is tied up by Amherst’s Kouji Ishida during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Kyle Barnes is defended by Amherst’s Andrew Martin during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Kyle Barnes shoots on goal past Amherst’s Carter Beckwith during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Barnes had two goals in the Green Wave’s 3-1 victory. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Devin Niles attacks the goal vs Amherst during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Devin Niles moves the puck up ice vs Amherst during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Amherst’s Andrew Martin and Greenfield’s Shane Prusak vie for puck during first period action at the Collins-Moylan Skating Arena in Greenfield on Friday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 2/26/2021 7:41:36 PM
Modified: 2/26/2021 7:41:35 PM

GREENFIELD — Leading Amherst 2-1 with just under six minutes to play, Greenfield hockey coach Adam Bouchard called a timeout as his squad went on the power play. 

The Green Wave were looking for the ever important two-goal lead and they got exactly that out of the break, as Greenfield won the faceoff, Aidan Roche dished it to Jacob Bryant at the point who rocketed a shot into goal to go up 3-1 with 5:22 to play. The goal put the Green Wave at 18-for-36 on man-up situations this season. 

From there, the Greenfield defense locked it down to come out with a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes at Collins-Moylan. 

“When Amherst went down, we as a coaching staff wanted to use the timeout to bring the team together and what little changes we needed to tweak,” “To see that group of student-athletes go out there and bury it to take a two-goal lead was exactly how we drew it up on the board. You take great pride as a coach but also as a student-athlete when you execute a plan like that.”

Green Wave senior Kyle Barnes scored the opening two goals of the game, both coming in the first seven minutes of action. 

The first came with 13:20 left in the first period, as Roche dished to Bryant at the point who put a shot on net that was stopped, but Barnes was there to tap it home to give Greenfield the early lead. 

“I won the faceoff back and saw Jacob [Bryant] take the shot,” Barnes said. “It was kind of a scramble. I was looking for the puck and was able to bank it in.” 

Barnes’ second goal involved a little bit of luck. 

With 8:28 to go in the period, Devin Niles danced around the Amherst defense and rifled a shot on net, which deflected off Barnes’ leg and trickled into the net to put the Green Wave up 2-0. 

“Niles made a good play,” Barnes said. “It was a good shot by him, it just went off my leg. I didn’t really have to do anything.” 

The Hurricanes answered on the offensive end with 5:22 left in the first period off the stick of Joshua Goodhind, who rushed up ice and put on a shot that beat Greenfield goalie Joshua Bordeaux. 

That would be the last time Amherst put one past the Green Wave’s sophomore in net, who came up with 13 saves. 

The second period saw both teams have opportunities, but to no avail. Greenfield went on the power play twice in the period but was unable to find the back of the net on either try. 

The win keeps the Green Wave unbeaten on the season, and with just one more game left on the schedule, the disappointment of not having a Western Mass tournament is beginning to set in. 

“It feels great to win,” Barnes said. “Nobody knew what the season would look like and how the team would look but after going unbeaten for so long, we’re disappointed we don’t have a chance to defend our title and play for Western Mass. It’s frustrating because we feel we’d have a good shot to win it.” 

The win also marks the third against Amherst this season, not an easy feat to accomplish. 

“Every game has been a different story,” Bouchard said. “That’s what I love about this sport, the story can change every night. It’s really hard to beat a team three times in a season. We were able to do that last night against Southwick and again today against Amherst. To be able to do it twice is great. Amherst is a great program and it’s always a time when the two of us meet up.” 

Greenfield closes out its season Saturday night at Collins-Moylan, taking on Ludlow at 7 p.m. It’s Senior Night for the Green Wave, and since fans aren’t allowed into the arena, Greenfield is having a car parade ahead of the game to celebrate the seniors at 6 p.m. in the North Lot outside of the high school. 


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