Coach Terence Miller and seniors, such as center John Reid ’15, set the bar high this past season for athletes to improve upon their overall level of skill and commitment to the sport.
The team set many goals going into the season that it hoped to achieve.
“We wanted to make the state tournament … [and] to get a good seed in the Mercer County tournament,” Reid said. “We won 14 games last year, so we [also] wanted to [reach] that number.” The boys hockey team competed in its first and final round of the state tournament on February 24 and finished the season with an overall record of 10–10–2.
Adversity came in December when the team struggled to get a win for a string of games. To overcome this challenge, Miller felt the team needed to play cohesively, which he described as most essential to winning a game.
Although the season did not live up to some of the expectations set by the team, there were highlights along the way. Among them, according to Reid, was pulling out a 4–2 win after initially being down a few goals against Wall High School at the beginning of the game. These types of wins would not have been possible without the leadership and experience brought to the team by the upperclassmen, according to the other players.
“The seniors that are graduating this year have been integral to the team,” said goalie Sawyer Peck ’17.
With the team’s top two goal scorers Reid and Connor McCormick ’15 departing, remaining offensive players, such as sophomore Brendan McCormick, will have to carry the load next year. Nick Palmer ’15, part of the team’s defensive lineup, believes that when the senior players graduate, Peck and other returning players, such as Max Garlock ’18, Eamonn McDonald ’17, Tooker Callaway ’17, and Anthony Trainor ’17, will fill the gaps defensively.
According to Miller, last season the team faced some challenges, such as close losses against rival teams. “I think that [for next year] our power play needs to improve. It’s always important to take advantage of having a man up and scoring a goal. That was something that the team struggled with a little bit this season,” Miller said. “The team had its ups and downs but has handled adversity well and … play[ed] better [toward the end of the season].”