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Hockey Team Facing Tough Road Trip
Lucas Saunders '13
Staff Reporter

The Durfee hockey team currently has the toughest part of their schedule, playing on the road for four games in a row. It hasn't been a good start after losing two very disappointing games.  

The first road game of the year was up in Taunton to take on the Tigers on December 29. The game started off ugly as Durfee fell behind 3-0 after the first period. "It was definitely the worst period we've played all year," said Durfee coach Kevin Robinson. "I told the guys that they better play the best two periods of the year to finish the game strong or else it would be a long week of practice".

Durfee was able to play better defensively, only letting up one goal in the next two periods. The problem was getting on the scoreboard once again. Durfee fell to Taunton 4-0, but possibly played their best two periods of the year, despite being down after the first.

The team couldn't dwell for long on the Taunton loss, as they had only a week to prepare for their game against Brockton on January 5. It was a tough week of practice for the boys due to most of the team being out sick or playing sick.

On the day of the game, the Toppers were missing four players due sickness, including goaltender Ryan Levasseur. On the bright side, however, senior captain Tyler Amaral was finally cleared for his first game back and played goalie in place of Levasseur. It was a great effort made by Amaral but the team didn't support him much as Brockton crushed Durfee 10-1. Junior captain John Bonanca scored the only goal for the Toppers.

"I felt like the team needed a day off to rest their bodies and try to overcome the sickness going around. The boys work hard and have been playing through much adversity throughout the season " said Robinson after he cancelled a practice on January 7.

The team gets back to practice Tuesday night as they prepare for two more road games coming up this week against Bishop Feehan on Wednesday, and Minnechaug on Saturday. The Toppers will be back home January 17 in a high spirited game against Somerset.