Dragons hockey programs in middle of pack, look to move up

06/09/2014 3:05 PM

06/09/2014 3:06 PM

With roughly half of the summer hockey season already wrapped up, the Carroll varsity and junior varsity programs are both sitting middle of the pack in their leagues, but with great potential for upward mobility.

A come-from-behind victory against Grapevine/Colleyville Heritage on Thursday night bumped the varsity team's record to 3-2, which was good enough for a two-way tie for second place in the Varsity South Division standings.

Jeff Rucci and Luke Peddicord scored two goals each in the game for the Dragons, and Tyler Hamilton and Mike Walsh had a goal and an assist each against Grapevine/Colleyville Heritage.

The varsity squad has two of the top 10 scorers in the league, with Ben Bledsoe (10 points) and Blake Taylor (eight points), and the team has a big opportunity this coming Thursday to gain some ground in their division.

Carroll takes on Jesuit, the team with which it is tied for second place in the South Division, at 6:30 p.m. at the Euless Star Center Green Arena on Thursday night.

Carroll defeated Jesuit 7-5 on May 8 this season and a victory would assure the Dragons sole possession of second place in the division, with last place Denton County on the horizon next on Sunday night.

For the JV squad, a 3-2 loss to Highland Park on Sunday moved the Dragons to 2-2 on the season and in sixth place out of 10 teams in the JV South Division standings.

James Gibson and Scott Joy both scored goals in the game against the Scots, and Steven McNamara picked up an assist.

The Dragons are just two spots back of fourth in the district standings and are looking to make some serious noise in the second half of summer play, led by Evan Layton (three goals, two assists) and Lucas Brolley (two victories, .87 save percentage).

Carroll is only two points out of fourth place in the division at the moment, and will have the opportunity to make that up next Sunday against Birdville.

Birdville is ranked lower in the division than Carroll so far this season, and if the Dragons are going to get back to the top capacity team they are going to need to beat those teams they are capable of beating.

The game against Birdville will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday at the Euless Star Center Gold Arena.

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