Young Bucks team struggling to make playoffs

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Mansfield/Windham/Tolland - posted Fri., Feb. 10, 2012
The Bucks' Chance Foster fires a shot in E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham's 5-1 loss to Northwest Catholic on Feb. 8. Photos by Steve Smith.
The Bucks' Chance Foster fires a shot in E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham's 5-1 loss to Northwest Catholic on Feb. 8. Photos by Steve Smith.

After a disappointing 5-1 loss to Northwest Catholic on Feb. 8, Bucks hockey coach John Hodgson said his E.O.Smith/Tolland/Windham Bucks need to get some better cohesion on the ice, in order to make the state tournament. Junior forward Mike Lane had the Bucks' lone goal, as the team showed flashes of brilliance but couldn't find the right combinations.

Hodgson said his team, now 4-11, had difficulty stringing passes together, especially against NWC (10-4), which was able to cause disruptions. “We're kind of a young team that doesn't always do what it needs to do,” Hodgson said. “We're not as experienced as we have been in other years. Against a team like [Northwest], you can't make a lot of mistakes.”

Hodgson said that while the team has talented and experienced upperclassmen, overall, the team needs to improve, especially on defense in front of goalie Ben Lassow, who has had a good season.

“Our goal is always to win our league and make the state tournament,” Hodgson said. “We can't win our league now, but we can make the tournament. Our goal is always to win the next game. We just have to worry about our own business and work as hard as we can.”

Hodgson said while the team has been working well in practices, they will have to step up their game against a tough schedule. “We've got to keep finding creative ways to get the puck to the net, offensively,” he said. “We've been trying to implement things that force them to pass to each other. We've been working on a lot of fundamental things, but they are really good kids and they work hard.”

At press time, the Bucks are preparing to face Newington-Berlin (12-2) on Feb. 11 and then host East Catholic (3-8-1) on Feb. 15.
For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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