Boys hockey hangs its hat on a successful season


Sophomore Joe Epler skates past a New Trier defenseman.

A season to remember.

The talent filled boys hockey team held their own this year against the league’s powerhouses, and still have the postseason to look forward to.

“With this team, it’s hard to choose ‘key’ players because they really all play together as a team,” said coach Delayon Morris. “If the top guys aren’t getting the job done, then the second and third string guys are always there to pick up the slack.”

The Kits got off to a very hot start to open up the season, and are trying to regain that momentum and confidence for the playoffs.

“In the beginning of the season, we had a 14 game stretch where we didn’t lose a game,” said Charlie Bailey, senior and goalie. Bailey had a 91% save percentage on 292 shots this season, letting in about 1.92 goals per game.

“During that stretch, we played great positionally, everyone was always skating hard, and we finished most of our opportunities,” senior Nick Lydon said.

The Kits also did something that they had not done in four years, beating New Trier Blue, who is the stronger of the two New Trier teams. Not only did they beat the Trevians, but had a dominating 5-1 win over the defending champs on Dec. 6.

Evanston fared particularly well against the stronger teams in the league. In addition to the New Trier win, they finished 1-0-1 against last years runner up Highland Park, as well as splitting games with Buffalo Grove.

The final big event of the regular season was the Kit’s recent tournament victory at the Music City Cup in Nashville from Friday, Jan. 15 to Tuesday, Jan. 19. They won their first three games 7-1, 4-1, and 3-2, respectively. The championship game ended in dramatic fashion, the Kits winning 4-3 in a shootout.

“We had new lines for that tournament, and without a lot of practice there was natural chemistry present in every line,” said Isaiah Ricketts, the team’s leading scorer with 8 goals.

The last thing on the checklist this season is the playoffs, and the boys are excited and ready to make a run at a championship.

“Some of the top teams in our league are also some of the top teams in the state, which is why we can’t wait to test ourselves against them in the State playoffs,” Bailey said.