By Mike Corcoran ‘19
As the season is coming to a close, the Brother Rice Hockey team got a chance to honor their eight seniors on Thursday. Pre-game hype was in the air as the puck was set to drop at 7:30. Brother Rice knew that going in this was sure to be one of their toughest matchups so far, and it really took a toll on them. Richie Haley found himself starting in net after Eddie Vogrich endured a tiring 5 goal game against Mt. Carmel, no more than 24 hours prior.
Towards the end of the first period, Haley let in his fourth goal and was replaced by Eddie Vogrich, hoping the tide would shift in the Crusaders favor. After a frustrating first period, the score read 5-0 in favor of St. Viator.
Things began to look better in the second period as Brother Rice scored the next two goals, cutting their deficit to just three. However by the intermission, St. Viator put another three pucks past Vogrich and led 8-2. By the end of the game, the scoreboard read 11-3. St. Viator had beaten the Crusaders on their Senior Night, but this is not the end.
Captain Bill Jeffers said, “It was by far our worst game of the year, and it came at the worst time, too.”
Although this may seem like the end of an era, there is still a lot of hockey to be played. The Crusaders look towards playoffs where they hope to take home the infamous Kennedy Cup trophy.
Hockey broadcaster Patrick McGann said, “I can’t wait for playoffs. I hope the seniors can bring home the cup this year.”
Eight senior hockey players were honored that night: captain #10 Bill Jeffers, assistant captain #87 Matt Moro, assistant captain #29 R.J. Manning, defenseman #7 Dan Reardon, forward #18 Ethan McCarthy, forward #36 Nick Lata, forward #28 Matt Wooldridge, and defenseman #40 Seamus Cannon. These boys really elevated the team’s play this year, and it will be hard to fill these 8 pairs of skates next year.