There is little doubt that the
Bishop Eustace Prep School ice hockey team will score
goals, but with the best in the state dominating the
Crusaders' schedule, it may not be enough.
Bishop Eustace finished 7-12 last
season, barely retaining its place in the National A
division -- the top competitive flight in the state --
with the likes of powerhouse programs like Brick
Township and reigning state champion Seton Hall Prep
twice during the season.
"It's a very competitive division
with very competitive schools," said Bishop Eustace
coach Michael Green, whose team opens its season today
with a home game against St. Joseph's-Metuchen at Twin
Rinks in Pennsauken. "The travel is going to be tough on
Green is relying on his two
returning senior offensive stars, forwards Anthony Nordo
and Bobby Beauchamp, to provide the Crusaders' punch.
Both were all-state last season, with Nordo a first-team
Green is hoping to establish a fast
pace, accentuating the skating speed and skill of Nordo
"The more Nordo and Beauchamp are
out in the open, the better off we'll be," he said.
Youth and inexperience make the
defensive side of the ice uncertain for Eustace,
Sophomore Evan Kostka will start in
goal for the second season, but junior transfer Gregg
Ball also will see considerable ice time, according to