Photo by Hailey Simonson
The boys hockey season got underway on November 20 with a game against Medford. With a challenging game, the boys pulled out a win.
The final score was 6-3. Caden Skelding finished the night with 23 saves in his first starting varsity game. Matthew Becker started the scoring for the season with the first goal. Also scoring goals were Malachi Berry with two and Jacob Meek, Jake Zukowski, and Jonah Zoschke with one each.
The team suffered two tough losses in the Tomah Holiday Tournament. On Friday, November 23 the boys took on Marshfield, losing 0-8. On Saturday they took on Tomah, losing 3-8. After the two losses, the Tigers rallied by beating La Crescent 6-5 in an exciting overtime.
The Tigers are facing a challenge this year with such a young team. The 2-2 record could get some teams down, but this team is keeping their spirits high. The three captains of the team all agreed that the love of the game is what keeps them going.
“I have a passion for hockey. I’ve played it since I was 5, and it’s the best sport in the world,” said Jake Zukowski.
Each captain seems to have the drive to succeed in the game of hockey.
“I’ve been playing hockey for 14 years, and it’s the best sport in the world. I love the atmosphere of hockey,” said Nate Johnson.
No matter how tough this season might be, these three boys are in it for the long run.
“You have to find a way to keep yourself motivated. For me it’s just the love for the game,” said George Meek.
The season is only going to get more challenging. The Tigers will face many strong teams this year. With upcoming games against Onalaska, Aquinas and West Salem, it seems like it will take them a lot of motivation and hard work. This isn’t the first time they’ve had struggles in hockey and had to find motivation.
“I know we have potential, we are already improving since the first game. Our lines are finally starting to click with each other,” said Zukowski.
The boys seem to have high hopes for the season, but this won’t be the first season with some difficulties.
“We’re going to improve throughout the year. We have a fast team and we have a lot of potential,” said Johnson.
The season will be challenging. How have these players overcome challenges in the past?
“There are always challenges in sports, but all you have to do is have the desire to move forward. When it gets hard, that’s when it’s time to get started, that’s how champions are made. Keep going when there’s nothing left,” said Meek.
Like any other sport, quitting can occasionally cross a player’s mind, but hockey is more than a game to these players. The drive to succeed is bigger than the desire to give up.
“It’s more than a game to me, it’s a way of life, and everything that goes with it. I don’t know what I would have done without it,” Meek said
The boys are working hard to keep their spirits up and find new ways to do so.
“It’s the appeal of success, keeping in mind that it may suck right now, it will be worth it in the end,” Meek stated.