by Team Reporter Nate Gordon ’16
After a five-game losing streak concluding with the team’s first game of the St. Sebastian Holiday Tournament, Williston Boys Hockey (3-5) won its final two games of the December 19-21 weekend.
The Wildcats will begin 2015 with the St. Sebastian’s-Nobles Showcase on January 2nd and 3rd. To continue to get the season back in the right direction, these two games against St. Seb’s and Nobles will be critical. The team will return to campus on Monday, January 5th. The team will then have seventeen regular season games remaining. In the first part of the prep hockey season, it is often difficult for teams to establish rhythm with Thanksgiving and Winter holidays breaks. But the long stretch after this allows teams to make up ground lost before the holidays.
Williston vs. St. Sebastian’s Preview (Friday, January 2nd @ St. Seb’s, 1:30 p.m.) St. Seb’s (7-1-1) was the runner-up at its own tournament two weeks ago, defeated by St. Andrew’s 4-0. Williston was defeated by St. Andrew’s 6-2 in the first round of the St. Seb’s tournament. Since that loss versus St. Andrew’s, the Arrows defeated Catholic Memorial on December 23rd. Leading the team in goals (9), assists (14), and points (23) is senior forward Will D’Orsi (#6). D’Orsi has committed to play college hockey at Yale (D1, ECAC Hockey). St. Seb’s has won its seven games by an average advantage of 3.3 goals. In U.S. Hockey Report‘s most recent prep hockey poll released on December 22nd, St. Seb’s was ranked as New England’s number seven team.
Williston vs. Noble & Greenough Preview (Friday, January 3rd @ Noble & Greenough, 11 a.m.) With three Division 1 commits, Nobles is off to a 4-3 start with the losses to Tabor, Kimball Union, and Salisbury. Junior forward Michael Fahie (#7) (Brown University), senior defenseman Billy Sweezey (#5) (Yale University), and senior forward Miles Wood (#6) (Boston College) provide the majority of the team’s offense. The Bulldogs were defeated by Kimball Union and Salisbury by a combined five goals. The Wildcats were defeated by those two games by four goals. Nobles’ junior goalie Brendan Cytulik is the team’s starter with 303 minutes and a .920 save percentage.
Writer’s Note: Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the team’s game against St. Sebastian’s and possibly the game against Nobles. There won’t be the usual Twitter game updates and game stories on this blog. I apologize for this and hope it is a one-time thing.