Pack before pride

Cam Trout, Writer

The Owatonna Boys Varsity hockey team has pasted on another generation of excellent seniors and is looking to fill roles. Early in November, coaches selected the 2016-2017 hockey roster with confidence that they will succeed like the previous season. From the start, Owatonna was set to play a tough schedule to help them get up to speed with their steep competition this season.

On Dec. 1, OHS Boys Hockey had their first game against Apple Valley. Despite the 8-3 loss against a very strong south metro team, the Huskies pulled together to prove their place amongst their skilled competition. Head Coach Josh Storm said, “In the first period we struggled with our systems and played slow. On the other hand, in the second and third period we gained some comfort and played substantially better. I was impressed with the team’s attitude and their fight to the last second.”

Only 24 hours later the OHS Boys Hockey team hosted their home opener against St. Francis. After playing a fast pace Apple Valley team, the Huskies were prepared to take down St. Francis. By using effective play-making and positive reinforcements in the attacking third, the Huskies were able to capitalize and take a 6-5 victory. Assistant Coach Paul Martinson has high hopes for the rest of the season saying, “I hope we can make some waves in the postseason.”

The OHS Boys Hockey team is relying on younger talent with the few seniors available to take on the Big 9 and teams statewide in their annual Duluth tournament after Christmas break. Junior captain Mitch Wiese said, “After a rough first period against Apple Valley, I hope we can come together as a team. I can’t wait for the rest of the season and hopefully we can get a home section game.” With high hopes for the remaining season the OHS Boys Hockey team is looking to make a statement. The Huskies face off against the Tigers at Albert Lea on Thursday, Dec. 8. Best of luck to the Huskies for their upcoming season.