The Everett hockey team continues to work through a tough competitive stretch. Everett is 1-7 on the season, and coach Eric Kainen continues to preach patience, as his team maintains a high work ethic.
On Wednesday night, the Crimson Tide fell, again, to Somerville, 8-5. “It was a competitive game, but we came out on the wrong end,” Kainen said. “We’re getting there, we see the best of ourselves in spurts, but it’s an ongoing process. Our guys need to learn how to compete for a full game.”
Everett hit the post multiple times and got excellent play from their seniors, all of whom scored a goal. “Our seniors came to play and competed their hearts out,” Kainen said. “But the puck luck didn’t go our way.”
Marc Saia, Bryan Bessler, Ryan Snook and Louis Staffieri all scored, as did Anthony Marino, who has been converted to forward from defense. It was his first varsity goal. “We asked him to fill a big role and it’s impressive how he’s handled the transitions,” Kainen said. “He was easily the grittiest player on the night.”
On the plus side, Everett has lowered the number of shots conceded per game. They allowed 30 on Wednesday, as opposed to the 55 they routinely allowed at the beginning of the season.
The Crimson Tide will play Minuteman on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“We’re trying to get better in practice every day,” Kainen said. “The only way out of the rut is through it.”