By: Andrew Donnelly ’20
The Chaminade High School ice hockey team has established itself as a dominating presence in the league over the last few years. The squad hopes to come back after its semifinal exit from last year’s playoffs and plans to continue its pattern of dominance into the 2019-2020 season.
The Flyers have maintained an impressive league record of 7-3, landing the first place spot in league play. The Flyers started the season at Rye Playland in Westchester, taking on Fordham Prep and opened the season with a 3-2 win over the perennial powerhouse.
The Chaminade Flyers needed to come back strong after falling just two goals short to St. Anthony’s in their previous match. In a hard-fought game, the Flyers defeated their rivals. Goaltender Harrison Chesney ’20 held the Friars to just one goal, while the offense was able to put five goals of their own on the board. This 5-1 victory over St. Anthony’s was a defining moment in the Flyers’ season.
Following this win, Chaminade put another game in the win column against the formidable Fordham Prep Rams, winning by a staggering four goals. The very next day, the Crimson and Gold set their season record in goals, scoring six against Iona Prep at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon, NY, winning by a score of 6-2.
The Flyers looked to continue their 3-game winning streak against the Lions of Monsignor Farrell High School. It seemed as though the Flyers had met their match, as they found themselves in a seemingly unconquerable 3-0 deficit late in the 2nd period. However, with heroic play by Chaminade on the offensive side of the puck in addition to the incredible effort and skill of goalie Harrison Chesney, the Flyers mounted a monumental comeback. They ended up winning by two goals. The final score of 5-3 demonstrated that no obstacle could get in the way of the Flyers’ desire for success.
The seniors on the team have paved the way for the ice hockey team thus far. Christian Romeo ’20 has had a stellar year and is the captain of the varsity Flyers. Assistant captains Dylan Ray ’20 and Drew Goodman ’20 have had a significant impact on the team’s success this year.
“We have a strong team this year, and we have won a lot of big games. Although we’ve experienced a few bumps along the road, I think it can be used as a learning tool to help us figure things out before we get to the playoffs,” remarked Dylan Ray. “As for our goals, it’s the same thing every year, to win the championship.”
Congratulations to the varsity hockey team on its impressive performances so far this year. The team looks forward to carrying this momentum into the rest of the season and the playoffs.