Hockey Team Welcomes New Year with Wins
The RHS hockey team, coming off a Cashman Tournament championship on Jan. 1, added two more wins in the first week of the New Year, giving them a record of 7-1-1, including a 7-2 win Saturday, Jan. 6 against Cohasset.
Below is our hockey team profile from the December issue of the Veritas.
Mark Shields, Veritas Staff
Dec. 20, 2017
This year the Rockland hockey team hopes to carry its success from last year into this year. After winning their league and making a deep tournament run last year the Dogs hope to go even further and make it to the Garden this year.
Coming off a season where they went an amazing 21-2-3, they will need to play fundamental hockey in order to continue their success this season. No one knows that better than Coach Mike Flaherty.
“To continue our previous success we need to keep this simple and make simple plays,” said Flaherty
This season the Dogs have already started and are at a 2-1 record with a big win against the Abington Green Wave in their season opener, a tough loss to Hanover, and a dominating 5-0 win over EB.
These early successes and an early defeat will fuel the team as they have goals set for the season that are nothing short of difficult.
“Our mindset is to repeat as league champs and be difficult to play against, and this year we have a real opportunity to make it to the Garden,” said Flaherty when asked about his goals for the season.
The hockey team is very excited for an opportunity to repeat as league champs. This would make them the first hockey team in school history to repeat as league champs.
With a few freshmen and sophomores providing meaningful minutes the Dogs are set up for a pretty successful team in the future. However, the juniors and seniors will play a huge part this year, and could be the determining factor if this team repeats or not.
Coach Flaherty is confident about his returning players. “The guys coming back from last year are a big difference maker for us with their experience and hockey knowledge,” said Coach Flaherty.
Four of the returning group include captains Matt and Harry O’Brien, Joe Campanile and Mike Flaherty.
Coach Flaherty is very optimistic about this season and even though they were so successful last year he is not dwelling on the past.
Coach Flaherty, who was inducted into the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame recently, is fully concentrated on the future of the program.