MSC hockey team might still be Fenway-bound
Mount St. Charles head coach Bill Belisle, shown holding the state championship trophy his team won last March at Providence College's Schneider Arena, might see his team playing at Fenway Park in January -- if they can find an opponent in the next couple of weeks.
A note to Mount St. Charles Academy hockey fans: Donâ€™t scrap those plans to watch the Mounties play at Fenway Park just yet.
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In whatâ€™s been a roller coaster day that began with an online report from a Boston media outlet stating that Boston College High, not the Mounties, would play Catholic Memorial in a high school showdown on Jan. 14 at the home of the Boston Red Sox, Mount coach Dave Belisle received a bit of good news late Thursday night.
Belisle and Mount athletic director Richard Lawrence spoke to the directors from Fenway Sports Management, which is conducting Frozen Fenway 2012, and FSM promised them that it would arrange to give the defending four-time state champs some ice time if they were able to find an opponent to play them in the next couple of weeks.
â€śIf everything works out, we will be playing at Fenway Park,â€ť admitted Belisle. â€śFenway Sports was pretty sympathetic to the fact that we were left out in the cold, and they have been working diligently to try to accommodate us in any way possible. They do not want to see kids disappointed.
â€śThey can arrange to give us some ice time up there if we can get an opponent, and thatâ€™s the good news. We will be actively pursuing one and we will have to look at a non-league opponent so we donâ€™t affect the league schedule.â€ť
The online report noted that longtime rivals C.M. and B.C. High were going to face off in the first game of a special â€śBoston rivalryâ€ť doubleheader at 3 p.m. that was going to be followed by a marquee Hockey East matchup between Northeastern and Boston College.
This doubleheader was going to be the second of two twinbills at Fenway, with the first taking place the previous Saturday, Jan. 7, and featuring Vermont against Massachusetts at 4 p.m. and New Hampshire playing Maine at 7:30 p.m.
When word spread that the Mounties were out of the Fenway picture, Belisleâ€™s cell phone rang off the hook throughout the day. Belisle, who was caught off-guard by the news, was understandably upset and disappointed with it, but after his and Lawrenceâ€™s conversations with FSM, he was finally able to take a deep breath and crack a smile.
â€śItâ€™s upsetting when youâ€™re promised something of this magnitude and then you donâ€™t get it,â€ť offered Belisle. â€śBut right now, weâ€™re just appreciative that the Fenway group is still considering us. They came forth and they didnâ€™t have to [accommodate us]. But now itâ€™s up to us. Weâ€™re in charge of our own destiny, and we have to find an opponent.â€ť
If the Mounties can land an opponent, they will most likely take the ice at noon or 1 p.m. before the C.M.-B.C. High game.