Alumni of the McKinney Varsity teams will hold their annual Alumni Game on Friday, January 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played in McKinney. Any alumnus of MIHC's Varsity teams and the 2014-15 Varsity Seniors may play in the game, which is free. Space is limited, so please sign up early to ensure you have a spot on the ice. To register for the game, please click here.
Please note that this is not a USA Hockey sanctioned event and does not involve any current teams of McKinney Ice Hockey Club. Players participating will not be covered by insurance provided by USA Hockey or MIHC. MIHC is merely facilitating the event for the alumni. All participants will be required to sign waivers and releases for the StarCenter and MIHC before participating.
The McKinney Lightning and High School teams provided cheer to the neighborhood over the weekend, delivering over 60 baskets of necessities and presents to residents of homes operated by the McKinney Housing Authority. The families for each team pull their resources to build some fabulous baskets. Many of the teams put them together and then the players and families personally delivered them to the chosen families.
This is the 6th straight year that McKinney Ice Hockey Club has provided baskets over the holidays. We appreciate our members' enthusiastic support of this program and their desire to give back to the community.
A special thanks to Liz Lotz for organizing this year's efforts. An additional special thanks to donors First Rate Inc. and Shipper Owned Container for providing financial support of the project.
Bantam Minor didn’t win the Fall Roundup, but had a good weekend. It was great to see so many players start to return to the ice from their medical absences.
In the first game, McKinney defeated Amarillo 9 to 4. Noah Schleicher and Brenden Brown each had hattricks. Joshua Ray, Keiran Naphan and Joshua Pafford scored single goals. Andy Pottinger got the win in net. Highlights from the game are below:
In the second game, the team didn’t play its best against the Aces' silver division team but matched the Aces most of the game--the team seemed to be trying to sort out the lines after so many players returned to the lineup that game. The Lightning took the lead off of a goal by Noah Schleicher, but the Aces scored a power play goal to tie it and then the game winner to start the third in the 2 to 1 Lightning loss.
In the third game, McKinney knew it had to defeat HC Dallas, which was the only undefeated team in the tournament and the 1st place team in the DSTHL Silver Division, in order to cause a three way tie and have a chance to make the semi-finals. The team came out hungry, taking a 4 nothing lead into the third period off of goals by Brenden Brown, Jack Eaton, Devin Lawler and Noah Schleicher. HC Dallas fought back in the second period, but McKinney hung onto a 4 to 2 win. Sean Triece got the win in net. When Amarillo scored three goals against the Aces, the Lightning advanced to the Semi-Finals instead of the Aces.
The team played a good Brahmas team (2nd in the Silver Division). The Lightning went up 1 nothing off of a goal by Jack Eaton. The Brahmas tied it up 27 seconds into the second period and then took the lead early in the third. Although McKinney lost 2 to 1, it played hard and Sean made a lot of fabulous saves. HC Dallas would defeat the Brahmas in the Championship Game, with McKinney being the only team to defeat HCD in the tournament.
McKinney Junior Varsity Silver defeated Highland Park 6 to 1. The team went down 1 nothing, but Parker Stetson tied the game a little over a minute later. Cliff Alshara then scored two and Cam Seibert, Damian Christensen and Justin Lister added single goals. Our goalie, Sean Triece, had to stop a 5 on none (or the 5 on Sean play as we like to call it), but he did it. The league’s scorekeeper didn’t get shots right because Sean stopped a lot more than he got credited with. Highlights from the game are below:
McKinney Varsity was missing a number of players, but managed to beat Southlake Carroll 5 to 2. The game hasn’t shown up on Hockey Shift yet, but reports from the game had. Ethan McKinley, Jim Kavulich, Drew Pitts, Garrett Jackson and one more unnamed player scoring.
Midget Minor took care of business this weekend. It traveled to San Antonio and played 4 league games against 3 teams, with the Lightning being the only team to play four games They started out the weekend with a 9 to 2 win over San Antonio Saturday morning. They followed that up with a 5 nothing win over the Texas Jr. Stars. The next morning the team defeated the Wild 7 to 2 and San Antonio 6 nothing in the afternoon. Each goalie got two wins, including one shutout apiece. A bunch of players scored and some scored a lot.
Bantam Major won 2 of 3 games this weekend, defeating DJHA 3 to 2 and splitting games with the Wild. Against DJHA, Truman Hirschy gave the team the lead, but DJHA tied it up. The team went up by two in the second off of goals by Michael Klose and Bryce Clark and hung on for the win. Sam Biks got the win. In the first game against the Wild, the Wild went up by two in the first. Goals by Klose and Judson McGrath tied it in the third. Nick Kale gave the Lightning the lead, but the Wild tied it up less than a minute later. The Wild scored the winning goal (4-3 loss for us) with a little over 5 minutes left. In the second Wild game, the team won 5 to 2 with DJ Girardi scoring two, Judson McGrath and Brenden Sinclair scoring single goals and Klose putting in a late empty net goal. Biks got the win in net.
