Four Lightning Teams Win Semis and Advance to Championship Round
Congratulations to the McKinney Lightning Squirt, Bantam Major, Midget Minor and Midget Major teams for finishing first in the semi round of the DSTHL playoffs and advancing to the Championship Round.
The Squirts lost their first semi-final game 4 to 5 to the Dallas Oilers, but bounced back to defeat San Antonio 4 to 2, the Allen Americans 4 to 1, and the Tulsa Oilers 3 to 1 and finished with the most points in the semi-final rounds. The team will play the Dallas Oilers in the best of three Championship Round.
Bantam Major defeated the Texas Jr. Stars 2 to 1 and then lost to the Houston Wild 3 to 1. The next day the team defeated DJHA 2 to 1 and the Allen Americans 1 nothing to secure the most points in the semis and to advance to the Championship Round against DJHA.
Midget Minor won all four games in the semis, defeating San Antonio 5 to 1, Houston Wild 3 to 1, DJHA 3 to 1, and the Allen Americans 4 to 2. The team will play the Americans in the Championship Round.
Midget Major won all three of its games, defeating the Texas Jr. Stars 5 to 3, BAHHA 3 to 2, and the Texas Aces 3 to 2. The team will play the Aces in the Championship Round.
Congratulations to the McKinney Varsity team for winning the Texas High School State Championship for the blended division.
The team started the State Tournament out rough, losing to Frisco 5 to 1. That defeat could easily have upended the boys' dreams of winning states. They bounced back in game two, defeating Grapevine/Colleyville 4 to 1. Frisco lost that morning 3 to 2 to Plano West, which helped the team's chances.
Midway through its final preliminary round game against Plano West, the team learned that Frisco had lost to Grapevine/Colleyville. That loss meant McKinney would advance to the Championship Game with a win or a loss in overtime or a shootout. Plano West did not make it easy, going up 2 nothing on McKinney. Brendon McMahon and Jeff Kavulich scored in the second period to tie it, but Plano West scored a goal with 9:11 left in the third. Just when things looked bleak, Garrett Jackson (with help from Devon Naphan and Kyle Hogue) scored to tie the game with 1:22 left. The boys held on and took the game to overtime and then a shootout. Although they lost in the shootout, it was like a win since it put the team in the Championship Game.
The next day, the team took on Plano West in the Arena at Frisco to the roar of a strong McKinney crowd. The boys fed off of the fans and went up two nothing off of an even strength goal by Brandon Sizemore and a shorthanded goal by Alex Parisi. Plano West scored two powerplay goals to tie the game with 9:31 left in the third. Jim Kavulich scored with 4:48 left in the game to give the team a 3 to 2 lead and the team held on for the win over Plano West, a perennial powerhouse.
The team advances to its first National Tournament, which will be held March 19-23 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Below is video of the final 30 seconds of the Championship Game.
Players on the team playing in the State Championship:
McKinney Boyd Players
McKinney High Players
McKinney North Players
Daniel Mignault - Jack E. Singley Academy (Irving ISD)
Trevor McLain - Prosper
Players on Varsity During Season or Who Played in State Playdown Games
Tyler Valdron - Boyd
Eric Hagood - Boyd
Kyle Tilley - Prosper
The pictures below were taken by the Boyd Spur. The publication can be found at www.boydspur.com and on Twitter at @BoydSpur.
Congratulations to the McKinney Lightning Midget Minor for winning the Regular Season Championship for the Green Division of the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League. The team finished the season ahead of seven other teams, going 19-2-0 for the DSTHL season. The team out scored its opponents 112 to 29. The team has also won two tournaments this year, including the local Texas Shootout and the Can/Am Challenge Cup in Las Vegas.
McKinney IHC Participates in Stars Alumni Community Chest Game
Joshua Ray and Jack Eaton at Last Year's Game
The McKinney Ice Hockey Club once again encourages its players and families to support the Dallas Stars Alumni Community Chest Charity Game. Last year, a number of McKinney players raised funds to support a local hockey player who had lost his parents and brother in a car accident on the way to a hockey tournament. Because of the efforts of youth hockey players, $21,000 was raised for college scholarships for him and his sister. Three of McKinney's players, Jack Eaton, Isaac Wieland and Joshua Ray, were selected to play in the Alumni Game, getting on the ice with Modano, Benn, Turco, and many others.
