By Jerry DiStefano
Thus far, the Everett High boys’ hockey team has not been able to fight off the injury bug throughout their injury-laden season. Everett holds a 2–6–1 record at this point—the halfway mark of the season.
Injuries are a key factor in the Crimson Tide hockey team’s struggle. Two of Everett’s starting defensemen, seniors Rearden Sweeney and Derek Bankus, have been out of the lineup due to injury. Rearden has been out with a concussion, and Bankus has been out with an ankle injury.
Everett Head Coach Alex Naumann has been trying to mix and match the right pieces in each line. He knows it has not been easy through all the injuries. “The injuries have been tough on us, but we’re doing the best we can. We’re struggling a bit, but we will keep fighting through the tough times,” Naumann said.
The Crimson Tide still have good talent on their squad. They have shown the ability to put the pick in the opposing team’s net at times. In their two wins this season, Everett scored six goals against Salem and eight goals against Mystic Valley. Shawn Doyle, Stephen Faia, and Chris Griffin all had multi-score games in those two wins. This trio has been the leading goal scorers for the Crimson Tide.
In one of Everett’s more recent games, the Tide fell short against rival Medford, 6–2. Everett jumped out to a 1–0 lead on a goal by James Liberge early in the first period. Liberge scored off a rebound from a shot off of Doyle’s stick.
The Tide struck first but the Mustangs struck last. Medford dominated the game after the first Everett goal; they outscored the Tide 5–1 after going down 1–0. The Mustangs took a 2–1 lead by the end of the first period and jumped to a 4–1 lead at the end of two periods. The Tide cut the deficit to 4–2 early in the third period on a goal scored by Faial (assisted by Liberge). That was the closest Everett would get for the game, as the Tide could not find the net for the rest of the game. The Mustangs added two late insurance goals to put the game away.
Everett will look for their third win of the season as they host Mystic Valley at Allied Veterans Rink Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.