The Varsity Panthers continued their winning ways with a 5th straight win on Thursday, while the JV Panthers returned to the win column Sunday after having lost 3 of the previous 4 games.
Varsity played last place Plano Senior who has yet to win a game on the season and has been outscored 63 goals to 12. PESH contributed to that deficit, scoring 4 unanswered goals in the 1st period on the way to an 8-0 win. Goals scored by Filo (3 goals, 2 assits), Eaton (2 goals, 4 assists), Davison (1 goal, 2 assists), Rhile Woertink (1 goal), and Lightfoot (1 goal). Jack "Doc" Dockery got the win stopping all 20 shots sent his way. Plano East is currently in 2nd place with 18 points behind Denton County (19 points) and ahead of Grapevine/Colleyville (15 points), but both teams have a game in hand over PESH, having only played 7.
The JV Panthers had a tougher time with 5th place Allen on Sunday. The teams traded goals in the first period (Tutka scored for PESH) and 2 goals in the 2nd period with the scored tied at 3 going into the final frame. PESH struck first in the 3rd period, only to see the score tied again less than 2 minutes later before Maldonado (4 goals) scored the go-ahead and Honeybone (1 goal) the insurance goal at the 8 and 6 minute marks respectively. Wallery stopped 17 of 21 shots for the win. Plano East is in 6th place with 11 points, still only 3 points behind 2nd place Plano West, and 13 points behind 1st place undefeated Jesuit.
Varsity (2) at Denton County (1), Thurs 11/16, 8:30P, DPSC Farmers Branch
JV (6) at Denton County (7), Sun 11/19, 5:00P, DPSC Farmers Branch
The Junior Varsity Panthers took on a top ranked team in Grapevine/Colleyville on Sunday and squeaked out an OT win thanks in part to heroics by one Max Honeybone. East struck early and owned the first period with two goals by Maldonado and one by Wallery, with two helpers provided by Honeybone and one from Hatley. Grapevine scored a goal at the end of the period to make it 3-1 PESH. The Panthers outshot Grapevine 7 to 4 in the first frame.
The 2nd period was another matter as Grapevine put the puck on net 9 times and found the back of the net twice, while the Panthers had only 5 shots and no goals. 3-3 tie at the end of the middle frame.
Things tightened up for both teams in the 3rd period with the scorekeeper registering no shots for either team, sending the game into sudden death overtime. In just over a minute into the extra frame, Honeybone scored his first goal of the game and third point to give the JV Panthers an overtime win, and Grapevine/Colleyville their second consecutive OT loss. Final 4-3 PESH.
Following the win, Plano East finds itself in 6th place in the JV Gold division, but only 3 points behind the 2nd place team, cross-town rival Plano West. The Panthers (8 points) will play 4th place Highland Park (10 points) next Sunday, November 5, 4:00p at DPSC Richardson.
The AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League has released the full 2017-2018 regular season schedules. Schedule and results are available on Hockey Shift, as well as the Plano East Hockey website:
The season consists of 18 regular season games from September 2017 to February 2018. The JV Panthers will play in the JV Gold division, with games on Sunday afternoons and evenings. The Varsity Panthers will play in the Varsity Silver division with 16 games on Thursday evening and 2 games on Sunday evening.
The schedule for the first 2 games was released earlier in order for play to begin before the complete schedule could be completed. The Varsity Panthers won their first game against Flower Mound/Marcus 4-2. The JV Panthers won their first game against McKinney 6-0, and lost their second game against Jesuit 2-9.