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January 15, 2014

The Blue Line Report: Fenwick stays positive, hoping better days lie ahead (with video podcast)

It was so quiet inside the Bishop Fenwick locker room Saturday night that when an inadvertant stick fell from a standing position onto the floor, it sounded like a boom of thunder in the hallway of McVann-O’Keefe Rink.

Players and coaches alike were stunned, shocked, dismayed and, above all else, frustrated. Losing is one thing; losing in the fashion that they did was unacceptable to everyone wearing Fenwick colors.

But if this 11-0 loss to Austin Prep was indeed the lowest point in the season for the Bishop Fenwick hockey team, there was a definite silver lining in that the only direction the Crusaders can go is up.

”What’s done is done. You can’t sugarcoat it,” said Brian Corcoran, a first line winger and senior captain from Beverly.

”I tell the boys every day that when we’re on the ice, it’s our sanctuary. Be ready to play and stay positive,” added the 17-year-old. “It’s all about the mentality you have.”

Last Saturday’s setback dropped Fenwick to 1-7 on the season. If there was ever a team that needed a nine-day layoff, it’s this club.

”Hopefully,” senior captain Nick Finan of Salem said, “we’ll have a great week of practice, then get back at it and hopefully start to turn the corner against Matignon (Monday).”

It’s been an uphill climb for the Crusaders since they became a Division 1 program for the 2011-12 season. Since that time, they’ve gone a combined 7-39-4. The wins have come against Pentucket, Lynnfield, Matignon, and twice each against Saugus and St. Bernard’s. The one point they’ve gotten against a fellow Division 1 club was a tie with Arlington Catholic in their first season.

The Crusaders have just four seniors on the roster and upwards of 13 freshmen and sophomores who see regular ice time.

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