Boys’ ice hockey team wins first game

By Ellie Crowley
Published: December 2008

After a string of tough seasons, including last year’s 2-18 record, the Newton South boys’ hockey team is looking towards this season with a new attitude. Headed by seniors Andrew Klegman and Danny Wheeler and junior Gabe Feldstein, the team hopes this will be the season they turn everything around.

Although the regular season has not yet begun, the captains have a clear idea of the goals they wish to present to their team. “I want the team to be completely committed to hockey. We all need to step up this year and know that if we play with passion, determination, and focus we will win more games. I think we lacked some of those things last season, Feldstein said.

One of the team’s strongest assets is its young and experienced coaching staff. Chris Ryberg, in his second year as head coach, has been with the team for the past four years, giving him the more confidence and comfort with the program and returning players. A Waltham native, Ryberg grew up playing high school hockey at Waltham High School, and he knows the league very well.

Along side Ryberg are assistants Matt Beck and John Poutas. Beck played with Ryberg at Waltham High and also played at the collegiate level at Bentley College. Poutas, a well-known name at Newton South, is the oldest of three brothers, all who have passed through the Newton School system and the Newton South Hockey program. Combined, the three coaches are trying to excite the team and make them a contender in the Dual County League.

An additional strength to the team is its large pool of freshman talent, which has so far stimulated the older players. There are five freshman additions to this years’ team: forwards Brandon Kee, Max Isberg, and Danny Fitzpatrick, defensemen Pat Mildner, and goaltender Charles Egan.

The freshmen join the ranks of juniors Max Vasiloff, Wil Mason, Mark Karetskiy, Patrick Cooney, Matt Chin, Phil Rosenberg, and Arthur Mescon, and sophomores Mitch Petracca, Eamonn O’Brien, Dean Carney, and Danny Ramin. However, the young, raw talent presents challenges for the team as a whole. “Some of our weaknesses are lack of physical strength and skill, Feldstein said. Even with only two seniors on a nineteen-man roster, the captains are confident that the younger players will step up and follow their lead.

Feldstein, the Lions’ starting goalie, has been a DCL all-star for the past two seasons, and his ability to keep the puck out of the net has kept South in many games and boosted the team to provide strong offensive support.

The team seeks to increase their physical strength as well as strategy, regularly working on both elements. Individually, the captains’ goals revolve around improving teamwork and success. “Personally, I want to stop some pucks and win some games. As a team we all need to focus on the goal, which is winning games and being in tournament contention, Feldstein added.

Alrezdy, the team has seen signs of improvement, beating Brookline High School in their first scrimmage by a score of 2-1, with the help of goals from both Klegman and Fitzpatrick.

The team also attended the Garrett Reagan High School Hockey Summit on Sunday, December 7, at the New England Sports Center, a five-rink facility in Marlborough. The sixty-team showcase gave both male and female players and coaches an opportunity to get together and participate in both shortened games and educational workshops and seminars.

“I think the Hockey Summit was a program that helped South see what it takes to be a good team. We had the chance to learn from the best in the business, and I hope that the team will respond positively, follow the paths of the speakers we heard from, and turn that into some wins this year, Feldstein said.

This season is a new beginning for the hockey team, and they are focused on putting previous seasons of disappointment behind them. With their new talent and their coaches’ familiarity with the program, the team is positive about the year to come. “We are all looking forward to this season as the beginning of a new start for South hockey, Feldstein said. “The past few seasons were pretty rough, but we know if we really work our tails off, this year we can do some serious damage.

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