Kilty picked up a misconduct in Monday’s 4-3 win over Cohasset when an opposing player brought his stick high toward Kilty, who thought he was just defending himself with a hit, though the referee saw it differently.
“He let it get the best of him,” Ross said. “That’s been his biggest Achilles’ heel through his whole career. But he’s matured tenfold as a person and player since the Jack Kilty I knew sophomore year two years ago. He’s come along way.”
Ronan and Ross agree that if Kilty continues to mature and dedicate himself to his craft, he can compete at the highest level.
Kilty says that he has learned to keep his mouth shut, temper his anger, and play hockey.
“Sometimes kids succeed at getting into my head,” he said. “I try to tune it out but it kind of gets hard when I get frustrated during our games. I kind of had to take it. When I get mad there are ways I can turn it into playing even better.”
The good news for Medway is that Kilty has shown up when it matters. Against a Medfield squad he calls the best team his Mustangs have played all year, Kilty notched a hat trick.
“I know I have a good game if I’m nervous and wicked twitchy,” said Kilty. “That was a game I knew I was going to do something on the ice.”
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