Ice Hockey Starts Season Strong
By Kevin Sullivan, Coach
Seven games into the season, the co-op team of PCD, St. Ray’s and Wheeler (otherwise known as PSW) is rounding into form. Led by Seniors Aidan Beckett ’19 (Wheeler), Nolan Carlson (St. Ray’s), Cam Yee (PCD), Ben Kailher (PCD) and Will Giguere ’19 (Wheeler) the team is playing a disciplined, unselfish and exciting brand of hockey, which has garnered a 5-2 start. Their latest win over Coventry on January 11 was a perfect example of this style of play.
Before you could blink (more accurately twelve seconds into the game) Coventry somehow, some way put the puck in the net. Often times, giving up a goal so early into a game can demoralize a team, but after about five minutes the PSW boys regained their confidence and began to dominate play. The combination of keeping the puck in the offensive zone, working together and creating one offensive opportunity after another began to take a toll on the Oakers. The one problem for the boys in black and red was an impressive Coventry goalie that kept making great save after great save.
After two periods, despite all of the goal scoring chances, the PSW boys still found themselves trailing 1 to 0.
There wasn’t much to say in the locker room as the ice got resurfaced. “Keep doing what you’re doing”, “It will come”, “continue to focus on the process, not the result” was the basic instruction from the coaches. Leaving the locker room to begin the final period there was a team-wide sense of confidence and resolve. However, two minutes into the third period this state of mind would be tested again – an untimely defensive lapse allowed Coventry to score once more and go up 2 – 0.
Determined that this score was not going to stand, the team promptly continued their offensive assault.
With ten minutes to play, Michael Barone ‘20 let it be known that this Coventry goalie was not infallible. Barone scored the team’s first goal of the game assisted by Cam Yee and Aidan Beckett.
One could sense that the tide was finally turning in favor of PSW. With just under five minutes to play, Cam Yee tied the game on a goal assisted by Drew Andella and Aidan Beckett, and now the players from Coventry were just trying to hold on. The only question was whether the game might end in a tie.
With two and a half minutes to play, the line of Ben Kailher, Dom Raposa and Bennett Hicks continued the offensive pressure. With speed and tenacity, they moved the puck well and continued to look for the open man. To the delight of their loyal fans, with 2:06 remaining Hicks put the puck in the Coventry net with a nifty unassisted wrap-around goal.
The PSW co-op team is flat-out fun to watch! Come out and support these guys as they make their way through the second half of their RIIL Division II schedule.
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The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.