Bantam Minor (or 2/3rds of the Bantam Minor team) defeated the Dallas Oilers 6 to 2. Jack Eaton scored three goals, Keiran Naphan scored two and Joshua Pafford scored one. Sean Triece got the win in net.
Midget Major took on the Brahmas AA 18U team. Thanks to some amazing goalie work by the Brahmas’ goalie—who happens to be our Varsity goalie Daniel Mignault—the team came out on the wrong end of a 4 to 3 shootout loss. Evan Seibold, Zachary Piekarski, and Ibrahim Yaseen scored for the Lightning during the game. Shots were 52 to 17 Lightning.
One of Two Broken Arms For Weekend - But Isaac's Tough
Although not a perfect weekend, it was another very good one for the club. That started with the Lightning teams winning 7 of their 8 out of town games this weekend.
Midget Major won three games in Houston. They had a hard fought battle with the Texas Jr. Stars in game one, winning 1 nothing on a goal by Ibrahim Yaseen and outshooting Austin by a large margin. They started Sunday morning off with a nice 6 nothing win over BAHHA. They completed the weekend with a 1 nothing shootout win over the Texas Jr. Stars, with Luke LeBlanc and Cameron Faranetta scoring in the shootout. Solomon was in net for the last game.
Midget Minor let it be known that they are the first place team, defeating the team that was in first place before this weekend 8 nothing and 4 nothing. In the first game against the Wild, Miles Allsopp-Shiner scored twice, and single goals were tallied by Jacob Branson, Cole McFarland, Alex Parisi, Nicholas Lazzaro, and Eric Eaton. Shots were 44-9 McKinney. In the second game, the team won 4 nothing, with Kyle McEnany and Nichoals Lazzaro getting two goals apiece.
The other team out of town had a mixed weekend. The team came out on top in 2 of its 3 games, but lost two players to broken arms during their first shift of the first game. The first game was a very physical game against the Texas Jr. Stars in Austin with both teams hitting hard. Jack Eaton came up big—scoring 5 goals—and Keiran Naphan got another to give the team a 6 to 1 win. Sean Triece got the win. The next day, the team started out a little timid after the rough game the day before and the fact that most of the San Antonio kids were about a foot and a half taller. Sean did his best to keep the team in the game, but the Lightning did not have a lot of quality scoring chances. Noah Schleicher scored on a penalty shot in the third to make it a one goal game. Although the team had a couple chances to tie the game, it ended up losing to a very good San Antonio team 3 to 1. This ended the team’s win streak at 8.
The team went back to the hotel for a second breakfast and came back to play San Antonio again two hours later. Joshua Pafford started the scoring with a shorthanded goal, but San Antonio tied it up. Robbie Sours scored on a perfectly placed shot, but San Antonio tied it up again. The team took a 4-3 lead after goals by Jack Eaton and Alex James. Jack scored again (his 7th goal of the weekend), but San Antonio scored to keep the lead at one. Noah Schleicher scored 15 seconds later to make it 6 to 4 McKinney. San Antonio pulled their goalie and scored with 39 seconds left to play, but Bantam Minor held on to win 6 to 5. Andy Pottinger got the win in net. The team remains in first place and is only two regulation wins away from mathematically securing a spot in the semi-finals of the playoffs.
Back home, the Squirts had a tough loss to Tulsa. The team took a 2 nothing lead in the first off of goals by Evan Raines, but Tulsa scored three (1 powerplay goal and 2 shorties) to take the lead. Ian Chang scored to tie it in the third, but Tulsa scored with less than four minutes to play for the win. This was the first league loss for the team.
Pee Wee won one and lost one this weekend, but remain in 2nd place in their division. On Saturday the team lost to the first place Oilers 6 nothing. On Sunday the team battled back from a 2 goal deficit to defeat a good Brahmas team 3 to 2. CJ Bachman scored on a powerplay and then assisted on a Joseph Bruszer goal to tie it. Bruszer scored a powerplay goal with just over a minute left to play to secure the win. Ethan Filippo got the win in net.
On the high school front, the Varsity team extended its win streak to 5 with a 4 to 2 win over Frisco. Both Kavulich twins scored, as did Will Anderson and Brendon McMahon. Daniel Mignault got the win in net.
JV Gold defeated Birdville 5 to 3 to keep its spot in first place. Jack Rohwer scored two and Cameron Williams, Kyle Mills and Eric Hagood each scored. Mills had three assists and Kevin Miller had two assists. Troupe Shelton got the win. JV Silver had a 6 nothing loss to one of the top teams in the Silver division.
