By Leo Niksic ‘24

As the season is rolling along, the Brother Rice Hockey team is off to a shaky start; they are 3-8 and 5th in their conference. They hope to get back on track with a win on Sunday, Dec 3rd, against a big conference rival, St. Rita.

The team is led by their captain, Jack Keaty. He is a fabulous player and is a threat every time he touches the puck. Alongside Keaty are his three alternate captains, sophomore James Esposito, junior Nathan Wilczak, and senior Tommy Witt, who are all playmakers and have great vision on the ice.

Rice still has a good chance of moving up in the standings, with these last ten games coming up, they have to do well and come out with some key wins. So far, their losses only came by 1 or 2 scores, not including their games against Powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Crusaders have been neck and neck, with teams just falling a little short. But when the Crusaders win they win in fashion, putting up 15 goals and only allowing 5 in those three wins.

Senior Jack Keaty said, “We’re done falling short; I’m sick of losing. These last games we have coming up are going to be my last time putting on a Rice jersey. I’m going to make the most of it.”

One of the hockey team’s biggest fans, Tommy Amado said, “I went to the Carmel vs. Rice game, and the energy was through the roof. The Crusaders put up seven goals against the caravan, and I think with each goal, the crowd got louder and louder. I love going to the hockey games and will continue to go. I hope they get back to winning.

Senior Joe Moonan said, “Not how we wanted the season to start, but the season isn’t over, and we can still make a run for it.”

The Crusaders are very much alive, and expect them to be an underdog team in this year’s run for the Kennedy Cup.