by Team Reporter Nate Gordon ’16
With the team’s game against Gunnery canceled this past Saturday, Williston Boys Hockey (7-7-1) has not played a game since last Wednesday, January 21st.
But between tomorrow and February 4th, a span of seven days, the Wildcats will play four games in eight days against teams with a combined 43-23-5 record. Two of these games will be at home, two on the road.
Williston’s first opponent is Millbrook (8-10-3) tomorrow, January 28th at 4:30 p.m. The Wildcats will play their first home game since the 16th, hosting Millbrook. Millbrook comes into the game having lost its last four of five games. But the Mustangs did defeat Berkshire 5-3, a team the WIldcats lost to 7-5 ten days ago. With four goals and nineteen assists, sophomore forward Matt Gosiewski (#8) leads Millbrook in points. The Mustangs’ starting goaltender, junior Owen Johansson, has posted in a .897 save percentage in 526 minutes played this season.
In January, the Wildcats have lost just two games, won four, and tied one. The team has scored at least five goals in its last four games, scoring six against Worcester and Vermont Academies. Sophomore and top-line forward Nick Schofield is still out with a knee injury he sustained against Winchendon on January 16th. With Schofield’s injury, the team has experimented with a few different line combinations that the Wildcats have adapted to well.
This Saturday, January 31st, the Wildcats will travel to New York to take on Albany Academy. After an 8-18-3 record in 2013-14, the 2014-15 Cadets (11-6-2) have been a very different team this season. The team’s biggest win has been a 4-2 victory over Salisbury, one of the top teams in New England. Junior forward Kevin O’Neil (#22) lead the team in assists (21) and points (31).
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