Panther offense shuts out Granite City

IMG_5060[1]The Panther Ice hockey team did not let the emotion or distraction of senior night get in their way last weekend when they faced off against Granite City.

Before the game started the seniors were honored on the ice with their parents. O’Fallon’s seniors include Preston Townsend, Boomer Johnson, Zach Storck, Trevor Rieck, Jack Belobrajdic, Cameron Forgette, Matt Terveer, Matthew McLeod, and Jimmy Lyles.

O’Fallon went on a spree of offense early in the game to put Granite City away quickly in an 11-0 bashing.

With 9:05 to play in the first period, senior Zach Storck got the Panthers on the board first with the game winning goal and his first varsity goal of the season. Over the course of the remaining two periods, O’Fallon got goals from Aaron Turner (2), Hayden Ourada (2), Matt McLeod (2), Jimmy Lyles, Ethan Ourada, Zach Winkler, and Captain Cameron Forgette.

Picking up assists in the game were Cooper Barnhill (3), Joey Kurrasch (2), Garrett Hagarty (2), Parker Towensend (2), Preston Townsend, Ethan Ourada, Matt Terveer, Ryan Boeck, Jimmy Lyles, and Chris Duncan.

In his second start since returning from injury, senior Boomer Johnson, got the win with a shutout. Johnson stopped all eleven of Granite City’s shots on the night.

“The seniors were pumped up to play on senior night,” said head coach Patrick Roy. “It was a one-sided game and the guys had some extra charge in their step.”

The night started off with the team’s seniors singing the National Anthem together, something Coach Roy says they have wanted to do for a while.

“It showed a lot of character for them to sing together, they may have missed a few of the high notes, but it didn’t sound too bad,” said Roy.

On Monday night the team faced off against Freeburg/Waterloo for the second time this season. The Panthers took the lead in the second period on a goal by Trevor Rieck. Reick’s goal was set up on a nice pass from sophomore Logan Drolet with 56 seconds left in the period.

Freeburg/Waterloo answered back in the third period to tie the game 1-1. Drolet picked up his second point and the game winning goal in the third period on a crafty back hand deflection goal. Graham Sudduth got the assist on the game winner, and Hayden Ourada extended the Panthers lead with an empty net goal towards the end of the third period.

Sophomore goaltender Kristin Smith got the start in net for the Panthers, and only let in one goal on 27 shots. The Panthers outshot Freeburg/Waterloo 37-27.

The Panther victory was their eleventh of the season and improved their record to 11-3-2. They now have 24 points on the season and continue to battle with Columbia and Edwardsville in the top three spots of the MVCHA league.

With five games remaining this season, Roy liked the atmosphere of Monday night’s game.

“It felt like a playoff game against Freeburg/Waterloo and that’s how the next five games are going to be. It’s going to set a nice tone for all the teams involved with the playoffs and it shows us what to expect from post-season,” said Roy.