Boys, girls hockey beings season strong
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Hockey is under way for boys and girls varsity and both teams are off to a fast start on the season. The boys are a favorite for another “trek to the X” and a state title, beginning the season ranked number two according to the Let’s Play Hockey rankings. The girls are in an exciting position this year, being overwhelmed by young talent, the future looks bright.
Led by Noah Cates and Luke Manning, the boys Hockey team is filled with undeniable talent and depth. This is a team that can go four lines deep and compete with any team in the state and at the same time display remarkable finesse and silky mitts.
Junior forward Josh Long said, “The true talent of this team really shows in practice, the vision and playmaking that’s shown day-in and day-out is unbelievable.”
Leadership on the girls hockey team will be crucial this season considering the amount of underclassmen on the team. Captains will play a big role in bridging the gaps between the inexperienced and the experienced, in doing so will bring this team together and hopefully allow them to improve on an 8-15-1 record set last year.
Sophomore Grace Arkell said, “Our captains are proactively making sure everyone gets along together and they do a really good job making sure all the younger girls feel welcomed on the team.”
The boys got off to a quick start to the season beating East Ridge, Lakeville South, Roseville and Cretin-Derham Hall. They are perfect through their first four games and remain ranked #2 in the state only trailing behind projected NHL first round draft pick Casey Mittelstadt and the Eden Prairie Eagles.
Sophomore forward Adam Eisele said, “Being ranked number two in the state definitely adds a little pressure to every game, every time we take the ice we know that the whole state is watching us to see how we do.”
Ranked 20th in the state, the girls start the season 4-3 which includes an upset win over ninth ranked Cretin-Derham Hall. The girls rallied back from a 2-0 hole to beat Cretin 3-2 in overtime proving that they are not a team to be overlooked.
Arkell added, “We proved to everyone that we can skate with any team, we are for real this season and can compete with any team in the state.”
Both boys and girls hockey share one common goal and that is to bring a state championship back to Stillwater. For the boys they are still looking for their first championship in school history and if there was ever a year to bring home a state title, this is the year to do it.
“We have one goal this season and that is to bring a state championship back home to Stillwater,” said Long.