The #4 seed Carroll Dragons defeated the #5 seed Arlington-Midlothian by a score of 7-2, #1 seeded Frisco 2-1, and #3 seeded Richardson-Rockwall 2-0 to win the Varsity Bronze League Championship. Congratulations, Dragons on a successful season!
During the National Anthem of the 2017 State Championship Game
Celebrating a 3-0 win over Jesuit in State Playoffs. Dragons play Allen next in State Championship game.
Varsity Gold celebrating their 6-4 victory over Keller. The team goes into the holiday break with 2 wins in the last 2 games.
The JV Gold huddles up to prepare for the final period of play
This was a must-see game in McKinney on Tuesday night. The 3rd seeded Southlake Dragons were facing the 19-1 Plano Sr. team. The contest lived up to the hype, as Plano Sr was going up against the underdogs that handed them their only loss during regular season play.
The first period was a deadlocked affair, with the scoreboard reading 0-0, and goalie Ryan Hooks (#50) gobbling up all 4 shots on goal. The Dragons pushed the pace with 9 shots in the first.
Half way through period #2 the Wildcats struck first, with a goal from their leading scorer during the season. But the Dragons continued to keep it close, and during the final two minutes of second period play, Ben Hagedoorn (#76) tipped a pass from his knees behind the goal onto the tape of Noah Schembri (#91). Noah slipped it past the senior goalie from Plano Sr. It was evident that Plano Sr was picking up offensively, outshooting SC 10-4 during the second period.
In the third the Dragons pulled ahead on an individual effort by Nate Broadfield (#54), as he took the puck on a breakaway and buried it on Derrick Deraleau. Plano Sr again pushed their shooting up a notch, taking twice as many shots as the Dragons. With 4 minutes left in the game, the Wildcats scored on a deflected shot. The game was 2-2 at the end of regulation.
Overtime was not kind to the Dragons, who had fought all season long and put an outstanding game plan together to challenge Plano Sr. The Wildcats found an opportunity 34 seconds into the sudden-death overtime period to win the contest. It was a heartbreaker for the Dragons, but they deserved the compliments that their many fans and parents provided in the end.
All around, defense, offense and goaltending was superb ... they truly played as a team under the supervision of the three coaches; Coach Dan Wildfong, Coach Chris and Coach Secord. They had to be commended for the development and sportsmanship of their team. We also have to thank the Hirschy's for their diligence and organization - the team was well informed of the game changes (locations/times) and all the happenings on an almost daily basis. It was a stellar season.
Keller planned to "slay" the Dragons, but Southlake had other plans for the Indians
The Keller Indians showed up to the semi-final game against the Dragons with hand-drawn banners and plenty of bravado. All the previous games between the two teams ended in overtime duels and one goal victories. Wednesday was nearly a repeat rivalry game.
The Dragons played clean from horn to horn, with not one penalty call. Despite physical play from Keller, they only found themselves down on a penalty kill once during the contest. Evidently, the refs were content with the style of play throughout.
Southlake was able to put in the first three goals during the first two periods; a gorgeous breakaway and wrist shot from Julian Gonzalez (#97), then two goals in the second period off the stick of Nate Broadfield (#54) - both times coming off feeds from Truman Hirschy (#93). Southlake only put up 19 total shots, but they were more deadly accurate than the 24 from Keller.
Ryan Hooks was on his game in front of the defense, who played outstanding stick-on-puck defense for the entire even strength minutes. It was not until the final 2:32, when Keller pulled goalie Orth for an extra skater, that they could put the goal into the net. The Indians got two late goals at 2:11 and :02 to make the final score 3-2.
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Kelli Doll (#55) waits on defense for Lovejoy to challenge the Dragons
The Southlake team brought both offense and defense power back from Spring Break in the victory over the Lovejoy Leopards in their first playoff game of the post-season.
The defensive core held Lovejoy to a paltry 8 total shots for the game, giving Ryan Hooks (#50) a precious few shots to save. In the third period Ryan was replaced by Wyatt Chappel (#48), who kept the shutout alive to the final buzzer.
