Boys’ Hockey: A Rollercoaster Season
by Jeremy Gross on Friday, February 7th, 2014
With a 7-10-1 record, Milton’s Boys’ Varsity Hockey team has had a rollercoaster of a season so far. Led by captain Chad Malinowski (I), the team has been working hard to improve, while also having some fun along the way.
New to the lineup this year are forwards Bobby Beniers (IV), Trevor Turnbull (III), Curtis Weyerhauser (III), accompanied by veteran forwards Clay Berger (I), Sean Brennan (II), and Jeremy Gunn (I). Playing in front of stud goalie Drew Hotte (II) is a strong defensive lineup. Anchored by Chad Malinowski (I) and Conner Wynne (I), the defense also features the Canadian Alex Mann (I), as well as Jake Monroe (II), Henrik Dion (II), and occasionally the Swede Curtis Weyerhauser (III).
This year’s team is young with six rookies. When asked about his experiences on the team thus far, Trevor Turnbull, who leads the team in points with 7 goals and 14 assists, said, “As a new sophomore, it was really nice to have upperclassmen such as Andrew Godwin (II), Clay Berger, and Scotty Majkowski (I) help me sail through my first year at Milton Academy without any problems.” Trevor has also shared success this year with teammate Sean Brennan, the team’s leader in goals. Trevor said of Brennan, “It’s been an honor to play with someone like Sean Brennan this year.”
The team’s leadership has played a major role in keeping the players on their toes. Coach Cannata, joined by Matt Underhill and new assistant coach Steve Needham, are behind the bench for the ‘Stangs. While the team is always looking forward, Connor Wynne reminisced about the past, saying “We need Pumpkin [Sam Barrett-Cotter ‘13] back.” Although the veterans on the team miss last year’s seniors, this year’s team is working hard to prove that former captain, Anthony Sabitsky (‘13), was wrong when he said, “Our team just doesn’t wanna win.”
Despite being 0-6 on the year, Boys’ JV puck has showed outstanding improvement since its first game. The team is full of young new talents, including the anchor of the team, goalie Silas Monahan (IV), whose brand new gold pads light up the rink. The team’s high-powered offense, led by Sam Proctor (I), includes a wide range of talent in forwards Morty Fearey (III), Jack Conway (I), and Nathan “Honeybadger” Honey (II). The defense, led by juniors Justin Yoon and Freddie Connelly, holds its own alongside Trevor Atkeson (III), Jackson Hartwell (II), and freshmen Jack Savage and Austin Vyas. Hartwell, who recently returned from a finger injury which he sustained while “getting swole,” has returned to this team for his 3rd consecutive season. In an interview with Milton Measure personnel, 3-year-veteran Connor Stewart (II) had a lot to say about the team. “We’re an… interesting… young team with a lot of upside. We love to move the puck and play fast, and we’re great at avoiding checks.”
Tragedy struck the boys JV hockey squad. Just after Hartwell’s return to the ice, the scrapper of the team, beloved teammate and friend Chris Karlson (I), broke his leg in a practice, a season-ending injury which has had a major impact on the team. Late season additions to the team Morty Fearey and Mike Morin who, according to Connor Stewart, is “just a sniper trying to break loose,” helped to revitalize and reenergize the team. With Coaches Jeff Natale and Matt Petherick taking over for Sean Vermette, the team has been working hard to win perhaps just one game. With a cast of “seeds,” boys JV puck is poised for greatness.
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