Since the start of 2023, the Freehold Township High School hockey team has been on a winning streak.

The Patriots (8-3) won their seventh straight, defeating a co-op team featuring players from Freehold High School, Colts Neck High School and Raritan High School, 7-3, on Jan. 20 at Howell Ice Arena in Howell.

The Patriots’ winning streak is a testament to their will to win, coach Ian Fahey said.

“Kids don’t quit,” he said. “They have the drive and desire to learn from their successes and mistakes. It was one heck of a ride. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

Fahey, who is a graduate of Freehold Township, has been a coach in the program for nine years.

Senior captains Michael Craft, Peyton Libros and Jake Butler are leading the way this season, according to the coach.

Kraft took his game to the next level with 17 goals and nine assists. All of his marks in the 2022-2023 season are career highs. Kraft scored 14 goals during the team’s seven-game winning streak.

Butler scored two goals and added five assists while Libros scored two goals and added two assists.

“They set the tone in our locker room and they’ve all helped us get on this path,” Fahey said of the team’s senior captains. “They all turned into great hockey players.”

Two freshmen who have made an impact are Hayden Nubile (forward) and Jason Maietta (goalie).

Nubile provided a huge spark on offense, scoring 13 goals and adding seven assists.

In net, Maietta stepped up to anchor the defense, Fahey said. The freshman has helped the Patriots hold opponents to less than three field goals per game.

Mayette and the Patriots held opponents to less than two field goals per game during their seven-game winning streak.

“Everything is going well for us. Everybody comes together to do their part when we’re five-on-five on the ice,” Fahey said.

Juniors Lucas Palm and Tyler Palm are putting together strong campaigns.

Lucas is a forward who has scored three goals and leads the team with 10 assists.

Tyler is a defenseman who scored two goals and added nine assists.

Sophomore Giovanni Scalia scored five goals and added seven assists, while James Caldwell-Withrow scored four goals and added two assists.

The Patriots are averaging just under five goals per game.

After going 14-9-3 in 2018-19, the Patriots had losing seasons in 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. In two of the last three seasons, the team failed to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament and the state tournament.

Thanks to an 8-3 start, the Patriots are working hard to qualify for the Shore Conference tournament and the state tournament and post the program’s first winning season in four years.

“When we control what we can control, our possibilities are endless,” Fahey said. “It was great to see this team come together and play as a team. They win as a team and are getting better every day.”

On January 26, Freehold Township will host South Brunswick High School.

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