Both Panthers teams finished the regular season strong and are headed to the playoffs in their respective divisions, but not strong enough for 1st round byes. The Varsity Panthers will play tonight and Junior Varsity will play on Sunday in the single elimination post-season playoff.
The Varsity Panthers finished the regular season in 3rd place in the 9 team Varsity Silver division with 37 points and a record of 11-4-1-2. Jack Eaton (16 goals, 17 assists) and Joseph Erickson (16 goals, 8 assists) were top scorers on the season. Netminder Jack "Doc" Dockery was 10-6 on the season and led all high school goaltenders with 4 shutouts.
The JV Panthers finished the regular season in 4th place in the 10 team JV Gold division with 32 points and a record of 10-7-1-0. Michah Maldonado (18 goals, 11 assists) and Max Honeybone (19 goals, 8 assists) were the top scorers on the season. Goaltenders Kaleb and Ryan Perez provided most of the time in net and combined for 9 wins and 6 losses on the season.
Varsity vs. Flower Mound/Marcus, 2/22 Thu, 6:45P, DPSC Farmers Branch
JV vs. Grapevine/Colleyville, 2/25 Sun, 6:30P, DPSC McKinney
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.