CONWAY — Saturday was a win-win night for Kennett Hockey. The Eagles scored a 2-0 victory over Monadnock-Fall Mountain at the Ham Ice Arena, but the win was only part of the evening. Kennett hosted its second annual “Hockey Fights Cancer Game.” All of the proceeds from the evening were donated to Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.
“We’re still adding things up, but it looks like we raised about $4,000,” Michael Lane, Eagles’ head coach, said. “It was a great turnout and another great response by this community.
The Eagles also donned special light blue uniforms to recognize prostate cancer and dedicated the game to the voice of Kennett Hockey, longtime announcer Rick West. West was presented with his own jersey, which had “West” and No. 1 on the back. He wore it proudly during the game.
“I think we surprised him a little,” Lane said. “He’s been with Kennett Hockey since the beginning, he’s one of us.”
West got an opportunity to call a defensive battle for Valley Vision with both teams going scoreless through the opening two periods.
Kennett, which lost 2-0 to M-FM at Keene Ice Arena on Jan. 29, finally broke the deadlock early in the third period with defenseman Connor Tofflemoyer lighting the lamp.
The Eagles did a nice job of limiting opportunities for the visitors while playing with just three defensemen (Tofflemoyer, Brady Shaw and Colby Olivier) for much of the third period.
Goalie Bryson Wrobleski, who picked up his first shutout of the season, recorded 20 saves in the win.
“I thought we were mentally tough towards the end of the game,” Lane said. “It was nice to get the win.”
The Eagles added an insurance goal with 37 seconds to play when Miles Woodbury won a footrace to the net and tucked the puck into the empty net. Matt Cormier and Tofflemoyer were credited with assists on the goal.
The win lifted Kennett to 6-6-1 and keeps it in sixth place in the standings and final playoff spot in the standings behind Berlin-Gorham (11-1-1), Belmont-Gilford (9-3), John Stark-Hopkinton (8-3), Hollis Brookline-Derryfield (9-4), and Kearsarge-Plymouth (6-4-1).
In addition to wearing the special game jerseys to bring awareness to cancer, the Eagles also fundraised.
“Every player set a goal of getting 10 pledge of at least $10 to their part for Jen’s Friends,” Lane said.
Kennett also hosted a chuck-a-puck between periods for people to have a chance to win their own Kennett Fights Cancer jersey. Charlie Murphy of Kearsarge was the big winner.
Lane said the Eagles offered “I Fight For” signs that people could fill out to show support for someone who has gone through or is going through cancer.
“Everyone knows someone who has been touched by this disease,” said Lane. “We were thrilled with how the evening went. We look forward to getting a check to Jen’s Friends over the next few days.”
“We seem to play well in tough games, hopefully, that continues this week,” Lane said. “After beating Belmont-Gilford (3-2 on Jan. 15), I’m sure they’ll be ready to go against us, it’ll be a hostile environment in their barn.”p.m.).
“We seem to play well in tough games, hopefully, that continues this week,” Lane said. “After beating Belmont-Gilford (3-2 on Jan. 15), I’m sure they’ll be ready to go against us, it’ll be a hostile environment in their barn.”