|More hockey for BC Flyers: Line Creek playoffs start tonight|
|Friday, 24 April 2009|
The Benedictine College hockey team is looking to put a positive end to their 2009 hockey season. With a current 6-6 record another win would put their inaugural year in good form.
While the Flyers struggled all season to get enough players to the ice to play games, it seemed like a long shot for them to make it to the postseason. But they did. The Flyers received the last remaining slot in this year’s playoffs.
The top four teams in the Line Creek 12 Oz. League qualified for postseason play. Benedictine finished a game-and-a-half ahead of the Empty Kegs to earn the last playoff spot.
They will be playing the Boozers, the No. 1 seed in this year’s postseason tournament. The Boozers handed BC its first loss of the season February 2, winning a 3-2 slugfest. The regular season champion Boozers have lost just one game all year.
With many impressive wins this year, including a five-point victory over the Mustangs April 3, it seems the Flyers might be able to scrounge up enough goals to get them into the championship.
The Flyers will play their first-ever postseason game tonight at Line Creek Arena in Kansas City at 9:10. If the Flyers can manage to escape with a win they will have exceeded many expectations.
“I thought the season went very well,” said team captain and assistant BC athletic director Mike Faucett. “We’re right at .500 for the year and made the playoffs, which is a good deal for a first year team.”
Although the Flyers had an impressive first year, they are hoping that the team will continue to grow and be around for many years to come.
Having struggled to get enough players to play games, Faucett and others have been trying to spread the word to get as many players as possible for next season.
“It’s tough to get it going, but we’re still in the process of finding out who all is interested,” Faucett said. “There is a good group of guys I know of now that are wanting to come back next season. We’re going to take it year by year and hopefully build on it each year.”
With the success the Flyers had this season, another season to follow it up would do wonders in the attempt to recruit players.
“I have talked to many freshmen that are interested in playing, so I believe we can keep the team going,” said Faucett. “There’s still work that is ongoing but it looks to be shaping up.”
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