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Old Bridge High School’s ice hockey team is looking to rebuild this winter after going 11-9-1 a year ago.


The Knights have several veterans back but will feature a young squad that will likely include several freshmen as the season progresses. Old Bridge opened the season with six players on the injured list and three others who have not joined the team yet since their fall seasons only recently concluded.


Knights coach John Hughes said. “We have some work to do, but it’s still early. We have to incorporate our younger guys into the lineup and come together as a team.”

The Knights will look to Hernandez — a senior who pumped home 11 goals and added 11 assists a year ago — to lead the scoring. Anthony Ferrero, another senior, scored three goals and two assists last season. Sophomore Heather Figueroa showed offensive ability and is coming off a four-goal, seven-assist freshman year. Martha Dzieniszewska showed promise, picking up four assists as a freshman.  Dom Hospidor, who had been playing for the Knights’ football team, will move up from the junior varsity team to play forward.

Defensively, the Knights will rely heavily on senior Jack Morris, who scored two goals to go with four assists, and junior Kevin Haslach. Both missed the opener with injuries. Hughes will work to solidify the back line as the season progresses.

Newcomer Andreas Pawlus is expected to share the netminding duties with senior Mathieu Schroeder. Pawlus turned in a .909 save percentage last season, while Pawlus made 31 saves in the loss to Edison.

“We’re a little smaller than in the past, but I still want to play a more aggressive physical game,” Hughes said. “We’ll be competitive. Right now, we have to focus on getting better and for the younger players adjusting to varsity competition.”