Park boys hockey: Wolfpack takes down Chanhassen 3-1The Park boys hockey team won 3-1 against Chanhassen on Thursday, Dec. 29, but the team continued the series of slow starts and scrappy wins that have plagued their season so far.
By: Teresa Townsend, South Washington County Bulletin
The Park boys hockey team won 3-1 against Chanhassen on Thursday, Dec. 29, but the team continued the series of slow starts and scrappy wins that have plagued their season so far. While the team is often able to eventually build enough momentum for a win, the handful of slow starts illustrates the team’s need to establish a winner’s mentality early on in the game.
After a Chanhassen goal left Park down 1-0 at the end of the first period, the Wolfpack (5-3) was again forced to pull together in order to compete with Chanhassen (4-2).
“Ultimately they had a slow start,” Park head coach Jay Moser said. “They came to the realization that Chanhassen was a better club than they thought they were. Obviously they had to play better to be successful.”
However, the beginnings of improvement can already be seen in the energy exuded in Park players’ pursuit of a win.
“This was Cody Newton’s first game back after his injury; he added some tenacity. Chris Peterson played pretty well; he moved his feet and played hard. Eric Majerle played well for us in the net.”
Majerle’s 27 saves kept the Pack in the game when they wavered in the first period of the game.
Park’s much needed momentum came after a roughing penalty against the Storm early in the second period. Peterson’s powerplay goal tied the game (assist from Jackson Gieser.) Then, Chris Raisanen’s powerplay goal at 13 minutes into the second period won the game for Park. The heightened effort continued through the end of the game. Despite a boarding penalty against Park, a short-handed goal from Garret Mahigan (assist from Eric Stoffel) sealed the 3-1 win for Park.
With expectations of a competitive home game against Mounds View (4-5) this Thursday, Jan. 5, Moser hopes his team will start the game ready to play.
“It wasn’t until the third period [against Chanhassen] that we started to play well,” Moser said. “The guys only wanted to play as hard as they thought they needed to win, instead of playing as hard as they can. It’s a maturation process; it’s a mental thing. We’ve done a good job; we’ve turned it up. I’d still like to see us play three periods.”