Varsity hockey team starts the season off 0-1 after losing to Calvary Christian

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Heritage freshman center Steven Popovetsky faces off in his zone against Calvary Christian forward, looking to win the puck and create a fast break opportunity. (Photo/Mr. Laney Stearns)

The American Heritage varsity hockey team made their season debut against Calvary Christian Academy Monday, Oct. 7. Facing off at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs, Fla., the team kicked off their season as high school principal Mrs. Elise Blum dropped the puck at 5:45 p.m.

Taking an early lead, Calvary Christian was able to put the puck in the net first. Continuing to dominate, Calvary was able to hold the lead all of the game. The Patriots were unable to come back from the deficit and lost the season opener 8-2.

Scoring for Heritage was sophomore defender Alexander Saviskas on an early wrist shot assisted by senior defender Scotty Herman. With an early goal giving the team hope, Heritage looked to gain momentum and turn the game around. However, the only other goal Heritage scored for the rest of the game was by freshman forward Michael McCoy on an unassisted breakaway.

Even though the team does not have any games scheduled in the near future, the team still looks to improve after this loss. “We’re definitely gonna work a lot harder in practice, study game tapes when we can and do anything really to build chemistry,” junior forward Gianna Clemente said. “We’ve got a talented group of kids; it’s just a matter of us working together.”

Jack is a junior and a new addition to the newsmagazine staff. Outside of writing for the sports section, Jack has been a starter on the varsity lacrosse team since his freshman year, as well as being an active fisherman. Jack is in a few clubs outside of the school and plans on going to college at his dream school, The University of Michigan.

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