SHREWSBURY – After tying the game in the third period and going into over time, the Shrewsbury boys hockey team fell against Andover High School.
“I thought we did well. We played really well,” said Coach Rich Grant. “We worked hard. [It’s] the second game of the season. Last year, that team beat us pretty good, and I thought we hung on there. I thought we played pretty well tonight.”
Andover and Shrewsbury went head-to-head on Dec. 17 at NorthStar Ice Sports in Westborough. The Colonials tied the game in the third, but ultimately fell 3-2.
In their first game of the season earlier that week, Shrewsbury beat Billerica 4-1.
When asked about the Colonials goals for the season, Grant said the Colonials want to do well in the league.
In the short-term, Grant said Shrewsbury goal is to “stay in it,” while the team’s long-term goal is to make the playoffs and go as far as possible.
“We want to finish at the top. We want to make playoffs,” he said.
Additionally, Shrewsbury hopes to continue to grow its hockey program. Grant noted that a lot of its players are young.
“We’ve got a good, fast, talented team,” he said.
After this loss against Andover, Grant hopes the Colonials take away that they can play against whoever is on their schedule.
“It’s a good team. They did well last year,” Grant said. “My hope is that we gain confidence as the season goes on.”
He continued, “Halfway through the period, I’m like, we’re going to win more than we lose this year because it’s a good group of kids. They work hard.”
The Colonials will be playing against Chelmsford on Dec. 21 at the Chelmsford Forum.
Chelmsford stands 1-1 on the season.