Bantam Minor extended its win streak to 7 games with two victories this weekend. On Saturday the team defeated the Imperials 8 to 3. Brown had two goals and DeHaven, Lawler, Sours, Bonneau, Naphan and Eaton had one each. Pottinger got the win in net. On Sunday, the team defeated the Dallas Oilers 5 to 1. Jack Eaton got two and Naphan, Bonneau and Schleicher got one. Triece got the win in net. The team is in first place in its division.
Bantam Major picked up 7 points this week in league play. On Wednesday, the team was trailing DJHA 3 to 1 after two periods, but came back to tie it off of two goals by Tyler Jensen. The team ultimately lost in a shootout. On Saturday, the team defeated the Tulsa Oilers 8 nothing. Kale had two goals and Gurman, Modene, Enloe, Sinclair, Rosenfeld and Jensen had one each. Biks with the shutout win in net. On Sunday, the team defeated Tulsa again; this time 13 to 1. Gurman, Erdman, Klose, and Hirschy had two goals apiece and Franks, Lefkof, Rosenfeld, Steen and Girardi had one goal each. Canning with the win.
Pee Wee defeated Houston Wild twice this weekend. On Saturday, the team won 6 to 4. Bruszer started the scoring, but the Wild tied it. Miles and Helm then scored, but the Wild scored two to tie it. Bachman gave the Lightning the lead after two, but the Wild tied it again. Galvin scored the game winner with just over 4 minutes left and Beadles added an insurance goal with 1:45 left. Attanasio and Filippo both played in net. On Sunday, the team won 3 to 1. CJ Bachman had two goals and Gage Brown added one with two minutes remaining. Filippo got the win in net.
Midget Major defeated the HC Dallas U18 AA team for the second time this year. The Lightning won 3 to 1 this time.
Midget Minor dropped its first league game this year, losing 3 to 1 to the Americans.
High School Game Update
Varsity improved to 4-1-0 with a 6 nothing win over Denton County. McKinley had two, LeBlanc, Jim Kavulich, Tilley and Naphan had one each. Mignault with the win in net.
JV Gold defeated Marcus 5 to 3. Kevin Miller had two goals and Williams, Valdron and Novosel each had one. Shelton with the win. The team still leads the JV Gold Division. JV Silver fell to Jesuit 4-0.
In St. Louis, the Bantam Major team won the AA division of the Rolling Thunder Tournament. The team started the tournament with a 5 to 2 win over the Twin Bridges Lightning. On Saturday, the team defeated the Maulers 3 to 1 and then tied the Chesterfield Falcons AA team 1-1. Needing a win or tie on Sunday morning to advance to the championship game, the team defeated the Hoffman Estates Wolf Pack 4 nothing. In a rematch with the Falcons in the Championship Game, the team won 4 nothing to bring home the banner.
In Vegas, the Midget Minor team dominated. On Friday, the team defeated Mission AZ Ice White 4 to 1 and the Redwood City Black Stars 6 to 1. The next day, the team defeated the Nevada Storm 7 to 1 and the AHU White Knights 8 nothing. In the Gold Medal game, the team defeated the Storm 4 nothing. Right now, this team is 14-2-1 and has outscored its opponents 86 to 26.
Midget Major came up short in its attempt to make it to the championship round, but had a good weekend. The team started the tournament with a 1-1 tie with the Jaguars, who would finish second. They then defeated the Spirit 4 to 1 and the Spartans 5 to 2. In the semi-final round, the team lost to the Jaguars 6 to 3.
Bantam Minor got in the win column after some near misses. The team played strong and defeated the Dallas Oilers 5 to 1. Goals were scored by Brown, Eaton, James, Lawler, and Pafford, with Lawler, Schleicher, Brown, Pafford, and Wieland getting assists. Pottinger got the win in net.
Pee Wee won one and lost one. On Saturday, the team played the Elite hard but lost 4 to 2. On Sunday, the team played DJHA for the first time, winning 6 to 4. Ian Lotz got two goals, Isaac Lerma scored one. CJ Bachman scored on a penalty shot. Joseph Bruszer scored on a powerplay and Beck Pettijohn scored a shorty. Great win for the team.
In high school, Varsity defeated Mansfield 2 nothing. Aidan Everett and Jimmy Kavulich scored. Brower got the win in net. JV Silver lost to Mansfield.
JV Gold defeated Flower Mound 7 to 5 to improve to 2-0-0. Kevin Miller, Kyle Mills and Levi Vogel started the scoring. Levi would add two more for a trick, Kevin Miller would score his second, and John Novosel would score one. Flower Mound would score 3 in the final five minutes, but the team held on for the win. Troupe Shelton got the win in net.