Holderness Hockey dates back to the early 1900’s and the school has always embraced the game the way it is supposed to be played: outdoors in the elements with a focus on toughness, grit, speed, and enthusiasm. We compete in the Lakes Region conference of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference and play a 30-35 game schedule against some of the top competitors in New England. Holderness plays in a new open-air arena, which was constructed in 2015 and prepares for competition in a newly renovated training facility and locker room. Our season usually stretches from mid-November until the first of March.
With a strong passion for keeping hockey outdoors in the beauty, serenity, and vigor of a cold New England winter, and with a keen sense of the importance of work ethic, perseverance, and the joys of the competitive spirit, Holderness hockey players leave with a true sense of what the game was created for. Recent alumni have played at NCAA Division I institutions such as St. Lawrence, UNH, Clarkson, Brown, UVM, Colgate, Holy Cross, Niagara, and Army.
Holderness, on goals from junior Kevin Pitts and senior Alex Gagnon, held a 2-1 lead into the middle of the third period, but Andranik Armstrong tied it up and then, two minutes later on the PP, senior Logan Cash scored the game-winner. Senior Sean Dynan (18/20) got the win for KUA, while sophomore Keenan Alnahas (42/45) was the hard-luck loser for Holderness. #3 KUA moves to 25-5-1 while Holderness drops to 9-16-1. Next up for the Bulls is Winchendon (14-3-4) on Wednesday at home.
Holderness was able to sweep Brewster for the 2nd consecutive year earning a 5-2 win tonight at Pop Whalen Arena in Wolfeboro, NH. The Bulls went up 2-0 in the 1st off goals from Kevin Pitts and Jack Bayreuther 3 minutes apart. Pitts beat the Brewster goalie with a low hard shot to the glove side and Bayreuther scored his 1st career Bulls goal by using the Defenseman as a screen and whistling a shot off the crossbar and in to the blocker side. In the 2nd, Alex Wisnes put the Bulls up 3-0 with 6 minutes remaining in the period and Connor Androlewicz was steady in the net not giving Brewster a chance to get on the board heading into the 3rd. Isaiah Fox would extend the Bulls lead to 4-0 midway through the 3rd on the Powerplay with a quick release shot from the slot that beat the Brewster goalie through the five hole. Josh Bliss and Patrick Ault picked up assists on the play. Brewster would not go quietly into the night as they stormed a ferocious comeback effort and scored 2 quick goals late to make the game interesting at 4-2 before Greg McGunigle iced the game with an empty netter with under a minute to play. Holderness returns to action on Friday night vs. New Hampton.
Holderness got back in the winning column on Saturday after a tough defeat at the hands of Tilton the previous night. Holderness went up late in the 1st period off a rebound goal from Senior Alex Gagnon. Atte Aalto and Tim Manning picked up assists on the play. In the 2nd, Tim Manning extended the Bulls lead to 2-0 off a well-placed shot from the slot that beat the Brooks goalie high to the blocker side. Isaiah Fox and Patrick Ault set up the goal. In the 3rd, Holderness had multiple chances, but could not beat the Brooks goalie. The Bulls started to tire and got a little sloppy with the puck late in the 3rd giving Brooks a chance, but they were only able to beat Androlewicz once leading to the 2-1 win. Connor Androlewicz made 26 saves earning the victory. The Weston Lea game puck was awarded to the entire team for finding a way to win a tough battle on short rest. The Bulls return to action next Wednesday vs. Lakes Region rival Brewster Academy.
Alan Thompson ’04, competed in the USHL with the Chicago Steel for the 2004–05 season and continued his career with the University of New Hampshire from 2005–09. While playing a limited career at UNH as he continued to recover from 3 ACL surgeries on his right knee in a span of four years, he received numerous honors in his senior season including the Hockey East Turfer Athletic Award for tenacity and commitment to the game after finally playing a full season. His coaching career began in college when he coached at the Dick Umile Hockey School at UNH, the Clinic Hockey School at Bowdoin College, and the USA Hockey Development Camp at the University of Vermont. After college, he directed the hockey training program at Athletic Republic in Norwood, MA for 2 years, a sports training facility geared towards teaching the fundamentals of off-ice training. Prior to coming to Holderness, he coached hockey and baseball at Lakes Region rival Brewster Academy for the 2013–14 season. He was a twelve-varsity letter athlete during his time at Holderness School, competing on the football, hockey, and baseball teams all four years.