Orland Park’s Barrett’s Holy Cross hockey team struggling but making some history
Orland Park’s Mike Barrett started his college hockey career on a team with a sub-par 4-13-2 record.
But Barrett and Holy Cross haven’t been at a loss for excitement at the Worcester, Mass campus.
The former Marist High School student and his teammates have enjoyed a wild ride so far this season. That included:
• A 5-4 victory over Boston College, which was ranked seventh in the nation at the time, on Nov. 29 in Boston. Barrett had two goals and an assist in that game.
It was the first time Holy Cross ever beat BC and it’s the first time Boston College ever lost to an Atlantic Hockey team.
“It was unbelievable,” Barrett told reporters after the game. “Everyone in hockey knows the talent and prestige of the BC hockey team so it makes the win that much better.
“I can’t give enough credit to Matt Vidal, Castan Sommer, and Joe McNamara for the goals. Joe set up the first one and my linemates (Vidal and Sommer) made the second one possible; all the credit goes to them.”
• A 3-2 loss to Bentley.
This wasn’t an average loss to an Atlantic Hokey opponent. This was a battle that took place Dec. 27 at Fenway Park in Boston as a part of the Citi Frozen Fenway event.
• A 4-1 loss to Yale. The Crusaders dropped the decision to 11th-ranked Yale Dec. 29 in front of a sold out crowd at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. It was the first time the program faced a defending national champion.
Although Barrett didn’t register an assist, his pass to teammate Catan Sommer helped set up the Crusaders’ lone goal of the night after a flurry near the Bulldogs’ net.
Through the Crusaders’ first 17 games of the season, Barrett had four goals and four assists for eight points, which tied him for fourth on the team.
After the Boston College victory, Barrett was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week.
Barrett has some hockey blood in his family. His great uncle is Bob Pulford, a former Blackhawks executive who is a Hall of Fame NHL player.
Last year, he completed a season for the Jersey Hitmen, which won the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Dineen Cup in March.Barrett finished the season with 11 goals and 24 assists in 42 contests.where he scored two goals in an 8-2 victory over the Islanders Hockey Club in the third game of a two-out-of-three series to win the Dineen Cup.
His sister, Monicka, is a former figure skater who turned to hockey after watching Mike. She is a senior at Marist and a member of the Chicago Fury club team.