Team focuses on cooperation

Boys’ hockey shows lack of teamwork


Carissa Prestholdt

Sophomore Sam Barry attempts to shoot the puck around Benilde's player Blake Mesenburg. The boys' hockey team played Benilde Feb.14 at the Rec center.

David Bryant

Sophomore Drew Boyum said despite the team’s loss to the rivalry versus Benilde always leads to a competitive game.

“This game has history, so I feel like people want to come out and watch it and it gets us pumped up,” Boyum said.

The boys’ hockey team lost to Benilde 0-5 at the Rec Center Feb. 14, bringing its record to 9-12-1.

Senior Gerald Perelman said the team failed to capitalize on shot opportunities, which led to a large disparity of shots between the two teams.

“I think we just didn’t get the puck in on net and BSM did a good just blocking it. We needed to move our feet up the ice and take every shot opportunity we could but we didn’t,” Perelman said.

Assistant coach Zach Strouts said as the end of the season approaches the team is looking to make a stride in playing the entire game with the same intensity.

“We just have to find a way to put three periods together. The end of the year is a big push to get better as we get ready for the playoffs,” Strouts said.

Boyum said the team needs to work on taking every shot possible which will hopefully lead to more goals.

“Our team just never pulled the trigger and shot, we are just going to learn from it,” Boyum said.

Strouts said facing strong lineups like Benilde calls for more experience and time and effort will tell.

“We are a young team and with more experience and a little more push and understanding we will find a way to play with these bigger teams in such a competitive hockey scene like Minnesota,” Strouts said.

Boyum said going forward the team needs to play more cohesively in order to get the desired result.

“We need to play as a team more, and practice will hopefully prove that,” Boyum said.