Captains’ hockey braces for conference tournament

The Captains look to finish the regular season strong before entering their conference tournament. Courtesy of Brandon Finch

The Captains look to finish the regular season strong before entering their conference tournament. Courtesy of Brandon Finch

The Captains hockey team has had yet another strong season up to this point, as they hold a 15-6 record with 11 games left to go. For those who haven’t been, the home games at the Hampton Roads IcePlex are electric, as CNU students pile in and pack the small area in the Iceplex between the glass and the wall to root on their Captains. Fans from the opposing teams are right next to our fans, and the game features plenty of chants and of course, banging on the glass.

After a winning record last season, including the Blue Ridge Hockey Conference championship, the Captains once again look to be a force in the playoffs, which start Feb. 7. They are led by leading scorers forwards Kyle Jahn and Shane Kehl, who have combined for 44 of the Captains’ 97 goals this season. While those two have been lighting the lamp, they have also been distributing the puck as well, with 20 assists for Jahn and 13 for Kehl. Teammates defenseman Brad Kostrzebski and forward Alex Howell join them in having double-digit assists this season.

The Captains split their games last weekend, defeating Pittsburg-Johnstown in a 7-6 nail-biter in which Kehl notched two goals and defenseman Matthew Scott also added a goal while laying out plenty of hits. On Nov. 24, the Captains fell to Richard Stockton College 5-2. Their next game will be this weekend as the team travels to take on George Mason and Old Dominion University, just down I-64. They hope to add to their strong record and land a top seed in the conference tournament.  The Captains have scored 98 goals and only allowed 68, as their average goals allowed per game this season is a stout 4.5. They are 9-3 at home, but look to improve their 6-3 road record this weekend.