Boys’ hockey loses to Chaska

First outdoor game ends in overtime


Carissa Prestholdt

Senior and Captain Jonathan Sorenson fights for the puck against a Chaska forward in its outdoor game Jan. 30 at the ROC against Chaska. Park lost in overtime with a final score of 6-5.

Isabel Kjaer

Looking back on his team’s 5-6 loss, senior Conor Schubring said despite the setback in overtime, the players put their best effort into the game.

“I think we kind of pulled up short today. But we definitely played pretty good today,” Schubring said.

According to assistant varsity coach Andrew Sackrison, Park’s performance in this game doesn’t reflect their hard work, particularly at this point in the season.

“We want to be playing the right way this time of year and we want to get consistent in our effort and I think we did that. They are a good hockey team and you know, we played them tough,” Sackrison said.

According to Schubring, compared to past matches, this team was more aggressive because of the game’s importance.

“This game was definitely more competitive and there was something on the line,” Schubring said.

Sackrison said Park has not played tough teams in past games, making Chaska’s ferocity a refresher.

“They are a tough conference opponent and I think the teams were extremely even. It’s been a little bit since we’ve played up a little bit on the competition side of things,” Sackrison said.


According to Sackrison, the Recreation Outdoor Center (ROC) facility is beneficial for everyone involved because it is something special for people to remember and participate in once a year.

“I mean (the ROC facility) is good for the game of hockey, it’s good for the fans, it’s good for everybody and it just creates a good memory I think for the guys in the locker room. They can look back at this as kind of a cool event to be a part of,” Sackrison said.

According to Schubring, the team hopes to continue playing with the strength they started with.

“We’re just going to keep building off what we have going this season,” Schubring said.

The next game is at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the New Hope Ice Arena against Armstrong/Cooper.