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Brophy Hockey has rough launch, hoped to still succeed in D1 playoffs

Photo provided by Tyler Hinz ’16 — Tommy Boesch ’16 of the Brophy Junior Varsity Hockey team skates past a defender at the Ice Den.

Varsity falls 4-3 to Notre Dame in 1st round of playoffs

By Reece M. Krantz ’16

The Brophy hockey team hopes to propel themselves into the playoffs on a positive note.

They had a rough start to the season, dropping many of their first games.

The D1 team record stands at 2-12-4 as and JV is at a 15-2-1 record, riding a 12 game winning streak at the end of the first semester.

Varsity is struggling with a -42 goal differential, with 46 goals for and 88 goals against. They just are not scoring as much as the other teams.

For comparison look to Flagstaff, who has 77 goals for and only 38 goals against.

Kyle Perez ’15 is leading the team in points and goals with seven goals and five assists. Just behind him is Sean Scola ’16 with six goals and four assists. Combined, they compose 30 percent of the teams total points.

“Every position on the team is important… the Brophy hockey team is a family,” Scola said. “We had a rough start at the beginning, but recently we have been having close games with first and second place teams so that’s a good thing.”

The team has a multitude of leaders. Players said captain Tim O’Sullivan ’15 has been working hard to help the team.

O’Sullivan helps lead the team on and off the ice, helps with inspiration and motivation and generally keeps us focused and doesn’t take anything funny from the other team,” Scola said.

The team is still hoping to be a playoff contender and be a difficult opponent to face.

“I think we will surprise a lot of the other teams, considering our start to the regular season,” Scola said. “Personally I would like to get in harder, more opportune shots.”

Opposite of D1, the junior varsity is enjoying a very successful season in top of the standings. They have a positive 85 goal differential, leading the league.

Ethan Shoop ’16 is the leader in goals with 31 on the season. He also has accrued eight assists. Behind him is Brody Dinan ’17 with 19 goals and 10 assists on the season so far.

Varsity lost its first-round playoff game 4-3 to Notre Dame, Jan. 24.

As of Jan. 27, The Roundup’s print deadline,  Junior Varsity has not played its playoffs.

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