Boys’ hockey falls to Edina

Team overcomes struggles by working on new strategies


Emily Ziessman

Junior Drew Boyum fights for the puck against Edina’s junior Emmett Wurst Dec. 3. Boyum has scored or assisted in at least one goal every game in the first three games of the 2019-2020 season, with a total of four points.

During the Dec. 2 game against Edina, the boys’ hockey team made a comeback to end the game with a score of 3-6, after a four point deficit at the end of the second period.

Despite the defeat, senior Bobby Doss said the team connected and played its hardest while battling throughout the game.

“(We) fought back after getting down six goals, bonding through the struggle,” Doss said. “We came out ready to go in the third period, persevering.”

According to Doss, despite a lack of positivity at certain points during the game, the team was still able to pull through during the first and third periods.

“The first and third periods we showed out, ready to play. Our compete level was pretty high until the second period,” Doss said. “We got lackadaisical thinking that we could play slow, but first and third (periods) we played there.”

When building a game plan, coach Brent Cornelius said Park starts with skills in the net, then move to defensive abilities, followed by offensive plays.

“A huge thing going forward is starting from the goal out. If we can get behind our goaltender and get behind our (defense), our forwards will follow and we will get the puck in the net,” Cornelius said.

Cornelius said it is important going forward for players to be aware of what’s happening on the ice.

“We have to make sure we’re looking where the puck is, but also where our teammates are (and) where other opponents are. So visualization of the game,” Cornelius said.

Doss said the team’s energy begins with their pre-game routine in the upper concourse of the rink, so they’re able to put a great amount of effort into every play.

“We like to get rowdy up there and come ready to play 100 percent the full game,” Doss said.

According to Cornelius, persistence, trust, communication and maneuvering the puck correctly are key elements needed to win.

“If we keep working hard and trusting one another, communicating and getting pucks to the opponent’s net, I think we can pull out a (win),” Cornelius said.

Cornelius said as long as the team is able to grow and learn as a family, it will be able to succeed in the future.

“There’s a great family in that locker room, and a lot of a lot of building blocks there. A lot of veterans have good experience and good exposure to the game, as well as young talent coming up that are excited and willing to leave it all on the ice,” Cornelius said. “As long as we can keep building together as a family, we’ll be good.”

The next boys’ hockey game will be against Wayzata 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Plymouth Ice Center.