~ By Jerry DiStefano ~
The Revere High Patriots boys’ hockey team is again under the tutelage of second year Head Coach Joe Ciccarello. The Patriots are looking for a bounce-back season in 2013-14 after finishing last year with a 2-16-2 record.
“Last year we had a lot of growing pains across the board,” Ciccarello said. “Even though how difficult last year was overall, that experience is going to make us a lot better this season.”
Revere started their season with an impressive 4-0 victory at home over Salem last week. Senior Marco Mazzarelli led the Patriots with two goals. Senior Cam Whalen and sophomore Steve Noel chipped in with a goal each for Revere. Senior goalie Adam Comeau preserved the shutout for the Patriots.
“This program has been down since recent memory, and the one way to change a culture is winning,” Ciccarello said. “This program needs wins, and winning will not only help the culture of Revere hockey, but the attitude as well. After the first game I saw a look in my team’s eyes I did not see last year. They looked confident and excited.”
Revere only had 21 boys try out for the 2013-14 team and despite not having a great deal of turnover, there is still not a lot of experience on this team.
“We have a lot of kids on this roster who still have never played varsity hockey until now,” Ciccarello said. “It is imperative for the players [to] not only get better in their own individual preparation, but become leaders on and off the ice.”
Revere’s motto this season is to get better every day. The Patriots not only have already recorded half as many wins as last year, but they have a winning record for the first time in years. Revere played a very tough preseason schedule, which seems to be paying dividends when the time really matters.
“I setup a difficult preseason on purpose to help prepare everyone, from players to coaches, for a high level of hockey,” Ciccarello said. “We looked terrible the first preseason game and got beat pretty soundly. We were able to stand by our motto [to] get better in each of the next two preseason games and actually win them both.”
Revere had won three games straight going back to preseason play .
The Pats faced-off against Everett at Everett on Monday. A score wasn’t available by press time.