JV and varsity hockey teams prepared for opponents, playoffs

Broncos open season with 3-1 record

Photo by Brian Kelly ’12 - Ryan Henry ’12 (left) and Ryan Ricci ’12 (right) scramble for the puck Oct. 10 at the Ice Den. The Broncos went on to beat Pinnacle 7-2.

By Joe Skoog ’13
THE ROUNDUP

The Brophy hockey season started off on an optimistic note this year with the varsity team charging ahead to a 3-1 record.

Ever since, they have since fallen to 4-4 and are currently in third place in the 5A-1 division standings behind Desert Vista and Notre Dame Preparatory. They are still poised to make a run in the playoffs this season.

The two teams they are contending with, Desert Vista and Notre Dame Preparatory, have been competing with Brophy for years.

“Notre Dame is just amazingly talented,” said hockey team moderator Mr. Lane McShane ’82. Notre Dame’s proximity to the Alltel Ice Den has helped them recruit many club players, he went on to say.

“Our home rink, Arcadia Ice Arena, has good ice, but its archaic,” Mr. McShane said.

With the addition of a new head coach, the team’s play has improved.

With team leader Shawn Ludgate ’11 and star freshmen Taylor Moorman ’14, the team is ready for the post season.

But the varsity team is not the only successful hockey squad on campus.

The junior varsity team boasts an 8-3 record, putting them in second place behind the 11-0 Notre Dame Preparatory.

Unlike many other sports, there is a junior varsity championship in the state of Arizona for hockey, which Brophy has won on multiple occasions.

The junior varsity team has many developing talents including points leader Sean Kelly ’13 and others.

“Both the Junior Varsity and Varsity team share the same positive nature,” Mr. McShane said.

“One of the things I really like is that they are good guys,” he added. “They break the stereotype of fighting hockey players.”

“This does not mean they do not play tough though,” Mr. McShane said. “When they hit the ice they play tough, buzzer to buzzer.”

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