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McKinney Varsity Wins State Championship For Second Year
02/08/2016
The McKinney Varsity Ice Hockey Team, which is made up of players...
McKinney North Stars Win Three Championships
11/29/2015
The McKinney North Stars Pee Wee A, Bantam AA and Midget Major teams...
 
McKinney Varsity Wins State Championship For Second Year

Texas State Champions

The McKinney Varsity Ice Hockey Team, which is made up of players attending or zoned to attend the three McKinney ISD high schools, won the Texas Amateur Hockey Association’s Texas High School Hockey State Tournament on February 7, 2016.  This is the second time the team has won the State Championship, also winning last year.

The team faced off against three teams in the preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday.  McKinney played Coppell in game one.  Coppell scored first, but McKinney High’s Ross Hoppe scored three minutes later to tie the game. The game remained tied until eight minutes into the third period when Zak Albers gave McKinney the lead. That opened the floodgates, with Jim Kavulich of McKinney Boyd scoring a minute later and Zak Albers scoring again with six minutes left. The final score was McKinney 4, Coppell 1. 

In game two, Frisco scored in the first period. McKinney High’s Will Anderson scored to tie the game four minutes into the second period. The score remained tied through the remaining thirty minutes of regulation and then five minutes of overtime. McKinney ultimately lost in the seventh round of a shootout, but picked up a point in the standings.

In game three, McKinney Boyd’s Chris Campanini scored in the first period to give McKinney the lead. Zak Albers scored five minutes in the second to put McKinney up two-nothing. Plano West scored three minutes later, but McKinney High’s Garrett Jackson scored seventy seconds after that to put McKinney back up by two. Trevor McLain, a Prosper High student and the only non-McKinney ISD zoned student on the team, scored an empty net goal with three and a half minutes left in the game. 

With the game-three win, McKinney secured a spot in the State Championship Game.  When Frisco lost in overtime to Coppell, McKinney secured the number one seed based on points.

In the State Championship Game, McKinney got a rematch against Frisco. In that game, Frisco took the lead eight minutes into the first period.  McKinney Boyd’s Jim Kavulich scored a power play goal with a minute and thirty-four seconds left in the first period to tie the game. Trevor McLain and McKinney Boyd’s Kyle Hogue assisted on the goal. Frisco dominated play for much of the second period, but only managed to score one goal. During the much needed second intermission break, McKinney was able to regroup and take over in the third period. Jim Kavulich scored his second goal of the game two minutes into the third period to tie the game. McKinney North’s Ethan McKinley assisted on the goal. 

The Championship Game remained tied after 51 minutes of regulation play, causing the game to be decided in overtime. During overtime, McKinney Boyd’s Landon Brower turned away many Frisco shots.  Four minutes into overtime, the puck travelled along the boards behind the net to Zak Albers. Albers passed the puck back to McKinney Boyd’s Jacob Reynolds who was skating behind Frisco’s net. Reynolds quickly passed the puck to McKinney North’s Will Anderson, who was above the goal crease. Anderson’s one-timer beat the goalie and caused a McKinney celebration to erupt on the ice and in the stands. 

Landon Brower, a junior at McKinney Boyd, led all goalies in the tournament, earning three wins and only allowing five goals to be scored. He had the lowest goals against average (1.20) among all goalies in the tournament. 

The McKinney Varsity team will now represent Texas in the USA Hockey High School Hockey National Tournament in Reston, Virginia, March 17-21, 2016.


by posted 02/08/2016
McKinney North Stars Win Three Championships

Pee Wee A Champions

The McKinney North Stars Pee Wee A, Bantam AA and Midget Major teams each won their divisions in the Texas Turkey Shootout this past weekend.  

Bantam A brought home a runner up trophy after losing the championship game in a shootout. 

The club did very well this past weekend, bringing home three tournament championship trophies—the first tournament trophies for the McKinney North Stars—as well as a runner up trophy.

Pee Wee A won the North Stars’ first championship.  They defeated the Houston Hurricanes 3 to 2 in a shootout to start the tourney. They then defeated the Allen Independence 12 to 2 and DJHA 5 to 1.  They went into the final preliminary game knowing that they would advance to the championship so long as they didn’t lose in regulation. In that game, against the Pond Hockey Club, the team went down one, fought back to take a one goal lead, and then had the Mallards go up one in the 2nd.  The team finally tied the game with 7:11 left on a goal by Gavin Love. They team lost in the shootout, but that was all they needed.  In the Championship Game against the Houston Wild, the team was up 3 to 1, but watched the Wild tie it. After overtime, the game went to a shootout. In the shootout, Chase Lafferty and Robert Woertink scored and Ryan Foto stopped two for the win.

Midget Major was the only McKinney team to go undefeated this weekend. They started the tournament with a 4 to 3 shootout win over the Houston Gunners. They then defeated the Kansas City Mavs 9 to 3 and the San Antonio Rampage 5 to 2.  In the semis, the team went up two nothing off of goals by Anderson and Larsen. The Mavs tied it in the second though and the team had to go to a shootout. Zach Piekarski was the only player from either team to score in the shootout, giving McKinney the 3 to 2 win.  The Championship Game was a rematch with the Gunners, who scored the first two goals. Parisi and Lazzaro scored to tie it, but the Gunners went back up by 1 with 9 minutes left. Brendan Bonds scored to tie it and Hunter Long scored with 5:51 left to give McKinney the lead. Piekarski added an insurance goal with 1:42 left for the 5 to 3 win. Nicolas Prulhiere was in net for all the games.

Bantam AA started the tournament off with a tough 4 to 1 loss to HC Dallas. They then defeated the Texas Jr. Stars 2 nothing and the Texas Warriors 2 to 1.  In the semis, the team defeated HC Dallas 4 to 1. In the Championship Game, the Jr. Stars cored first, but Isaac Lerma and Jack Eaton scored to give the team the 2 to 1 win.

Bantam A dominated in the preliminary rounds and semis. The team defeated the Brahmas 9-1, a Nytex team 11 to nothing, and the Pond Hockey Club 7 nothing. In the semis, the team defeated the Nytex team 7 nothing. In the championship game, the team struggled to get the puck in the net. The Frisco team took a two nothing lead into the third period. Despite outshooting Frisco 43 to 20, plus many shots that missed the net, the team could not score until 2:27 was left. The team pulled its goalie and tied the game with 46 seconds left off a goal by Roman Di Domizio. The team had some great chances in overtime, but the game went to a shootout, which McKinney lost in the fifth round.  Here is a link to video of the goals from the team’s first game.

 


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