The Fenwick High School boys hockey team shut out Marist 3-0 and defeated Mount Carmel 7-3 to pick up a pair of impressive conference wins over the weekend.
On Saturday night at the Beverly Sports Complex, the Friars controlled the puck en route to a straightforward victory against Marist.
“We put a lot of pressure on Marist’s defense,” Fenwick coach Mark Plantery said. “We created a lot of turnovers in the offensive zone. Our forecheck was working well which always creates some problems for the other team.”
After a scoreless first period, Fenwick forward Joe Alberts scored first with a shot from the point that went off the goalie’s pad into the net with 6:45 remaining in the second period.
Forward Jack Angelini added a goal from the right side with 15:46 to go in the third period. Forward Michael Powers closed out the Friars’ scoring with a goal in traffic right in front of the net.
“Everyone was going hard and we had a lot of shots on net,” Powers said. “Hard work really pays off at the end of the game and that’s what happened today.
“It was a little rough at first and we didn’t get a lot of good bounces. Once we started picking it up and found the back of the net, it was really a relief.”
Powers has a team-high 33 points this season. He scored four goals against Mount Carmel in a 7-3 win at Ridgeland Common on Friday night.
The development of Powers plus several teammates bodes well for both the present and future of Fenwick hockey.
“We had a young team last season, but we have a lot more experience this year,” Powers said. “Everyone is stepping up and playing their roles. As long as we keep that up, we should have a very successful season.”
Goalie Emmett McEnery (who had not played in a week) also starred for the Friars. He had 21 saves against Marist.
“Today was definitely a comeback game for me to get back into my hockey rhythm,” McEnery said after the game. “I was just hoping to play my game, stop the puck and makes saves, and do whatever I could to help my team win. Offensively, we moved the puck around really well against Marist.”
Fenwick (15-16) is in second place in the Chicago Catholic League. The team believes it has a legitimate chance to not only win conference but make it to the state tournament at the United Center.
“We’ve been stepping up and doing well against the good teams,” McEnery said. “We’ve won the games that we should have won for sure. If we just play our game and don’t make mistakes, we can go pretty far in the playoffs and even have a shot at the (state) title.”