Boys’ hockey beats Lakeville South

Team wins second game of the season

Isabel Kjaer

After the team’s 2-1 win against Lakeville South Dec. 14, senior captain Shea Pekarek said the players were confidant in their ability to win prior to the game.

“We knew we could beat them tonight if we just did the little things, and we just executed,” Pekarek said.

According to assistant coach Andrew Sackrison, the players put their best foot forward in order to win the game.

“All the kids gave a ton of effort and really that’s all we could ask of them to be honest,” Sackrison said.

Pekarek said the team spent a majority of practice time the week prior to the game working hard on executing the small details that needed improvement.

“Overall this whole week, we have just been pushing really hard, skating a lot and just focusing on the little things,” Pekarek said.

Sackrison said the team prefers a basic and consistent plan for each game that is subject to minor improvements.

“We like to keep things simple and stick with the game plan,” Sackrison said. “There’s nothing that really needs to be changed, just you can always tweak the little things and get better at the little things and keep pushing.”

According to Sackrison, this game will help instill a sense of confidence in the players that will be beneficial when it comes to stressful moments in games, particularly the post-season.

“It’s one game of many, but it’s a good experience when you come down to playoffs and you’re in the heat of the moment and you’ve been there before,” Sackrison said.

According to Sackrison, as far as relating to future games, the team has a new focus on creating consistency throughout their games and keeping in mind what earned them their past victories.

“Coming off a good win, you have to keep in sight what got you there. So now it’s consistency, which is the hardest thing to do in hockey,” Sackrison said.

The team’s next game is at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Mars Lakeview Arena against Duluth Marshall.