By Bryce Tinsley ‘23

The Brother Rice Crusaders hockey team beat the Fenwick Friars 5-4 at home on Thursday, Dec. 1. Brother Rice sits at 5-5-0, and Fenwick at 5-5-0.

The Friars scored first, taking the lead early in the game. Senior Conor Haggerty answered shortly after with an unassisted goal. Both teams had five shots in the first with no other goals.

The second period saw 15 shots and six goals out of both teams, the Crusaders taking seven of the 15 and scoring four times. Two of the goals came from captain Charlie McClorey, both assisted by Jack Keaty, one unassisted from Jakub Potoczny, and the fourth from Jack McGuffage, assisted by Potoczny.

“The team is playing well, and we just had a big period. The four goals is huge, especially against a team like this. If we can keep playing like we are, we have a good shot at winning this game. Going into the third with a two goal lead feels good. We just really have to keep it up,” said Jakub Potoczny during the ice cut.

The third period showed no more goals for the Crusaders as it was a defensive battle to hold the lead. The Friars netted one to take the game down to one goal.

The Crusaders prevailed, getting their record back even. After the game, senior Jack McGuffage said, “That was a good game; I feel like the team put in the work, and it shows. We want to prioritize the next game, but we still want to enjoy the win today. Getting some rest this Saturday before playing again will help, so we can all be at our best.”

With an upcoming game against the Providence Catholic Celtics, the team wants to focus on keeping the newfound win streak intact.