By Joe McConnell
The Revere High School boys’ co-op hockey team (0-6-1) is fighting through injuries in the early going, but on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, they were more competitive against Somerville, losing a hard-fought effort, 5-3.
The varsity squad is made up of 21 players, and the roster is pretty much split down the middle between Revere and Malden players, with 11 of them from the Beach City. There’s also a JV squad that has a total of 18 players, with 15 of them comprised of middle school talent. The future potentially looks even brighter for coach Joe Ciccarello’s program. Ciccarello, also the Patriots’ softball coach, has been behind the hockey bench for 17 years. Jim Mosca, Bob Alioto, Brandon Pezzuto and John Papasodora are his assistants. Pezzuto and Alioto are also the JV mentors.
The Patriots have been without the services of high-scoring senior center Marc Giordano, who is recuperating from an ACL that he sustained during the lacrosse season last spring. He’s expected back in a couple of weeks. “[Giordano] is definitely an impact goal scorer for us,” said Ciccarello.
The Patriots did get back hard-nosed forward Cory Rufo for the Somerville game.
“We have had a hard time scoring goals in the early going, but we did a better job in that department against Somerville,” Ciccarello said. “But unfortunately, we gave up a couple of power play goals that cost us.”
The Highlanders led after one, 1-0. But then the teams started to trade goals that continued to keep things close on the scoreboard. The Hockey Pats had their opportunities to score more goals after compiling 28 shots on net over three periods, while Somerville had 31.
Sophomore goalie J.T. Bowdridge did the job once again to keep his teammates in the game. Bowdridge, who was playing juniors last year, took advantage of his opportunity during tryouts, and hasn’t relinquished the starting job ever since. Classmate Tristian Goroshko is his capable backup.
Senior forward Wayne Cintolo paced the offensive attack against Somerville with two goals and one assist. Senior forwards Zach Rufo and Rick Briana each lit the lamp once. Joe Papasodora, John’s younger brother, was credited with an assist in this game.
“We’re definitely playing harder right now, and I like our progress, but we can still play better defense and score more goals,” said Ciccarello. “We still have to do those little things that will put us over the top.”
The hockey Pats will now welcome Gloucester to Cronin Rink on Saturday, Jan. 5, starting at 5 p.m., and then Everett comes to town next Wednesday night for a 6:30 p.m. game.