Boys hockey hopes to shake off tough month of November

Chloe Haack, Staff Writer

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After starting a losing streak in November, boys hockey hopes this slump won’t cost them postseason accolades. 

The past month has been rough for the team. Going 1-3 in November and losing to New Trier by one goal acted as a wake-up call. Junior captain Campbell Wagener has confidence that the team can get back up to form. 

“Our biggest goal is to do well in the postseason,” Wagener said. “We know our skill. With low effort, the wins won’t come”

For Wagener, this season has been tough individually. Struggling with multiple injuries, his team has been behind him through it all.

“I separated my shoulder against Deerfield,” Wagener explained. “We were down 1-3 as I left the ice. The team battled back and scored three goals within five minutes to get the win. The ability to play for each other means a lot.” 

The family dynamic on the team is obvious for every player. Sophomore Jens Bratt can attest to that. 

“When the team stays positive and plays together, we win games,” Bratt said. “Continuing this pattern will lead us to a strong postseason.” 

One of the apparent themes throughout the team is sharing the puck. 18/24 rostered players have an assist on the stat line. Wagener leads the team in assists with six, followed by senior Charlie Rodriguez and junior Peter Gallun both splitting five. 

Captains Aiden Kennedy, Joey Levy, Rodriguez and Wagener have all contributed this season with 11 goals combined in 11 games played. 

Junior goalie Owen Destefano shares the crease with sophomore Gavin Course. Combined, they have saved 235/259 shots. Their 91% save rate gives the Kits a great advantage into the postseason where every goal counts. 

Their next game is on the road tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. against Libertyville.