BY SAM SCINTA
Before last week, the O’Fallon Panther Hockey team was sitting at 2-3 on the year, struggling to find answers after a pair of losses in tight, physical affairs.
Fast forward to this week, where O’Fallon is 5-3 and has one of the most lethal offenses in the MVCHA firing on all cylinders.
Panthers Head Coach Jason Power has Graham Sudduth to thank for a lot of that.
The star goal scorer for O’Fallon netted 4 goals in a dominant 13-1 win over East Alton Wood River last Monday night at the McKendree Metro RecPlex before scoring 5, including 2 shorthanded, in the Panthers’ 8-2 win over Belleville on Tuesday.
Power did not downplay the benefits of having such a prolific scorer on the ice for his team.
“All of the coaches in the league know that Graham is either the best or one of the best players in the area,” Power told the Weekly after the win over Belleville. “He’s so good with the puck, but he’s also so good without it. He does so many of the little things that make him so dangerous out there on a night to night basis.”
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