Boys’ hockey loss redirects team focus

Slow start leaves little time to catch up


Abby Prestholdt

Sophmore Jack Wandmacher challenges Holy Angels player for the puck. The Park boys' hockey team played against Academy of Holy Angels 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Rec Center.

David Bryant

Assistant coach Zach Strouts said despite the slow start the team showed potential throughout the third period.

“I think the team had a good period where they competed because they wanted it more and even though they did have a few bad breaks the team worked pretty damn hard,” Strouts said. ”I’m pretty impressed and happy with them and how the third period went.”

The boys’ hockey team lost 2-2 against Academy of Holy Angels at the Rec Center Jan. 15 bringing its overall record to 6-8

Sophomore McCabe Dvorak said one of the main problems the team has been facing is coming out strong.

“Usually just coming out slow, it has been a problem this year and we are working on it and it looks like we still have some work to do,” Dvorak said.

Strouts said the team needs motivation in order to play with urgency early on in their games.

“We gotta find a way to have some urgency. I don’t know what causes it but we

 have had a couple of games with slow starts and we need to turn it around,” Strouts said.

Junior Will Pinney said the first two goals against Park were discouraging but once the team scored in the third period, the boys regained their confidence to compete.

“I think the early goals in first and second period brought the energy down but once we started to realize we could compete with them we started battling back,” Pinney said.

Dvorak said going forward the team needs to work on scoring and taking more shots.  

“We’re going to need to work on finishing, like in a 2v1 or 3v2. Putting the puck in the net has been one of our biggest problems,” Dvorak said.

The next game is against Chanhassen at 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Rec Center.