Varsity Hockey “Chugging” to FAAs

Abby Thomas '23, Sports Editor

With a total record of 7-5, the Varsity Boys Hockey Team is headed to the FAA tournament as the number three seed! 

In the past couple of weeks, the boys have played their hearts out on the ice, coming up with four amazing wins. On February 2, they were down 2-0 against Kingswood Oxford, with a bleak last period ahead of them. Fortunately, and fueled with determination, the Storm put up four goals by the end of the third period, winning the game.

The following week, on Monday, February 7, the hockey team played Hamden Hall on Senior Day. Before the first whistle, the five seniors–Jared Kramer, Henry Robb, Jack Dolan, Colt Alford, and Will Winalski–were honored on the ice. In an exciting game, the team beat Hamden Hall 8-3 with goals from three of the seniors, Robb, Winalski, and Alford. Afterward, the team went on to celebrate their seniors and the outstanding game with a pizza party.

On Wednesday the 9th, at home, the Storm continued to rage on in their game versus The Harvey School. With two goals from Kramer, one from both Eoin Mueller ‘23 and Matt Riccardi ‘23, and a shutout for goalie Aidan Flanagan ‘24, the team went home with a 4-0 win.

Not even a day later, the hockey team had another remarkable win over Greenwich Country Day School. GCDS scored at the beginning of the game before our boys went on to score five unanswered goals – two from George Foster ‘23, one from Dolan, Mueller, and Enzo Fredericks ‘25.

Though their two most recent games did not end in their favor, the boy’s hockey team is still “chugging” along and is ramping up for the quarterfinal next Tuesday, February 22, at 3:00 PM, against Hamden Hall. 

In their last game, playing against Kingswood Oxford again, three players were unable to play, but there are high hopes for two of them to return for the playoffs. 

Their hearts and sticks are set on their goal – the FAA Championship.

The road to the championship is not an easy one. Ben Ansaldi ‘23 said, “Two very tough teams, [Rye Country Day] and King, have beaten us in the games we have played with them; they are numbers 1 and 2 in the league.” 

He is optimistic though: “Triumph is undoubtedly a possibility. When we get zeroed in on our game and when we are all working at 115%, we could certainly beat any team in the FAA.”

Mueller said, “The boys have never been more ready. This team is a family, and we know the job we have to do to win it all. It all starts on Tuesday. Win or go home.”

In regards to the team being ready for the playoffs, they’re also increasingly excited. Foster said “I am super excited for the playoffs to start because we have been really hot recently and are playing some of the best hockey I have ever seen from this team.” 

Kramer put it simply: “The boys will be buzzin.”