By William O'Brien '21
Coming into the season with high expectations, the St. Albans hockey team has had a successful first half of the season so far. Unfortunately, the team began the season struggling to make their mark due to an unlucky injury to star goalie, Max Delorme. However, the team persevered thanks to the courageous goaltending of senior leader, Liam Schaberg. Liam generously sacrificed his normal role in the line up to step in between the pipes for the first time in his hockey career, even leading the team to victories over Mount St. Joe’s and Churchill. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, the team still found some success. In the words of senior leader and alternate captain, Smith Mohler, “When the darkness came, we turned on our flashlights and kept moving on.”
Finally healthy again, Max’s triumphant return to net proved to be the kickstarter that would carry the team through some of the biggest wins of the year. We had a commanding win over Bishop O'Connell and a huge win over IAC rival and previously number one team in the area, Georgetown Prep. The Prep game was definitely a highlight of the year, thanks to the electric atmosphere brought by the boys of the BEEF club, the student fan section of St. Albans. The team hopes to carry the momentum from Prep game onwards, with their target set on the elusive IAC championship win, a prize yet to have been achieved in the history of the program. They certainly have the talent and dedication to accomplish such a task. According to Coach Dan Ryan, this team is the “most talented in St. Albans hockey history,” with loads of underclassmen skill and fantastic senior leadership. Although we have had a great first half of the season, the team is not done yet, with a huge game against rival Landon coming on Thursday and playoffs looming around the corner. Get out to those games. Until then, roll BEEF.