Lots of ice is the only way to describe this past weekend. Unfortunately practices and games were canceled, but our kids made up for it skating on the roads or sledding down golf course hills. Only one game was able to be played this past week, but what a game it was.
The McKinney JV team went down 1 to 0, but Ethan McKinley tied it up in the first on a shorthanded goal. McKinney was down 4 to 1 at the start of the third period and things were looking bleak. Trent Harlin then scored at the 2:56 mark of the third to make it a two goal game. Trent immediately scored again, but some how the ref, who was standing right beside the net, missed it. Cameron Bazis deflected in a shot from Trevor McLain at the 6:22 mark to make it a one goal game. Then at 8:18 McLain fed Kyle ("Benoit") Hogue who tied the game up at 4. At 10:14, Sean Boyle completed the comeback when he scored the game winner. Royce Allred got the win in net.
We have been remiss the past couple weeks with updates. Over Thanksgiving three of our teams played up a division in the Stars' Fall Roundup. The squirt team and both pee wee teams walked away with quality wins over teams in higher DSTHL divisions. The bantam team lost in the championship game of the ITC Thanksgiving tournament after defeating the top Aces team 4 to 1, and Team Houston 4 to 2. The team tied OKC.
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Week Eight Recap
McKinney Lightning Game Update
Three game weekends, especially out of town ones, are never easy (just ask the non-DFW clubs), but the Lightning did alright this weekend.
Midget Minor has come on strong lately and showed that by winning two games in Odessa and being in the other game to the very end. After a long drive to Odessa in the morning, the team was down by one going into the second. Garrett Jackson scored to tie the game, but San Antonio retook the lead and then went up by two. Miles Allsopp-Shiner scored on a penalty shot in the third to make it a one goal game, but the team ran into penalty trouble and watched San Antonio score on a 5 on 3 powerplay. The team didn’t give up and Eric Eaton scored with 59 seconds left to make it a one goal game. Time ran out for the team though when San Antonio scored an empty net goal with 24 seconds left.
In their second game that day, the team took off fast. Dylan Dennis scored two and Sean Boyle and Garrett Jackson scored to give the Lightning a 4 to 1 lead in the first. Dennis got his third goal later and McKinney defeated Allen 5 to 1. In their morning game the next day, the team watched Odessa go up 1 to nothing, but then scored 7 consecutive goals to take a 7 to 1 lead--Dennis, Travis Walters, Allsopp-Shiner, Devon Naphan, Alex Parisi, Radford Cook, and Dennis scoring. Odessa tried to make a comeback, scoring two, but Garrett Jackson scored to secure the 8 to 3 win.
I don’t have the score sheets, so I don’t know which goalies played which games. My favorite text from the person updating me in Odessa was his color commentary when Allen’s shot rang off the post. He said, “Superior goaltending scares the puck to the post.”
The squirt team went up to OKC for three games trying to stay undefeated. They made it through the first two games fine, winning the first one 6 to 4 (Hunter Brown, Josh Shelton, Karter Robertson, Chase Weber (2), and Wills Maggart), and the second one 4 to 1 (Joshua Shelton with two, Peyton Yoder and Crash Emery). Both goalies picked up wins. The next morning, the team went up 2 to 0 off of goals by Caleb Hames and Lars Krause, but OKC scored two goals to tie it in the third and then won 19 seconds into OT. So, the squirts lose their first game in the ninth game of the season but continue the streak of picking up points in each game.
The Pee Wee – McBey team tried to keep their perfect record intact with three games, but 7 games in two weeks proved to be a little too much. In the first game, the Wolves took a first period lead, but CJ Bachman tied it up in the second. The Wolves retook the lead 50 seconds later, but Noah Schleicher scored a shorthanded goal to tie it up late in the 2nd. The Wolves went back up one minute into the third period and, despite many close calls, the Lightning could not get the puck past the Wolves’ goaltender, losing 2 to 3.
