Pride hockey players run through their paces, fog or no fog

Junior goalie Spyro Markoulis watched from the bench as his Hofstra teammates practiced a play on a recent fog-covered day. // Ian Behnke/The Long Island Advocate.

By Ian Behnke

The Hofstra Ice Hockey Club held practice at the Freeport Recreation Center in early October, when warm weather met cold ice, causing fog to settle over team members as they ran through their drills. After a strong start to the season, including a win at the Inaugural Burning Leaves Tournament in Lake Placid, the squad regrouped after its first set of games. Led by head coach Ryan Kelly, the Pride sought to power past a tough weekend that saw them lose games against Sacred Heart and Stony Brook. Kelly drilled the players on several points, including the power play and transitions into the attacking zone.

Assistant Coach Chris Yonkers, center, instructed Devin Roye, left, and Dylan Kinzer, right, how to run a play through the fog at the Freeport Recreation Center. // All photos by Ian Behnke/The Long Island Advocate
Dan Harchut, graduate student and team captain, fastened his helmet strap in preparation for practice.
Senior Devin Roye took a knee while listening to coaching advice during a team huddle.
Senior Brendan Yerkes observed as a play was drawn out during a break.
Junior Dylan Kinzer gazed up as he rested on the bench.
Sophomore goalie Ned Stavrinides, left, heard advice from goaltending coach Sean Reilly while on the bench.
Head Coach Ryan Kelly prepared the team to start a drill.
Junior Rob Criscuolo leaned in to look over a play on Coach Kelly’s whiteboard.
Senior Devin Roye laughed at a teammate’s joke during practice.
Assistant Coach Chris Yonkers gave a thumbs up through mist-covered plexiglass.
Preparing for an upcoming game, junior Rob Criscuolo folded a freshly cleaned home jersey.