“They’re really starting to come together, with two victories in a row, I’ve just about lost my voice,” said head coach Rob Feenie of FHC’s varsity hockey team. “Everybody played well tonight.”
With a score of 4-3, FHC’s varsity hockey team defeated Kenowa Hills.
The first period set the bar for the remainder of the game. Six minutes in a goal was scored by Kenowa Hills, only to be answered by junior Parker Lint’s shot into the upper right corner of the net.
The scoreboard only read 1-1 until three minutes into the second period, when junior Tyler Brewer shot the puck between the goalie’s legs and into the net. After nearly ten minutes of steadily increasing the number of shots on Kenowa Hills’ goalie, a turnover at center ice sent the puck into FHC’s net. The score now tied at two, senior Nate Gage shot into the bottom right corner of Kenowa Hills’ net less than 15 seconds later. Gage remembers how he felt scoring his first goal of the season, and recalls the morale of the team.
“I honestly remember thinking ‘yes, that just happened,’” Gage said. “I was pumped, we definitely had some good juices flowing throughout the team.”
Between the second and third period FHC’s flag waved in the stands as the scoreboard read 3-2. In the locker room the team resolved to remain determined and keep up the effort in the final period.
In the third period FHC kept the puck on Kenowa Hills’ side with strong defensive support. With five minutes remaining Kenowa Hills pushed the action to FHC’s net, where senior Cam Andersen managed to find the puck, cross the ice and score a breakaway goal while maneuvering around Kenowa Hills’ defense. Kenowa Hills’ attempt to win back the game with a goal around three minutes remaining was not enough, and FHC enjoyed their second consecutive victory.
Andersen scored the game-winning goal for FHC, though in the moment he remained collected.
“It put us up by 2 at that point. I didn’t think that the game was sealed, but I knew we had to play good defense in order to pull it off,” Andersen said. “I just saw the guy and it was instinct to put it around him and line up a shot.”
Feenie appreciates the team’s ability to adapt and improve, and is willing to assist in any way he can to assure the winning streak continues.
“As far as the coaching staff goes we’re very superstitious.” Feenie said. “We’ve got some coaches wearing ties, some without, some wearing suits, some not. The players are in on it too so we’re very excited, as excited as the boys are.”
by Molly Gaudette