Boys’ hockey makes an unexpected comeback against Chaska

Final score of 6-5


Anna Benishek

Sophomore Teddy Dahlin attempts to score a goal against Chaska. Park won 6-5 in a close game against Chaska.

Emmy Pearson

It’s the third period, Chaska is in the lead. With only a few minutes left in the period and tension building on the ice, Park scores four goals, tying the game and sending it into overtime.

Head coach Andrew Sackrison said the team felt discouraged after the second period, but after a pep-talk and the collective decision to keep pushing, it regained its energy.

“Our first period was okay, they [Chaska] got one in the dying seconds, which (was) a huge momentum bust for us. It kind of carried into the second period where we really fell apart for a little while,” Sackrison said. “Then we decided in between the second and third as a group let’s put a couple good shifts together first and maybe chip away at it.”

According to senior captain Sam Berry, the team maintained its spirit and determination in the third period, which only grew with each goal scored.

“It was a really good game. We were down 5-1 with seven minutes left, and we just kept battling and kept pushing. We got a few goals, we got some confidence, and we ended up with a win,” Berry said.

Junior Ben Olson said improvement for future games requires all around support, polished skills and consistent strength and possession of the puck.

“Definitely forwards coming down to support the D [defense], Making clean passes, Helping the (middle) not give up breakaways and (not turning) the puck over,” Olson said.

According to Sackrison, he has faith in the team and with each game Park plays, it gains more experience and wisdom for upcoming games.

We learned tonight what works and what doesn’t. Again, every team is different so we have to make minor adjustments here and there. As long as we’re sticking with our game plan, day in and day out, we’ll give ourselves a chance,” Sackrison said.

Olson said he is looking forward to redemption later in the season when Park will face rival Benilde-St. Margaret’s one last time.

“Personally I’m looking forward to BSM part two. I’m really looking forward to that game, I have it marked on the calendar. We are ready to go back at them,” Olson said.

Park is set to play Chanhassen 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Victoria Recreation Center.