Hockey state championship game: Plano vs. West

As winter rolls on and spring begins, the hockey team ends their season with an outstanding record of 15-4 at state playoffs. Last night they went up against the undefeated Plano West hockey team, who were seeking their 3rd championship. Varsity forwards senior Jacob Lowery and junior Zack Stilinovich, managed to reach state finals for the first time.

“We played our hearts out,” Lowery said. “We almost played the perfect game.”

After a stunning 6-3 lost, the team still felt like they accomplished something big.

“This was my first time going to state,” Lowery said. “I have no regrets. We did what most people thought was impossible”

After a 4-3 win over the Plano East Panthers at regionals, the Wildcats advanced to the finals for the first time in five years. The championship game took place at the Dr. Pepper stadium in Farmers Branch.

“The crowd was intense,” Stilinovich said. “The arena was surrounded with the two colors of maroon and navy blue.”

After a tough match, the Plano West Wolves came out victorious.

“Many hearts were broken last night,” Stilinovich said. “Losing was not something we thought would ever happen, but hats off to West. They played a great game.”

The Wildcats consider this loss as a learning experience and are setting sights for next season.

“We did what we had to do,” Lowery said. “We had an amazing season. Going to State was already a huge victory for us and we hope next season will be no different.

Plano West and Plano Senior will both advance to the USAH National High School Tournament in Omaha, NE on March 27-30.