Playoff Preview: Boys Ice Hockey

The playoffs for high school hockey are right around the corner. The boys team has made strong case for the playoffs so far this season. Despite losing 2 games early in the season to Spaulding High School, U-32 boys have come up with a 13-2 record, undefeated in their division after the halfway point.

The team’s captain, Colby Brochu, had this to say about his team so far: “It feels good to know that we can compete and win against anyone in our division.”  Head coach Dave Pickel attributes the team’s success to its leadership. “We have great coaches but, it really starts in the locker rooms, I put a lot of pressure on the captains to make sure everyone is prepared for the game.” Though the team has success so far, Dave’s thought is, “[w]e’re only as good as our weakest link, and I’d like to think our captains address those issues.”

The boys team has proven they have a very well rounded team throughout this season, with nine different  goal scorers this season. “We could have six goals and have six different goal scorers. That’s what makes us unique,” said Pickel. On the other side of things, “We do a good job of moving the puck in transition and working as a team, not having anybody playing super star” said Brochu.

Looking forward to the playoffs, only five games ahead for the boys team, Dave said “[a]nybody in the top eight is quite capable and can make a serious run come the end.”  Dave went on to say, “Last year, number nine, St.Johnsbury, beat number eight in the playdowns, and then they upset number one, Harwood, in quarters. I feel this year is very similar to last year.” Stowe is a team the boys have a chance to meet again in semifinals or with losing only a few games, and one to the threatening division one team, Spaulding. Woodstock has a pleasant record of 14-1, the only loss to Milton whose record is