(Written by Sean Nowak)
The John Carroll University Blue Streaks club hockey team continued to have success this past weekend.
The first game of the weekend was on Friday, Oct. 21 as the Blue Streaks hosted the visiting Washington and Jefferson College on home ice at Gilmour Academy. The Blue Streaks rolled to a dominating 11-2 victory over W&J while outshooting their opponent by a whopping margin of 70-10.
John Carroll jumped out to an early lead over W&J and never looked back. After consecutive tough losses last week to No. 19 Kent State, the Blue Streaks were fired up going into their first conference game against W&J. JCU took advantage of their deep roster and spread the puck around more, leading to more goals in the back of the net.
The line combination of senior Dan Geiger, sophomore Dan Potter and freshman Tyler Rhodes led in total points for the Blue Streaks as they combined for five goals and three assists.
Rhodes also netted his first career hat trick as a Blue Streak against W&J.
“We’ve been mixing up the lines a bit due to some injuries and an attempt to generate more offense, and tonight we saw positive results,” said head coach Chris Wilk.
Sophomore Lou Morici had another solid game with one goal and two assists while senior John Walter and sophomore Jarret Snider each added a goal as well.
Unfortunately for JCU, their game on Saturday, Oct. 22 against the visiting Duquesne Dukes didn’t have the same outcome.
The Blue Streaks battled throughout the duration of the game, but fell just short of the win as they were handed their first loss of the weekend by a score of 5-3.
Their goals against the Dukes were scored by Walter, who had two goals, and sophomore Sean McHugh. Walter was flying around the ice this weekend and used his big 6-foot, 3-inch frame to make some big hits and force turnovers.
“Everyone played great this weekend with a big win on Friday and a tough loss on Saturday. With current injuries some of the younger players really stepped up and filled some important roles,” said Walter. “If this team can stay healthy, we can really do some big things.”
JCU is off to a 5-5 start, but they know they are better than that.
“With us being so young, it’s been a struggle to get everyone on the same page. We knew that was going to be our weakness coming in. The faster we can work out the kinks, the better we’ll be in the long run,” said coach Wilk.
The Blue Streaks look to continue their success and pick up two wins this weekend at home as they face off against Indiana University of Pennsylvania this coming weekend on both Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.