Boys’ hockey wins season opener

Team starts season with 5-1 win


Abby Prestholdt

Sophomore McCabe Dvorak attempting to pass to a fellow team member. St. Louis Park’s Boys’ Hockey team played their first game of the season against Breck on Tuesday Dec. 27. The final score of the game was 5-1.

Claire Bargman and David Bryant

Upon the boys’ hockey team’s first win in the first game against Breck, sophomore Lucas Hand said the win was a strong start to set the tone for the season.

“The best part of the game was us winning of course, the win is a big start of the season for us so I was pretty happy about that,” Lucas Hand said.

Assistant coach Chris Dhalin said for the first game of the season the team showed good cooperation and skill.  

“I think just coming out first game of the year and looking fairly sharp, defensively I thought we looked good,” Dhalin said. “It was really good team hockey — everyone supporting each other and guys yelling on the bench when someone scores a goal, and ultimately that’s you want to see and hear from your team.”

Junior Avery Pittman claimed two of the five goals Park scored. He said the skill shown throughout the game led the team to victory.

“For me, getting off to a good start and scoring the first goal, Will Pinney had some big saves that were a good momentum change for us and John Meyer had a big goal,” Pittman said.

Senior Jackson Hand said the team received a major boost in charisma when sophomore Jack Wandmacher scored the second goal of the game.

“The goal that Jack Wandmacher scored, it really took our team up and elevated our confidence that we could score another,” Jackson Hand said.

Pittman said he believed Park could pull through with a win despite letting a goal in while 3 players were penalized.

I feel like we came back strong after in the third period, after losing our three guys, having a thinner bench and I feel like we all came together as a team and got it done,” Pittman said.

The next boys’ hockey game will take place against St. Paul Academy at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Drake Arena.