By Mark Jurgena, Reporter
The Collinsville and Triad club hockey teams squared off for the first time this season on a snowy Veteran’s Day evening at the Granite City Ice Rink.
The Kahoks used a four goal 2nd period to pull away from the Knights and win 7-3.
“We haven’t really started a game well and the Triad game was no different,” said Kahoks coach Ryan Shea. “The beauty of in between periods is that you get to talk to kids. We shored up the defense a little bit and got some kids playing with better match ups we thought we could take advantage of and it worked out.”
For Collinsville, Joel Arnold and Peyton Smith each scored two goals. Nathan Austin, D’Maio Edwards and Brent Ledbetter each added a goal.
The Kahoks got two assists from Jakob Bolandis and Nicholas Garofalo. Jacob Baranski, David Nappier, and Alexander Stenger added an assist as did Austin and Edwards.
Grant Goodson was in goal for CHS.
“Collinsville is always a tough opponent, we didn’t come out as strong as we’d like to and unfortunately we came out with a loss,” said Triad Hockey President and assistant coach Mike Rynes.
For Triad, freshmen Zack Davis and Frankie Rynes each scored their first varsity goals. Andrew Watts scored the other Triad goal.
Ethan McFarland, Paige Stelzer, and Davis contributed assists.
Columbia 1 Collinsville 0
Collinsville returned to the ice the next evening at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in Lebanon. They squared off with Columbia and fell on a 3rd period goal 1-0.
“That was one of the better hockey games I’ve been a part of, both teams played great, both goalies played great,” Shea said.
Elijah DeFosset scored a goal halfway through the 3rd period to provide the winning goal.
“In that game, it came down to the minor details in the 3rd period. We got undisciplined, they went on the powerplay. Then we decided to get even more undisciplined and went down two men. We killed off the 5-on-3. Almost immediately we got our 4th man on the ice and we started chasing and broke our structure and that was it,” said Shea.
Carter Elmore was in goal for Collinsville.
“He had a great game, solid game, made good saves when we needed them,” Shea said.
Columbia finished the week tied for 1st in MVCHA play with a 4-0 record. Freeburg/Waterloo also owned a perfect mark.
Collinsville 11 EAWR 1
Last Thursday at Granite City, Collinsville won 11-1.
For the Kahoks J. Bolandis scored two goals. Arnold, Edwards, Nappier, and Stenger had goals as did David Bennett, Andrew Bolandis, Connor Bush, Aloysiuis Padgett, and Kody Watts.
Garofalo and Austin had four assists each, while Zachary Alberico added three. J. Bolandis and Bush also registered assists.
Grant Goodson made 10 saves in goal.
Collinsville finished the week with a 3-2 mark. That put them in 5th place in the MVCHA.
Triad 11 Bethalto 2
Triad fell behind 2-1 after the 1st period but roared back with eight goals in the 2nd period to soundly beat Bethalto 11-2 last Thursday in Granite City.
“We had a heck of a showing here, we kind of unloaded on them in the 2nd period,” Rynes said.
McFarland scored four goals and added two assists on the evening while Rynes added a hat trick. Stelzer and Davis found the back of the net. While Jake Blaylock and Dylan Sedlak scored their first varsity goals to round out the scoring.
Jordan Lewis had two assists. Elliot McAtee, Boston Betz, and Davis added assists.
Jaxon Tscheulin and Watts also had assists.
Logan Teater was in goal and made 18 saves for the Knights.
Triad completed the week with a 2-2 mark. They were tied for 7th in the league with O’Fallon.