The playoff schedule for the O’Fallon High Panther ice hockey team was released early this week.
O’Fallon will face off against the winner of a best of three series between Columbia High School and the combined Freeburg/Waterloo High Schools team.
The Panthers finished the regular season in second place with 33 points and ended the season on a 4-0 shutout win over Belleville. O’Fallon went 16-4-1 in 2015-2016 and was nine points behind the Edwardsville Tigers in the standings.
Columbia, who the Panthers are likely to face in their first round of post-season play, finished just two points behind O’Fallon with a 15-5-1 record. During the season, O’Fallon and Columbia faced off three times and went 1-1-1 in their three meetings. Most recently OTHS got the better of Columbia in a 3-1 win in mid-January.
“We ended the season the right way,” said head coach Patrick Roy. “Our first round bye will give us a chance to heal up some injuries and get ready.”
O’Fallon’s first round of playoff hockey will start on Thursday, February 11th at 8pm at the Granite City Ice Arena. Each round of play will be in a best of three format. The second game for O’Fallon will take place on Tuesday, February 16th at 8:15pm and, if needed, game three will be held on Thursday Feb. 18th at 8pm. All three of the games will be played in Granite City.
Senior goaltender Boomer Johnson is expected to be starting in net for the Panthers in the post-season.
On Monday night several Panthers competed in the MVCHA 2016-16 All Star Game. Representing O’Fallon in the game were seniors Preston Townsend, Boomer Johnson, Trevor Rieck, Cameron Forgette and Matt Mcleod. Also playing were juniors Hayden Ourada and Cooper Barnhill, as well as sophomore Logan Drolet. The eight Panthers played for the South Division All Star Team and were coached by head O’Fallon coach Patrick Roy, and assistant coaches Kevin Fearger from Columbia, and Pat Culiberk from Triad.
The first game between Columbia and Freeburg will take place this Thursday.