In their second game of the weekend, the Lightning went up 2 to 0 in the third period (9 seconds apart) off of goals by Noah Schleicher and Tucker McDonald (pointstreak says Lawler, but I am pretty sure it was McDonald). Tulsa scored immediately thereafter and then tied it up on a powerplay. With less than three minutes left to play, Lance Szeremet scored the winning goal and the Lightning handed Tulsa its first loss of the season. In the next game, Tulsa to an early 4 goal lead before Szeremet and Schleicher could score for the Lightning. The team eventually lost 5 to 2.
In the bantam game, the refs only had eyes for the McKinney team. The team, which was shorthanded for the game, took a 2 to 1 lead in the first off of goals by Kyle Hogue and Eric Hagood, but came apart a little in the second and eventually lost 6 to 2. Troupe Shelton officially faced 38 shots, but it was likely more.
McKinney High School Teams
Varsity picked up its second straight win, with a 3 to 1 win over Birdville. Jeff Kavulich started the scoring for McKinney on a power play at the 5:09 mark of the first period. Birdville tied it up early in the second, but Garrett Jackson and Andrew DeNome scored 13 seconds apart in the second period. Daniel Mignault earned the win, stopping 30 of 31
JV lost 4 to 2 to Marcus. Kyle Tilley picked up a goal in his first game with the team. Ethan McKinley scored the other. Royce had a good game in net, stopping 27.
The McKinney Ice Hockey Club will hold its annual high school alumni game on Sunday, December 29th, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the McKinney StarCenter. Given the number of players that have been showing up to play in the game recently, this year we are limiting the game to alumni and current seniors. In addition, anyone interested in playing must pre-register by filing out the form found here. The event is free, but space is limited.
Pee Wee – Burkhart won two more games this weekend, improving its league record to 9-0-0. In the first game, the Lightning defeated the Aces 01 team for the second time this season. Jack Eaton, Luke DeHaven and Mikey Kennedy scored to secure the 3 to 2 victory. In the second game, the team had a wild first period, with Jack Eaton scoring the first goal and then watching BAHHA take a 2 to 1 lead. Mikey Kennedy tied the game and Keiran Naphan gave the Lightning a 1 goal lead. BAHHA came back to tie it late in the first. In the second period, Carson Loos and Keiran Naphan gave McKinney a two goal lead. BAHHA scored early in the third, but Isaac Wieland and Jack Eaton scored to secure the 7 to 4 win. Video of the BAHHA game is below.
The Squirt team also remained undefeated, defeating the Jr. Brahmas for the third time in league play. Chase Weber scored two goals and Karter Robertson scored one. Bryson Frazee got the win. The team is in first place with a 6-0-0 record.
The Midget Minor team didn’t win, but they gave the first place Oilers a run for their money. The Oilers took a 2 nothing lead, but Raymond DeVuono scored in the second and Cole Egger scored midway through the third (Miles Allsopp-Shiner assisting on both) to tie the game. The Oilers got a late third period goal to win 3 to 2, but the boys played very well.
The Pee Wee – McBey team went to Alabama this week for the Silver Stick Regional. Although the team did not advance to the international tournament, they played hard, losing to the two advancing teams by only one goal each. In the first game, CJ Bachman tied the score in the third, but Duluth Phoenix scored again to win 2 to 1. In the second game, the team was down 3 to 1, but fought back in the third to win 6 to 3. Lawler (2), Good, Bachman, McDonald, and Schleicher scored. In a must win game against Nashville, the team took a 1 to 0 lead on a goal by CJ Bachman, but Nashville scored two. CJ tied it up in the third, but Nashville scored one more to win 3 to 2. Noah Schleicher and Lance Szeremet each scored two in the final game, but the team lost by two.
McKinney High School Teams
The JV team bounced back from a couple rough weeks with a strong 7 to 2 victory over Frisco Gold. Kyle Hogue started the scoring, but Frisco tied it up at the end of 1. Jack Barton (or Ethan McKinley), Jack Rohwer, Trevor McLain (or Tyler Valdron), and Eric Hagood gave McKinney a 5 to 1 lead after two. Frisco scored early in third, but Ethan McKinley scored two third period goals to secure the 7 to 2 win. Troupe Shelton got the win.
