For their outstanding play on the ice this past season, three Panther Varsity players will skate in the 2017 AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey All-Star Game on Wednesday, April 5. Defenseman Will Turner, netminder Jack Dockery, and forward Joseph Erickson all received top honors and will represent Plano East in the game of outstanding players from across the league. Players were nominated by their teams' coaching staff, with the final selection determined by league officials.
Turner had 7 goals and 17 assists on the season and was previously named the Silver Division's top defenseman. Jack "Dock" Dockery lead the Silver Division in wins (11) and tied for shutouts (4). Joey Erickson scored 15 goals and assisted 9 times and provided strong two-way play throughout the season.
The game will be played at DPSC Frisco at 7:00p.
Panther hockey fans have known all season that defenseman Will Turner has an impact every time he is on the ice. Now the league has taken note, naming #8 the Top Defenseman in the Varsity Silver division. Shouts of "Wiiiiillll" could be heard from the crowd for many of the games this past season as the blueliner developed a loyal set of fans that many times sported an oversized cutout of his head. "Will is an unbelievable person which translates to his on-ice play through his work ethic and desire to outperform his opponents," said head coach Corey Clarks.
For being named the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League's Varsity Silver Top Defenseman, Will received 2 tickets to the April 4th Dallas Stars game, where he will be presented with a plaque during the game, as well as recognition on the league website. Congratulations Will!
The league also named three Panthers to receive All Academic Honors for their performance in the classroom. These players will receive a plaque from the league and recognition on the league website:
John Henry Lightfoot
Great work Panthers!
The Junior Varsity Panthers finished the regular season of the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League atop the standings, and made a convincing run in the playoffs culminating in a dominating win over an upstart McKinney team in the championship game Thursday night.
The JV Panthers won their 1st round playoff game 10-0 over Plano West, and semi-final game 7-3 over Grapevine/Colleyville to earn a spot in the championship game. Their opponent was 5th seeded McKinney, who had earned their way into the game with two upsets over 4th seed Prosper and 2nd seed Denton County. PESH and McKinney had split their two games during the regular season, with PESH winning the season opener 3-2 in overtime, and McKinney winning 3-1 in January- one of only two losses for PESH on the year.
The high scoring Panthers got things started with a Gareth Ambler goal just under two minutes into the game, assisted by Micha Maldonado and Kimmy Hullum. Although the Panthers controlled the puck for the rest of the period, as they did most of the game, the score remained 1-0 at the end of the 1st period.
Just 3 minutes into the 2nd period Luke Lambert made it 2-0 off an assist from Max Honeybone. The Panthers would score twice more before the 2nd period was over (Honeybone from Jack Eaton and Eaton from Brandon Cardoso and Ovi Benitez) and McKinney scored their lone goal. 4-1 at the end of the 2nd frame.
Maldonado scored one more in the final seconds of the 3rd period (assisted by Hullum and Nathan Turner) for the 5-1 win, and the title of City Champions. PESH goalie Richie Sloane stopped 11 of 12 shots for the win.