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This season the Nazareth Ice Hockey team placed second in the league with a record of 9-2-1. With such a successful season it had to be rough every once in a while. Sophomores Alex Lynch and Eli Laurin, and freshman Eric Carlson, reflected on their season and said one game in particular was difficult: Philipsburg had more experienced players along with a good offense that made them hard to defeat. However, the team managed to pull off an amazing win against Philipsburg with a score of 14-7.
Although Philipsburg may have been one challenge on the team's way to victory, there were many other obstacles. Laurin said, “We just kept working hard, playing hard in practice, and always had our goal in sight.” In order to overcome the challenges, Lynch said teamwork, a common goal, and motivation from each other are key.
With everyone on the NAHS club team having a common goal, the team chemistry matters incredibly. Not only are these young men teammates, but they are friends off the ice as well. Lynch added that they are all “very adamant on the ice ‘cause [they] play well together.” Carlson also pointed out that if he had not known these people there would be a different atmosphere on the ice.
Hockey players have something additional to look forward to next season: Carlson says they will have a Varsity and Junior Varsity team. All of the young men told us that they are excited for the new team. Carlson said, “We haven’t had a varsity team in a while, so I am looking forward to it.”
Exciting opportunities and hard work aren’t the only things that make the game of hockey. Like every other sport, the love for hockey is strong in the team and every player. Hockey is their life on and off the ice. The friendships that are made, the competitive side, and the community is extraordinary.