By Reece M. Krantz ’16
Crisp ice shearing, wooden sticks cracking and rubber pucks flying as players check each other into the boards.
This season, the Brophy varsity hockey team leads the D1 league with a 8-6-6 record through 20 games.
They faced and surpassed rivals Pinnacle High School in standings with a total of 37 points to 35, leading the D1 Division.
Kyle Perez ’14 leads the team with a total of 23 points, making up 13 goals and 10 assists. This ties him with the 5th highest scorer in the league.
The junior varsity team holds a 9-4-6 record through 19 games, good enough to keep them in the top three in the league.
Junior varsity sits stagnant in third place with 34 points from games, just above rival Pinnacle with 33 points.
Sophomore Ethan Shoop ’16 is the top JV scorer with 20 goals and 14 assists for a total of 34 points, good enough for highest in the league.
“As a team we are slowly improving as the season moves along, although we need to pick up the tempo for the playoffs,” said goalie Alan Turcott ’14, who was recently awarded with the “most saves” at the D1 skills competition.
To achieve this, the team relies on veterans as role models.
“Our team can improve by being able to finish out the games with more victories and not giving up leads,” Turcott said. “As an individual I can achieve this goal by continuing to set an example for the younger guys by working hard and making plays.”
Carter Hale ’14 is a center and captain for the varsity team.
“As one of the captains, it’s my job to set an example for the younger guys and exemplify for the boys on the team,” Hale said.
The team hopes to create success in the upcoming playoff games this March.
The regular hockey season lasts from Aug. 30 to Jan. 25, when playoffs take place.
“This season we currently just got knocked out of first place, we are going through a little slump right now but we just came out of it,” Hale said. “We are back on the rise.”
Playoffs are on the horizon and both squads are in a good position.
“We have a concept of ‘for the boys’ which is basically, not doing it for yourself but for your teammates. You sacrifice yourself and your body to block a slap-shot so Turcott doesn’t have to,” Hale said. “The name on the front is more important than the one on the back.”