And it gives everyone a safety net. If one falters, another is ready to go.
Even if that means sitting on the bench in the biggest of games.
“It gets frustrating, but it’s good, healthy competition,” Donadio said. “It makes us better goalies. I’d rather take a win over him screwing up. I’m always happy for him, and I’m sure he’s happy for me.”
Kustra makes the difference for Natick
It helps to have your best player on the ice, as Natick coach Karl Infanger quickly found out this year.
Since senior captain Matt Kustra returned to the Redhawks, they have gone 2-1, including a pair of 3-1 wins over Bay State Conference rivals Needham and Framingham. Kustra had two goals and four assists in the two wins.
“He makes a big difference,” said Infanger. “We just couldn’t get anything going, couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The good, the bad
Before the Ed Burns Holiday Classic, set to begin Wednesday, Arlington Catholic has played just one game this season, a 5-2 win over Central Catholic that proved the Cougars might return to the Super 8 postseason conversation this winter. . . The Needham High boys’ hockey team is off to an 0-4 start for the first time in recent memory, surprising many area coaches. The Rockets have scored four goals while allowing 14.
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