In the latest installment of the storied Groton-St Mark’s rivalry, Groton School’s boys hockey team traveled to a frozen Fenway Park on January 8th to take on the St. Mark’s Lions.
Donning new “throwback” jerseys in honor of the late, legendary Groton coach, Frank “Junie” O’Brien, the Zebras took the ice in front of an excited crowd of students, faculty, and alumni. The team came out of the gate fast, adjusting to the harsh outdoor conditions, and controlled the pace of the game for much of the first period. After a myriad of scoring chances were turned away by St. Mark’s, the game remained tied 0-0 after the first period.
Continuing the momentum, the Zebras capitalized on a scoring chance midway through the second period, thanks to relentless fore-checking by Michael Brown ’16 and a beautiful pass from Ward Betts ’16 to Dorien Llewellyn ’15, who beat the St. Mark’s goaltender for the goal. The rest of the second period saw back-and-forth action from both sides and great goaltending from Co-Captain Matt Pompa ’14, who kept the Lions off of the board going into the third period.
However, with five minutes left in the third, the Lions caught a bouncing puck in front of the net and knotted the score 1-1. The Lions struck again less than two minutes later, putting them ahead with three minutes left to go in the game. Unfortunately, the Zebras took a late penalty and could not find the equalizer.
Although the game ended in a tough 2-1 loss, Groton looks to rebound against St. George’s this Saturday after an experience at Fenway Park that the team will never forget. (See photos from Frozen Fenway on our multimedia page.)
The author plays center on Groton’s varsity boys hockey team and is a team captain.