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A Winning Tournament Weekend

We Are the Champions

The club had a fabulous tournament weekend. 

In St. Louis, the Bantam Major team won the AA division of the Rolling Thunder Tournament.  The team started the tournament with a 5 to 2 win over the Twin Bridges Lightning.  On Saturday, the team defeated the Maulers 3 to 1 and then tied the Chesterfield Falcons AA team 1-1.  Needing a win or tie on Sunday morning to advance to the championship game, the team defeated the Hoffman Estates Wolf Pack 4 nothing.  In a rematch with the Falcons in the Championship Game, the team won 4 nothing to bring home the banner.

In Vegas, the Midget Minor team dominated.  On Friday, the team defeated Mission AZ Ice White 4 to 1 and the Redwood City Black Stars 6 to 1. The next day, the team defeated the Nevada Storm 7 to 1 and the AHU White Knights 8 nothing. In the Gold Medal game, the team defeated the Storm 4 nothing.  Right now, this team is 14-2-1 and has outscored its opponents 86 to 26.

Midget Major came up short in its attempt to make it to the championship round, but had a good weekend. The team started the tournament with a 1-1 tie with the Jaguars, who would finish second.  They then defeated the Spirit 4 to 1 and the Spartans 5 to 2. In the semi-final round, the team lost to the Jaguars 6 to 3.

Other Games

Bantam Minor got in the win column after some near misses.  The team played strong and defeated the Dallas Oilers 5 to 1. Goals were scored by Brown, Eaton, James, Lawler, and Pafford, with Lawler, Schleicher, Brown, Pafford, and Wieland getting assists. Pottinger got the win in net.

Pee Wee won one and lost one.  On Saturday, the team played the Elite hard but lost 4 to 2. On Sunday, the team played DJHA for the first time, winning 6 to 4. Ian Lotz got two goals, Isaac Lerma scored one. CJ Bachman scored on a penalty shot. Joseph Bruszer scored on a powerplay and Beck Pettijohn scored a shorty.  Great win for the team.

In high school, Varsity defeated Mansfield 2 nothing.  Aidan Everett and Jimmy Kavulich scored. Brower got the win in net.  JV Silver lost to Mansfield. 

JV Gold defeated Flower Mound 7 to 5 to improve to 2-0-0.  Kevin Miller, Kyle Mills and Levi Vogel started the scoring. Levi would add two more for a trick, Kevin Miller would score his second, and John Novosel would score one. Flower Mound would score 3 in the final five minutes, but the team held on for the win. Troupe Shelton got the win in net.

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Lightning Game Recap

The first two weeks of DSTHL league play has been completed.

Midget Minor is 2-0-0.  In its first game, the team defeated DJHA 15U team 4 to 0. Eaton, Lazzaro, Blend and Valdron scored, with McIntyre getting the win in net. In game two, the team defeated the Jr. Brahmas 8 to 1. Lazzaro and McLain each had two. Allsopp-Shiner, McFarland, Branch and Cook had one. Allred got the win in net. Brent McIntyre gets the medal for best dance moves to the scorekeeper’s music. He shook it off.

The Squirt team is also 2-0-0, winning both games against the Allen Americans. The team won Saturday 5 to 0 and Sunday 6 to 1.  Raines had 5 goals, Lotz 2, and Mannka, Spear, Chang and Williams each had 1. Both goalies got wins.

Pee Wee defeated a good Brahmas team by a score of 5 to 3. They were down by one, but Fontenot, Bruszer and Miles scored three goals in 21 seconds to take a 3 to 1 lead after one. The teams traded goals in the second and third periods with Bachman and Miles scoring for the Lightning. Filippo got the win in net. Shots were 42-14 in our favor, so strong performance.

Bantam Minor could not hang onto a 2 goal lead in its game Saturday, eventually losing in overtime. DeHaven and Naphan scored for the Lightning.

Bantam Major had a rough weekend, dropping two games against Austin.

In scrimmages, Midget Major lost to the DJHA AA team, but defeated the Brahmas AA team 2 to 1.  Everett and Seibold scored for the Lightning and Baker got the win in net.

High School Game

Cam Seibert scores a goal for JV Silver in his first regular season JV game.

Varsity dropped its first game of the season, losing to last year's champion, Plano West, 3 to 1. LeBlanc scored first but Plano scored 3 goals (two power play goals) for the win.

JV Gold won 4 to 1 over Mid-Cities. Novosel scored first. Hagood scored off a feed from Miller.  Mills (I think) scored the third goal and Vogel scored half a second before the final buzzer sounded. Reynolds with the win.

JV Silver lost 7 to 4, but had some good moments.  It was the first true high school game for almost all of the team.

The league is having some trouble with the new stats system. They know the stats are currently inaccurate and are working to get them corrected.

by posted 10/13/2014
McKinney Lightning Strike in Shootout

It was a fabulous weekend for the club at the Texas Shootout. We won two of the five divisions you are competing in, finish second in two others, and barely lost in the semi-final round of the fifth division. We were one of only two clubs to win more than one division and we had the second most teams in championship games. So, great weekend and we will continue to do better. We appreciate all the fans that came out to support the players.

Midget Minor dominated the Silver Division this weekend, going undefeated in its five games.  The team outscored its opponents 28 to 6 and out shot their opponents 207 to 72.  

The Squirt team also dominated the Silver Division and went undefeated. The team outscored its opponents 48 to 9 and out shot their opponents 192 to 66.

Bantam Major dominated in the preliminary round, allowing only one goal and outscoring their opponents by 37 to 9. It ran up against a tough tournament schedule for the semis and championship round when kids basically had four hours sleep Sunday night. Despite that, they persevered and won in a shootout in the semis and almost overcame a 3 nothing deficit in the 3rd of the championship game. 

Midget Major also came in second, outscoring its opponents 14 to 12. Other than its two losses, it outshot its opponents by a large margin. 

The Pee Wee team almost put the Lightning in the championship game for all 5 divisions, losing by one goal in the semis. The team scored three goals in the third to erase a 3 nothing deficit and tie the game, but the Elite scored in the final minute to get the win.  

Highlights from the Squirt team's Championship win are below.


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Coach Blaznek Named "Best Youth Sports Coach"

Coach Blaznek Congratuating His Championship Winning Squirt Team in September

Congratulations to McKinney Lightning Coach Joe Blaznek, who was recognized as "Best Youth Sports Coach" by readers of McKinney BubbleLife. Joe finished with 64% of the votes cast.  McKinney BubbleLife is an online publication, with daily emails to subscribers, serving the McKinney area.

Coach Blaznek joined the McKinney Lightning this year and coaches the club's Squirt and Pee Wee teams.  Coach Blaznek has been coaching youth and high school hockey for four years.  He played professional hockey for 14 year and played four years of NCAA Division I hockey at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. 

by posted 10/04/2014
Skate with MHA

Thanks to all our player and parents that came out to participate in our annual skate the kids living in McKinney Housing Authority residences. Through your efforts we were able to provide an enjoyable time on the ice for a bunch of little ones who have not ever (or very often) been on the ice.  

Our players and parents help to set up party rooms so that we could sever pizza, cupcakes and some drinks before the events.  Our players then helped the kids to tie their skates and to get around the ice. By the end, some of the kids were flying around the rink, even if it was only with the assistance of some strong hockey players to help keep them up.  

It is always a great event.

Special thanks to the DrPepper StarCenter in McKinney for supporting the event with free usage of the party rooms and free skate rentals and public skates for the participants.

by posted 08/01/2014
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