Check-ing in on Hockey

Sam Sklar, Sports Editor

  The boys hockey season came to an end last Saturday with a loss in the section semifinals at the Bloomington Ice Garden.
  The Trojans started out the regular season scorching hot winning seven of their first ten games. The team then came back down to life and finished the regular season with a record of 12-9-4. With the third seed in the sectional tournament, the Trojans looked to make their third state appearance in the last four years.
  In the first round of sections, Wayzata cruised to a victory against Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper with a final score of 5-1.
  The Trojans then faced-off against the second seeded Benilde St. Margaret’s for their second meeting of the year. Wayzata jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first period thanks to two goals scored on the power play. BSM then tied up the game in the second period.
  The third period was gridlocked until BSM’s Cooper Gay buried a goal with just under three minutes left. That goal proved to be a game-winner as well as a season-ender for the Trojans.
  “Not having the season end the way we wanted was devastating,” said senior forward Luke Fairchild.
  Despite the disappointing finish to the season, the Trojans had some bright moments in the regular season. Wayzata faced Minnetonka, one of the top teams in the state, twice and was able to tie them not once, but twice.
  Next year’s team will have some big shoes to fill both offensively as well as in between the pipes. Three of the top four goal scorers this season were seniors with Luc Monney leading the team with 19 goals. As for goalie, Wayzata will lose both Danny Fraga and Trevor Wong due to graduation.
  One player the Trojans may look to next year is Jack Kimlinger. As a junior this year, Kimlinger was third on the team in goals with 12 and fifth on the team in assists with 13.
“I grew up playing with all of the boys on this team,” said Fairchild “I will always be thankful for the friendships and memories I created with all of my teammates.”