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Hockey: Three Things Learned

Updated: January 23, 2014 5:45PM

1. Hope for Brother Rice. The Crusaders are struggling at the varsity level, posting a 3-11-0-1 mark in the Catholic League through Wednesday. Rice has a young squad, with many players logging double duty between varsity and junior varsity levels. The good news?The junior varsity squad sits atop the standings at 8-1-1, which provides hope that better days are ahead at the varsity level.

2. Providence is a scoring machine. Not only are the Celtics atop the Catholic League standings at 13-0-1, they boast eight players among the league’s top 25 point producers: Rich Yusa (23 points, fourth place), Ben Brandau (21, fifth), Dan Ricker (16, 15th), Mike Vennetti Jr. (15, tied 17th), Matt Iaciancio (15, tied 17th), Andy Guth (13, 21st), Jake Dillman (12, tied 22nd) and Matt Payton (12, tied 22nd). No other local team has a single player among the top 25.

3. Keep an eye on St. Rita. The Mustangs started slow in the Catholic League under first-year coach Brian Coleman, but recently defeated Benet, Mount Carmel, St. Ignatius and Marist in succession. The 3-2 win over Benet, which won 10 of its first 13 games, on Dec. 6 proves the Mustangs are capable of making a run to the Kennedy Cup come playoff time.

Pat Disabato

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