by THOMAS O’SCANNELL Staff Writer
The varsity team, who are 7-13, and the junior varsity team, who are 1-13, in ice hockey are still progressing through their season.
There are two separate teams that take part in the ice hockey season – varsity and junior varsity. The coaching staff includes head coach Mr. Gerard Minter and assistant coaches Mr. Tom Donovan, Dr. George Pangalos, and Mr. Mark Wetzel.
During the course of the year, the varsity team accumulated a record of seven wins and 13 losses, most recently when the team was narrowly defeated by the Central Regional Golden Eagles 6-5 on Monday, February 17.
Senior Kevin Morello leads the team in the most amount of points, which is 40.
Freshman varsity team member, Gerard Marretta says, says, “I originally was frustrated with the team, but now I realize the team was trying their best, which I appreciate.”
Marretta wears the jersey number 24 and has the third largest amount of points behind Morello and senior Skyler Izzo, who has 38 points.
Morello has 40 points, 23 of which were assists. Izzo leads the team in most goals scored, scoring 23 times in just 20 games. Junior Brendan Germano had the highest saving percentage, with 89.72 percent of shots saved.
On the other hand, the junior varsity team holds a record of one win and 13 losses, the most recent of which was a 4-1 loss in a junior varsity league playoff game against the Manalapan Braves on Saturday, February 22.
Freshman Kevin Broskie leads the team in most amount of points is with four.
Junior Matt Corcoran says, “We have a bad record, but we are playing our hearts out each game.”
Senior Patrick Kloby leads the team in assists with two, and sophomore Matthew Freitas has the highest saving percentage for the team, saving 86.49 percent of all opposing shots.
Coach Minter says, “Despite finishing the season with a 7-13 record, our season was a success. Our primary goal as a team is to be a significantly better team at the end of the season than we were at the beginning, and we believe we accomplished that goal. The coaching staff is extremely proud of our team for the way they handled themselves through the season’s adversity and for the effort they put in every day to be better tomorrow. The strength of our schedule turned out to be a lot more difficult than we originally anticipated and we hung strong with some of the best public and private teams in the state.”
For the time being, there are no upcoming games for either the varsity or junior varsity team.
What is your overall outlook on the ice hockey team for 2013-2014?