The East Boston High School hockey team will kick off its season on Sunday at 9 a.m. in a game against O’Bryant at Matthew’s Arena in Boston.
The team started practicing the Monday after the Thanksgiving Holiday and coach Bob Anthony said his team’s ready to go.
“We still have some work to do but the team is way better than it was last year,” said Anthony. “We have four seniors that have been skating together for a few years now so the goal is to put the puck in the net and keep it out of ours.”
Last season the Jets were 4-16 but lost three games by only one goal and several other games were close.
Senior Shawn O’Halloran will be in net again this year and with seniors like Brandon Scales playing the team should be able to hold their own in the division.
One player to watch is transfer student William Akerson. Akerson played for Division 1 Archbishop Williams last season before coming over to the Jets through the schools co-op program with South Boston High School.
“He’s got wheels on him…he’s very fast on the ice,” said Anthony about Akerson.
However, senior Pat Sullivan, who suffered a concussion last season, is still out on injury and losing this talented senior has dealt an offensive blow to the team
“He’s one of our star players and scored 18 goals for us last year,” said Anthony. “But I think we still have a good nucleus of seasoned veterans that can get us through the season.”