by Team Report & Writer-Nate Gordon
On Friday, December 27th, Williston Hockey will travel back to eastern Massachusetts for its second tournament of the season. The tournament is hosted jointly by the Nobles and St. Sebastian’s schools. Friday afternoon, the Wildcats will have their first practice since winning the third place game last Sunday against Northwood in the St. Seb’s Holiday Tournament.
On Saturday, the team will play its first game of the two-day, three-game tournament against St. Sebastian’s. The Wildcats are looking to avenge a 2-1 loss last Saturday against the Arrows.
There are two main differences between the first game Williston played against St. Seb’s and this upcoming game. This upcoming game will be played with the normal setup of three periods, each 18 minutes long. In the previous tournament, all games were played with two 25 minute halves.
The second difference is that this game will be played at a neutral site–Williston’s first game against St. Seb’s was in the Arrows’ home rink. St. Seb’s has a very passionate student section. At each game, Arrow fans sit in a tight pack in one section of the stands, sing chants, wave flags, and do their best to get under the skin of the opponent. In a neutral site, Williston will play in a more, well, neutral environment, which could (could, I repeat) be the deciding factor.
On Sunday, the team will play its first double-header of the season. At 10 a.m., the Wildcats will take on the Nobles & Greenough School at St. Seb’s rink. Then, at 6:30 p.m., Williston will face Berkshire at Nobles’ rink.
As always, I will keep you updated during each game through the team’s Twitter account (@Williston Hockey). Also, a game report will be available after each game, including reactions from players and coaches.
Below is the full schedule for the tournament:
— Nobles-St. Sebastian’s New Year’s Showcase
At Needham, Mass. and Dedham, Mass.
Sat. Dec. 28
1:00 pm – Berkshire vs. Nobles (@ Nobles)
3:30 pm – St. Sebastian’s vs. Williston (@ Nobles)
Sun. Dec. 29
10:00 am – Nobles vs. Williston (@ St. Sebastian’s)
12:30 pm – Berkshire vs. St. Sebastian’s (@ St. Sebastian’s)
6:30 pm – Williston vs. Berkshire (@ Nobles)