For the past five seasons, the Wellesley high boy’s hockey team has qualified for the Div. 1 south tournament, last missing out on the postseason back in 2013. This season, the Raiders will look to up the ante and make it six consecutive seasons.
For the past five seasons, Wellesley High School's boys hockey team has qualified for the Division 1 South tournament, last missing out on the postseason back in 2013.
This season, the Raiders will look to up the ante and make it six consecutive seasons. But it’s not always an easy task.
Wellesley posted a 16-3-2 record last season, good enough for the top seed in the Division 1 South tournament. Unfortunately, the Raiders were handed a tough draw in the quarterfinals.
After the Raiders defeated Framingham 4-3 in the first round, Xaverian knocked out Wellesley in the quarterfinals in a tough 3-1 defeat.
This season, the Raiders will try and continue their success after graduating a good amount of seniors last year.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for players who have waited their turn on some good teams we’ve had in the past couple of years, and I’m hoping guys will step up,” said Wellesley coach Paul Donato.
Wellesley junior goaltender Drew Hubbard will be entering his third year with the team. He only allowed an average of just one goal per game last season.
“Andrew is off to another great start,” said Donato. “He leads by example and continues to keep the puck in front of him.”
Wellesley’s top forward line will consist of senior Henry Gold and juniors Drew Cohen and Emmett Coakley.
According to Donato, he’s expecting the three to be instrumental leaders this season to help out the rest of the team.
The Raiders will have their hands full once again in a competitive Bay State Conference, including facing great programs two times each such as Walpole, Natick, Braintree and Needham.
“The Bay State Conference is a grind no matter who you’re playing,” said Donato. “You have to bring your best every single time you step on the ice; there are no easy games in this conference.”’
In terms of expectations, according to Donato, the Raiders plan to focus on what they can control and not worry about anyone else but themselves to get better as a team.
“We talk about being the best team we can be night in and night out,” said Donato. “We never accept any other expectations. We just stress on trying to work on ourselves and get better every time we step on the ice.”
Wellesley opens up the season at home, hosting Bay State Conference opponent Weymouth on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6:10 p.m. at Babson Skating Rink.
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