Boys’ hockey ends in a tie against Benilde

Players unite against long-time rival


Carissa Prestholdt

Senior Jonny Sorenson forward attempts to steal the puck from Benilde-St. Margret defense player Nate Schweitzer Dec. 22. at the Rec Center.

Isabel Kjaer and Ella Hammerstrand

According to freshman defense player Sam Berry, the game’s 2-2 score against Benilde St. Margaret’s (BSM) Dec. 22 was an accomplishment. Berry said this was because the team was able to perform minute details well.

“I thought this game went really well compared to others because we did all the little things right, but it just didn’t turn out alright,” Berry said.
Defense coach Dan Batdorf said, although it was not apparent, the team achieved multiple objectives throughout the game.
“The outcome that we got wasn’t on the scoreboard, but it was for sure in some of the lessons that we learn as a team,” Batdorf said.
According to Batdorf, the players’ cohesiveness allowed them to pull their strength together at the end of the first period.
“We had a slow start and the boys kind of rallied together and finished the first period strong. It was back and forth,” Batdorf said.

Berry said the synergy that had built up during the game was lost, which led to the team’s defeat.
“It was just all the momentum going away and it didn’t turn out,” Berry said.

According to Batdorf, the conflict between Benilde and Park made the game unpredictable and challenging.
“There is a rivalry here and you never know what you are going to get every night. They showed up to play just like we did and it was fun,” Batdorf said.

According to Batdorf, the seniors on the team make personal connections with the younger players throughout the season.

“I mean, the freshmen that we have and the senior leadership that we have, it’s just great to watch them kind of pull them under their wing and get the most out of it,” Batdorf said.

Batdorf said the team hopes to keep making improvements each day as a tight-knit group.

“We want to continue moving in the right direction so we’re taking steps as a team on a daily basis and trying to evolve as a team and become better, not just individually, but as a team,” Batdorf said.

The Orioles take on Hopkins’ Royals at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Hopkins Pavilion.