[Written by Sean Nowak]
The John Carroll University Blue Streaks club hockey team continued its winning streak after consecutive wins over Slippery Rock and Duquesne this past weekend. After sweeping Pitt and R.I.T. last weekend, the Blue Streaks were eager to keep the winning streak alive.
The first game of the weekend was on Friday, Feb. 10, as the Blue Streaks hosted visiting Slippery Rock University in a home game at Gilmour Academy.
The Blue Streaks started the game out fast right away and looked much more aggressive early on.
JCU sophomore Dan Potter got the Blue Streaks going early with his first of two goals on the night. Potter took the pass from senior Dan Geiger and took it all the way to the net for the goal. Geiger had two assists on the night, but more importantly, he reached the 100 career points mark as a Blue Streak.
Slippery Rock kept it close the entire game but the Blue Streaks would not accept defeat. JCU ended up winning the game 5-4.
Sophomore Lou Morici continued his strong play and added a goal and assist each. Senior Geoff Abrahams also had two assists to add to the score sheet. Potter finished the day with two goals and an assist to add on to the tally.
“We played solid in all three areas of the ice this weekend: offensively, defensively and special teams,” said coach Chris Wilk.
The Blue Streaks kept their winning streak alive on Sunday, Feb. 12 as they defeated the Duquesne Dukes 4-1. More importantly the Blue Streaks punched a ticket to the CHMA playoffs for the first time in team history.
Not only did JCU make the playoffs, but they also are the No. 2 seed which means they get a first-round bye. This gives JCU more time to rest and practice and to scout their opponent, which can be very crucial.
On Sunday, the younger players for JCU really stepped up in crucial times. Freshman Tyler Rhodes and sophomores Potter, Sean McHugh, and Morici all had a goal each on the day. JCU started fast and didn’t slow down at all. Sophomore goalie Justin Camuto was solid between the pipes all night long against the Dukes, who spent much of the game on defense and only found the back of the net once. JCU won the game 4-1.
Abrahams added an assist on the night which made him JCU hockey’s leading career scorer with 158 points, surpassing the former record of 157 held by former Blue Streak Nick Morici.
The Blue Streaks finished the regular season with an overall record of 22-12, marking the most wins in a single season in JCU hockey history.
“This really has been a remarkable year for JCU hockey,” said Wilk. “We’re relatively healthy and we have everyone contributing. We look to continue our success in the playoffs,” said Wilk.
The Blue Streaks will play Akron at home on Friday and Saturday before the CHMA playoffs begin on Feb. 24.