This year, the Alumni Association is raising funds for Defending the Blue Line, which is an organization that ensure that children of military members are able to play hockey. This includes sending kids of servicemen and women to hockey camps, paying for local hockey association fees, and providing hockey equipment. Funds raised through the Community Chest Charity Game will be used to help Texas military families keep their kids on the ice.
The process to raise funds is easy. Simply click here to set up a fundraising page. Then share that page with people and ask them to donate. You can email it to family and friends, post it on Facebook, or many other ways. Anyone who donates $55.00 will also get two tickets to the Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues game on March 15th. The Alumni Game, which will feature Stars and Blues Alumni this year, will be played immediately following the Stars Game.
Every youth player that creates a fundraising page has a chance to get selected to play in the Alumni Game, no matter how much they raise. The more you raise, the more chance you have of being one of 10 individuals randomly selected to play in the game. In addition, the top 3 youth fundraisers will be selected, along with the to 2 fundraisers that generate the most $55 donations, and the youth fundraiser who generates the greatest number of individual donors.
Even if you choose not to set up your own page, you can donate to another McKinney player's page. All of the contributions are tax deductible. To donate, click here.
The McKinney Ice Hockey Club has a long history of giving back to the community. We hope that you will support that tradition by participating in this worthwhile event. If you have basic questions, please email
. If you have more detailed questions regarding the Alumni Association and this effort, including in depth or legal questions, email
A short recap of last year's Alumni Game
Video of last year's Stars Alumni Game. McKinney players Jack Eaton, Isaac Wieland and Joshua Ray all skated with the Stars Alumni.
Below is a short video of the players before the game. After the game, the participants were able to visit with the Alumni and get autographs.
With 2014 portion of the 2014-15 season complete, the McKinney Ice Hockey Club is having an outstanding year.
In DSTHL Divisions where a bye into the playoffs is possible (divisions with more than 5 teams), three of the four teams have secured a bye and the other is currently leading its division.
McKinney's Midget Minor team is 16-1-0 in league play. With three games left, the team only needs one more regulation win (or a regulation loss by the Americans or a loss of any type by DJHA) to secure the Green Division Regular Season Championship. The team has an outstanding record of 30 wins, 2 regulation losses, one overtime loss, and one tie against all Midget teams it has played. Two of those losses have come from AA teams, while the team has won multiple games against AA teams. This team also won the Texas Shootout in September and the Can/Am Challenge Cup in Las Vegas. The team made it to the Semi-Final Round of the Coyotes Cup Tournament U16 AA Division in Phoenix.
The Bantam Major team is currently in first place in the Bantam Green Division, with a record of 8-4-2. With 6 games remaining, the team is 5 points away from securing a bye in the playoffs. The team won the Rolling Thunder AA Tournament in St. Louis, came in second at the Texas Shootout and made it to the semi-finals of the AA 14U Division of the Coyotes Cup Tournament in Phoenix, after defeating four AA or AAA bantam teams.
The Bantam Minor team, one of only two or three 2001 only teams in the Metroplex, is currently second in its division with 5 games remaining. The team has a league record of 10-4-1 and has beaten every team in its division at least once. The team has secured a bye in the playoffs.
The Pee Wee team has also secured a bye in the playoffs. It is currently in 2nd place in the Green Division and is guaranteed a top three finish for the regular season. The team still has its sights set on finishing first though.
The Squirt team is in a five team division, so there are no byes to secure, but it is battling Tulsa for first place. The team currently has a 11-2-1 record in league play. The team won the Texas Shootout.
The Midget Major team is second in the Green Division, which has four teams. The team did well at AA tournaments in Phoenix and St. Louis and came in second at the Texas Shootout.
On the High School side of hockey, the McKinney teams are also having a successful year.
Varsity is currently in third place in a fifteen team division with a record of 9-3-0. The team has allowed the fewest number of goals in league play.
JV Gold is also in third place, with a record of 8-3-1.
JV Silver is near the bottom of the standings, but is still having a successful year. The team mainly consists of 8th Grade students and almost all first time high school hockey players. This year is also the first time that McKinney has had three high school teams, which makes it one of only three clubs to have three teams. It is sometimes challenging to compete against the clubs having a team in the Silver Division that is mainly made up of older or more experienced players, some of whom also play on their club's Varsity team, but the team has had some competitive game and is focused on the future. By bringing new players into the high school program, the club looks to give them the opportunity to grow as players and to be prepared to play at a higher level in future years.
Our teams were not able to win the cup at this year's Coyotes Cup Tournament, but several teams did very well and they all played hard in their AA divisions.
Midget Minor came out of the preliminary round in first place after defeating the Anaheim Jr. Ducks AA 98 team 2 to 1 and their 99 AA team 5 to 3. The first game looked like it was headed to a tie until Nick Lazzaro scored with 6 seconds left to give the team two points. The second game was tied at 2 going into the third period after goals by Eric Eaton and Kyle McEnany, but Connor Blend, Miles Allsopp-Shiner, and Eric Hagood scored third period goals to give the team the win. The team fell behind in its final preliminary game with Team New Mexico, but Neil Moisan scored midway in the third period to give the Lightning a tie. In the semi-final round game against the Utah Golden Eagles, the team went down by two in the first minute of the second period. Bryce Branch scored a goal to make it a one goal game, but the Eagles went back up by two. Radford Cook scored to make it a one goal game going into the third. The team pulled its goalie and saw the Eagles score an empty net goal with 70 seconds left. The team didn't give up though. Kyle McEnany scored with 7 seconds left to make it a frantic final minute. Unfortunately the final goal they needed eluded them.
Bantam Major largely dominated in the preliminary round and finished as the only undefeated team in the prelim round. They started the tournament off with a 3 to 1 win over the Jr. Coyotes 00 AA team. They followed that up with a 4 nothing win over the Arizona Bobcats AAA 01 team. The next day, the team out shot the Jr. Coyotes 01 AA team 25 to 10, but had to hang onto a 2 to 1 win with Judson McGrath getting both goals. In the final game, the team defeated Arizona Hockey Union 00 AA team 4 nothing with goals by Klose, Jensen, Hirschy and McGrath. The team battled the entire semi-final game against the Jr. Coyotes 00 AA team, but lost 3 nothing. Congrats to Sam Biks (with the support of the team) for the two shutouts.
Midget Major lost two games, but had a good tournament. The team started out going down 2 to 1 against the Firebirds 18U AA team, but Kevin Ely tied it up in the third. It stayed that way until the Firebirds scored for the win with 1 minute remaining. The next game got away from them with a 5 to 1 loss against the Arizona Hockey Union's 18U AA team. The team bounced back the next day with a 4 to 1 victory over AHSHA Premier's team. Sizemore, Faranetta, Mackie and Piekarski got the goals. In the final game, the team was down by two going into the third period. Aidan Everett and Jordan Brown scored in the first three minutes of the third to give the team a 3-3 tie with the Utah Golden Eagles 18U AA team.
This past Friday the McKinney Ice Hockey Club hosted its former McKinney Varsity players and their families for an Alumni Game at the McKinney StarCenter. Current year seniors were also able to participate.
A special thanks to the StarCenter for providing the ice and the former bar area for a reception. The club hosted a reception for the parents and players before the game.
When the players took the ice, it was just like old times with players cutting up (and Ty Holt taking 4 minute shifts just like old times). Some players have been on skates a little more than others, but in the end they all made it through the game with no-checking and modified rules. The game went up and down with one team going up by four and then the other tying it up and going up by two. After regulation the game was tied at nine all, sending it to a 5 round shootout. The home team won after scoring two in the shootout.
MIHC thanks our Alumni as well as all their parents that spent a lot of money for their kids to play and the ones that dedicated hundreds of hours to support the club for making the club what it is today.