Another good weekend for Lightning teams. The squirt team won two games to remain undefeated for the season. In the first game, the team went up 1 to 0 in the first off of a goal by Lars Krause, but the Brahmas tied it up less than two minutes later. The Lightning had plenty of chances—out shooting the Brahmas 27 to 12—but had to wait until Chase Weber scored in OT to get the win. Video of Chase’s goal is below.
In the second game, the team defeated the Oilers 4 to 0, with goals by Peyton Yoder, Crash Emery, and two by Lars Krause. Bryson Frazee got the shutout. In the first four games, the team has outscored its opponents 19 to 3.
The Pee Wee – Burkhart team also had to win two games to remain undefeated after 7 league games. The team played the BAHHA Hounds for the first time this season. In the first game, BAHHA took the lead in the second period, but Jack Eaton tied it up on the next shift. Jack then scored again with just under 3 minutes left and Michael Kennedy added an empty net goal at the end for a 3 to 1 win. As with the first game against BAHHA, the Lightning had trouble scoring in the second game against BAHHA. Jack Eaton and Michael Kennedy scored the first two goals of the game, but BAHHA tied it up on two powerplay goals in the second. In the shootout, Jack Eaton scored for the Lightning and Sean Triece stopped all five shooters he faced.
The Bantam team had to go to Euless to play and unfortunately didn’t come back with a win—losing 4 to 1. Kyle Hogue scored the only Lightning goal. A few hours later, the team scrimmaged Oklahoma City and came up with a 3 to 2 win. McLain, Hagood and Hogue scored.
High School Update
The Varsity team picked up another point for its second shootout loss in row. The team had to battle hard and overcome several injuries to get that point. Kevin Hobbs scored the tying goal in the game. In the shootout, the first Southlake shooter scored and the first two McKinney shooters did not. Garrett Jackson scored to tie it up, but Southlake’s third shooter scored for the win.
Junior Varsity had a tough outing against Keller. Clearly an age difference between the two teams, but JV skated hard. They just could not find the back of the net.
The Pee Wee teams continue to thrive, with both teams remaining undefeated in DSTHL regular season play.
On Saturday, the McBey team defeated the Wolves-Gottwald team 4 to 1. Noah Schleicher got three goals and CJ Bachman got one. On Sunday, the team defeated the Jr. Brahmas 6 to 2. The team took a 3-0 lead into the third period off of goals by Tucker McDonald, Noah Schleicher and Lance Szeremet, before having the Brahmas score two goals. Noah Schleicher and CJ Bachman (2) scored after that to secure the 6 to 2 win. The team is 3-0-0 and in first place in the division.
PW-Burkhart defeated the Aces-Webb team 7 to 0 on Saturday. On Sunday, the team played DJHA. The team started out slow again, going down 2 to 0 in the first period, but bounced back to tie it in the first two minutes of the second period and then take the lead 3 minutes later. Although DJHA tied it up late in the second, the Lightning dominated the third period and scored three goals to win 6 to 3. The team is 5-0-0 and in first place in the division. Video highlights of the DJHA game are at the bottom of this article.
The Bantam team came home from Vegas with the Silver Medal. The team defeated the Nevada Storm 4 to 1 to start the tournament and then defeated Arizona Hockey Union 6 to 3. On Saturday the team defeated the San Jose Jr. Sharks 2 to 1 to secure a spot in the championship game. The team lost twice to the eventual Gold Medal Winner, Mission AZ Ice Red (4 to 2 and then 4 to 1).
Midget Minor dropped its first two games of the season, but to two of the better teams in the Division. It lost 4 to 0 to the Oilers and 3 to 1 to Team Houston.
The McKinney JV team handed Lovejoy its first loss of the season with a 4 to 3 shootout win. The team went up 2 to 0 off of goals by Jeff Kavulich and Ethan McKinley before having Lovejoy score three goals in the second period to take the lead. Ethan McKinley tied the game with 4 ½ minutes left. In the shootout, McKinley, Cameron Bazis and Tyler Valdron all scored and Troupe Shelton stopped the final attempt to secure the win. The team is tied for first place in the Gold Division at 3-0-1.
McKinney Varsity picked up its first point of the season, with a 2 to 1 shootout loss to Jesuit.