By Bill LaTour
Despite the blizzard-like conditions, Saturday evening Feb. 24 could not have gone much better for the Mound Westonka High School boys hockey team. The White Hawks opened Section 2A playoffs with what may have been their best game of the season, beating the Bloomington Kennedy Eagles 8-0 at Parade Ice Garden.
The first half of the first period was more of a feeling out process for both teams, aside from a great White Hawks scoring opportunity just 12 seconds into the game. Unfortunately, the White Hawks took a slashing penalty at 9:15 of the first period. Normally, this “unfortunately” would be for the team that took the penalty, but not in this case. After an aggressive forecheck by the brothers Courneya (senior Trey and junior Britt), Britt Courneya scored the team’s fourth shorthanded goal of the season.
From that point on, it was all White Hawks. They won every race to the puck, they won every battle along the boards and they simply took the Kennedy Eagles players right out of their game. At the final buzzer, it was a decisive 8-0 shutout sectional playoff victory.
Game Highlights vs. Bloomington Kennedy (…and there were many)
- seven White Hawks-scored goals
- 10 White Hawks-added assists
- one shorthanded goal
- three power play goals
- two successful penalty kills
- the White Hawks outshot the Eagles 42-12
- shutout for senior goalie Cole Broome
- The most raucous, fathead-waving student section of the season!
Goals and Assists
- Sophomore Blake Harmer with his first-ever varsity goal and an assist
- Juniors Britt Courneya (1 goal), Carter Hansen (2 goals, 2 assists), Ethan Fetters-Vandenheuvel (1 goal, 1 assist)
- Seniors Brady Aufderheide (1 goal), Trey Courneya (1 goal, 2 assists), Jack LaTour (1 goal, 2 assists), Torsten Lee (3 assists), Owen Mather (1 assist), Hank Nagel (1 assist), Victor Nelson (1 assist), Philipp Weltin (1 assist)
Coaches Corner with Coach Hindermann
It’s always a relief to get that first win and get the jitters out. We were a little nervy to start the game but settled down later in the first period and starting playing our game. We were able to sustain the forecheck and really put pressure on Kennedy’s defense, which lead to long periods of puck possession and mistakes on their part. We capitalized on those mistakes and put them on their heels for most of the game. Great performance by our boys but short lived, as we must elevate our game as we will face a tough Breck team come Tuesday night!
UPDATE 2.28.2018 – The No. 2-seeded White Hawks were upset by sixth-seeded Breck Feb. 27 in the Section 2A playoffs. The final score was 4-2 after an empty net goal.