The 2016-2017 Season didn’t get off to quite the start that the Rice Prep Knights had envisioned. The Knights came out of the gate with an 0-6 record and plenty of question marks early in the season. However, Head Coach Dennis Vickers, didn’t feel the team’s record told the entire story. “There is no such thing as moral victories at this level…you either win or you lose. However, I do not believe our record early was indicative of how we played.” Coach Vickers continues, “we had a lot of new players still finding their way and getting acclimated to the school, level of play, etc.”
The first 6 games of the season also found the Knights on the road for those first 6 contests. Dropping back to back road games at Middlesex Bears, Bridgton Academy, and the Northern Cyclones. The Knights were looking forward to getting a little of experience at home, and it turns out, that was exactly what the Knights needed to right the ship.
The Knights found themselves with 4 weekends (13 games) in a row at home to help get things going in the right direction. It all started with an exhibition victory over St. Michael’s School (ON). The Knights would drop the next contest vs. St. Michael’s, but found themselves on the right side of a 3-2 victory over Ulysse Prep to finish with a 2-1 opening home weekend. Next up, the Knights found themselves with a home split vs. Northwood School. As a member of the MPHL, the Knights hosted the opening MPHL Kick-Off Classic. The MPHL schedule always presents a challenge, and this weekend was no different. The Knights opened with a victory over Shady Side Academy, but dropped 3 in a row vs. Gilmour Academy, Lake Forest Academy, and Loyola Academy. The Knights finished off the weekend with a Tie vs. St. Francis High School. Finally, the Knights completed their homestand with W’s over Lawrenceville School and Worcester Academy.
Next weekend the boys go back on the road to Stanstead for another weekend of MPHL play. “It’s always difficult to go on the road and play 4 games, especially against MPHL teams the like of: Stanstead College, Ridley College, St. Michael’s School, and Bishop’s College. I believe the boys have learned from these experiences, and are up to the challenge,” concluded Vickers.
See Highlights from the Lawrenceville School and Worcester Academy games below: