The varsity boys hockey team has a 4-6-1 record coming out of a tough loss against St. Luke’s School on Jan. 22 with a final score of 5-4. A big moment for the team was Hockey Night on Friday, Jan. 10, against King School.
Head Coach John Hissick said that the crowd was great and supportive on Hockey Night. Junior center wing Will Elliot said that even though the Wyverns scored two goals, the team was playing a bit selfishly, making the team lose the puck often. Coach Hissick said he agrees that the team needs to possess the puck a bit better, especially along the wall and in the corners. “We are trying to work on possession more in practice and how to create space,” Coach Hissick said.
The Wyverns followed Hockey Night with two consecutive wins against Hamden Hall by 4-2 and Wooster School by 7-3. Senior goalkeeper Captain John McLaughlin said that both games were fantastic wins. “In both games there were no individual superstars and everybody contributed and was a team effort,” McLaughlin said. “Our systems went well and our passing was good, allowing us to come back and win those games.”
The team then faced Rye Country Day School on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and despite playing their best they couldn’t come up with the win with a final score of 9-1. But, the team came back stronger than ever against Wooster School again on Monday, Jan. 18, and won 7-3.
Coach Hissick said that the team’s strengths are their back line which consists of upperclassmen who have four years of experience. Elliot also mentioned that the chemistry between the offense and defense in improving. “Our systems on offensive and defense are starting to work better as the season has gone along,” Elliot said.
McLaughlin said that the team’s goals are to improve from last year and have another above .500 record. Last year was the first year in a very long time that the team had a winning record, but fell just one game short of making the playoffs. “We want to make the playoffs,” Coach Hissick said. “This means that we have to win 60% of your league games, which is difficult but I think we can do it.”
Coach Hissick said that offensively the team is young and small, but they are hard working. This year the team doesn’t have their star player, Garth Swanson, as he graduated last year, so players had to step up leadership wise.
Coach Hissick said that junior Cohl D’Addabbo has been outstanding and has a strong defensive presence. Elliot also agrees that D’Addabbo is a really fast skater and can handle the puck well. “When he wants to be he can be the best player on the ice,” Coach Hissick said. “He can skate around everybody.” Coach Hissick also mentioned that McLaughlin has been great in net this year and has been competing hard. “This may be his best season yet,” Coach Hissick said.
The team faces Wooster School again on Friday, Feb. 7 followed by Hamden Hall on Wednesday Feb. 12. “I am really enjoying this season,” Coach Hissick said. “This is a good bunch who work hard and are resilient in the face of adversity.”