As Christmas break and exams creep up on MBA, the Big Red Hockey team has almost reached the midpoint of its season. Since October, the Big Red have played through six games, having dominated almost all of them.
The team’s first game back was against none other than their archrival Ravenwood. Both teams came out hard and played a high intensity back and forth hockey game. The teams exchanged a few one goal leads until the end of the game, when Ravenwood took a late third period one goal lead. The Raptors would come out of this game on top 4-3, as the Big Red suffer their first regular season loss since 2015. It was a tough pill to swallow for the team, but at the same time it was a learning experience. This year, the regular season would not be a breeze as it had been the past two years. So, the Big Red would have some work to do if they wanted to get back to the top.
After the loss to Ravenwood, the team came roaring back in their next 5 games, absolutely dominating the competition. First, the Big Red defeated JPII handily 10-0, while Isaac Sedek picked up his first career shutout on the varsity team. In the next game, the Big Red defeated Lipscomb/BA 10-1. This game presented a bump in the road, as one of the team’s leading goal scorers Robert Cowan received a three game suspension. The loss of one of the Senior leaders proved to be only another test to the depth of the team, and they would not fail to impress. In the first game without Cowan, the Big Red proved they had a deep roster. The Big Red defeated Ensworth/Oakland 10-1 and had 10 different goal scorers in the game. They would show the same depth in their next two games, shutting out their next two opponents Franklin/Hume-Fogg by a score of 10-0 and Centennial-Page by a score of 9-0. It was clear that the team had no lack of scoring without Cowan, and when asked about how the team played without him, Cowan was excited by the performance he saw sitting rink side: “Being suspended I learned from mistakes, but the team has played really well without me. They’ve played the best hockey without me”.
In addition to the outstanding team performance, there have been several fantastic individual stats. Senior Josh Morin leads the team in points with 6 goals and 11 assists for a total of 17 points. Junior Brandon MacDonald-Surman is second on the team with 7 goals and 8 assists for a total of 15 points. Senior captain Blake Robison is third with 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points, and sophomore Clayton Malone has 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points. At this point in the season, each of these players has at least 2 points per game, an outstanding achievement. Morin also leads the league in both assists and points. In addition to the skaters, Senior goalie Isaac Sedek has an unbelievable 0.970 save percentage and a fantastic 0.32 goals against per game, as well as 3 shutouts, an impeccable performance for his first season on varsity. Sedek also leads the league with the best save percentage and most shutouts.
The Big Red will finish out the calendar year with 3 more games before the break, including a clash against the top team in the standings, Brentwood High School. The team looks to continue its dominant performance against its opponents, and continue to grow as a team so that they can peak at the right time, right before the state tournament.