Recorder: "Kyle Barnes nets hat trick as Greenfield hockey beats Amherst"

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H.S. Roundup: Kyle Barnes nets hat trick as Greenfield hockey beats Amherst

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Staff Writer

Published: 2/21/2021 4:49:01 PM

Senior Kyle Barnes tallied his first career hat trick on Saturday, as he finished with four points overall to help the Greenfield hockey team pull away for a 7-2 victory over Amherst at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Despite being unbeaten this season, the Green Wave have gotten out to some slow starts and turned it on late. That wasn’t the case on Saturday.

It took Greenfield just 40 seconds to light up the scoreboard, with MJ Paulin finding the back of the net with assists from Shane Prusak and Devin Niles.

Amherst came down and tied it on a 2-on-1 a few minutes later with Joe Freniere picking up the goal, beating Green Wave goalie Josh Bordeaux glove side to knot the game back at one.

From that point on, Greenfield turned the pressure up.

“After that goal is when we said, ‘That’s enough,’” Green Wave coach Adam Bouchard said.

One minute after Freniere’s goal, Barnes scored his first of the night, with the assist going to Prusak on the power play.

 

With 34 seconds left in the first period, Greenfield put another on the board, this one off the stick of Jacob Bryant with Barnes picking up the assist to make it 3-1 going into the second period.

“We’ve talked about times where we don’t come out of the gates fast and hard and how we wanted to do that,” Bouchard said. “The Green Wave came out fired up looking to take it to them.”

Barnes opened the scoring in the second frame, with the assist going to Derek Lenois and Matt Lavoine. Lenois took a big hit and sacrificed his body to send a pass to an open Barnes.

Nineteen ticks later, Barnes pocketed his third goal of the game, with assists going to Lavoine and Aidan Roche to make it 5-1.

With 2:57 to play in the third period, Niles scored on the power play, with Bryant and Roche picking up assists.

The Green Wave tallied their fourth power-play goal of the night with 14 minutes to play in the game, with Niles putting it home with an assist going to Prusak to make it 7-1.

Georgios Alimionos scored the final goal of the game for the Hurricanes, putting home a rebound with 5:27 remaining.

Bordeaux came up with 18 saves in the game, including a big one in the third period where he stretched across the crease to get a blocker on a shot. Greenfield held a 34-20 shot advantage in the contest.

The Green Wave are back in action tonight, traveling to Smead Arena to take on Chicopee at 7:30.