Hockey team attacks Arlington Attack


Photo by Maddie Patton

Maddie Patton, Sports Columnist

The hockey team faced off against the Arlington Attack on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Plano. It was an action-packed game, bringing the team their ninth win of the season.

The puck dropped and was passed to junior Zach Van Compernolle, who drove it down the ice and scored only 20 seconds into the game. The game was off to a good start, and both sides of the team were ready for anything their opponent threw at them. The goalie, junior Ryan O’Dell, had the fastest reflexes and blocked 11 of the 12 score attempts during the first period. This performance was spectacular, especially in comparison to other games where the other team would get ahead quickly. The team’s defense became a key component in the game as they were tied for the entire last half of the game. Each player was focused on protecting their goal, and the boys were fearlessly slamming the other team into the boards any chance they could get. Their aggression sometimes got out of hand, so the referees put many of the boys into the penalty box. Six of Plano’s players received multiple penalties throughout the game for offenses like holding, kneeing or tripping. However, the remaining players wouldn’t let Arlington gain momentum. The team’s passing and shooting were more aggressive than they had been in any other game. The score was tied 2-2 at the final buzzer, so the game went into overtime. The players spent most of time down in Arlington territory trying to shoot over and over again. Junior Christian Berteau, assisted by junior Garrett Finn, made the final score of the game.

There are six games left this season, and the hockey team needs as much support as possible. The next game is Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 pm. at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Plano.