On the offensive side of the ice, there were several multi-point players. Noah Schembri (#91) had 1 goal and 2 assists, Nate Broadfield (#54) netted two goals, and Ben Hagedoorn (#76) finished with 4 points (2G/2A). Also figuring into the scoring, with a goal each, were Julian Gonzalez (#97), Truman Hirschy (#93) and Ben Dackiw (#26).
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The Dragons first goal from Julian Gonzalez to Nate Broadfield vs. Plano Sr.
All components of the Southlake-Carroll JV system were working on Sunday night, as the Dragons throttled the Plano Sr. Wildcats 3-0 in an interesting game.
The first period went to the goalies, Ryan Hooks (#50) and Plano's Derrick Deraleau, as both of them shut down the scoring and came up with saves on all of the total 17 shots-on-goal recorded.
The second period looked to be a repeat shutout, with SC getting 13 shots and Plano Sr just 5 shots. But it was with under 10 seconds left on the clock in the 2nd period, a breakaway by Julian Gonzalez (#97) and Nate Broadfield (#54) materialized. Nate hit Julian with a well-timed cross ice pass with just 5 seconds left that caught Deraleau out of position and gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead.
During the third period the tables were reversed, with the Wildcats posting 13 shots and SC just 5. Ryan Hooks seemed to have the beat on every one of the attempts, leaving it in the hands of the forwards to get the job done. With 3 minutes left and Plano pressing, Nate Broadfield made a steal at mid-ice and chipped the puck forward into the Plano zone.
Plano goalie Deraleau came high out of the crease to poke check it before Nate arrived, however, their sticks met simultaneously. The puck stayed stationary as Deraleau dropped his stick and trick to kick at the puck - Noah Schembri, who trailed the play, scooped it out from the skates of three players and slapped it into the goal. The Dragons led 2-0.
With just over 2:30 minutes to play, Plano pulled the goalie in favor of an extra skater. The Dragons defense; Kelli Doll, Ethan Tapley, Davis Clapp and Zach Jones kept Plano off the scoreboard, and Truman Hirschy (#93) deposited a long empty net goal into the Plano net with just under a minute remaining. The final score was 3-0.
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Dragons coaching staff give instructions to the team during the final minutes of the season
The 2016 City Championship run ended in the quarter final round against arch rival Keller on Tuesday Night, a day after bouncing Frisco in the semi's.
It was an epic chess match, with both teams moving up and down the ice with very few chances and low shots on goal. The defenses were playing at peak performance - while the offensive lines had trouble generating decent scoring chances. The first period ended with a paltry 6-6 shots on goal.
During the second it was totaling 8-8 shots on goal midway through, and the period ended 5 to 3 shots on goal in Southlake's favor. But that edge did not help, as the score remained 0-0. Takeshi Alvarez held back the Keller team with outstanding positioning in net.
Half way through the 3rd period the 0-0 tie was snapped, Keller put a tough angle goal in on the Dragon's net. Even though the final period was 6-5 shots on goal in favor of SC, the Dragons were unable to find the tying goal on their stick.
The game ended with a last second empty net goal during a 4-on-4 scenario due to penalties for both teams. The season ended for three seniors who played hard and well all year; Louie Guarino (#8), Todd Luther (#4) and Nick Hughes (#98).
Dragons Varsity teammates celebrate the goal by Saunders Penn (#22) against Weston Walker of Frisco
The Dragons Varsity were tough at both ends of the ice against Frisco. The defense kept Frisco to 5-5-11 shots by period for a game total of only 21. There was only one penalty all game by the Dragons, which kept them at full strength for all but 2 minutes. Takeshi Alvarez (#37) only allowed one goal to sneak by throughout the contest.
Offensively there were plenty of shots on Frisco's Weston Walker - 35 coming from all angles and multiple players. Walker played strong, but the puck movement and shot attempts finally caught up with him. It was a two goal night for Alex Carbone (#41), one solo and the other fed from Jake Ashlock (#2) and forward Scott Joy (#23). The two goals were bookended by Saunders Penn (#22), who buried shots passed to him from Michael Walsh (#73) and senior Louie Guarino (#8) in both cases. The final goal was a pay back powerplay score on goalie Walker who took the penalty earlier on a slash to his legs in front of the crease.
Dragons forward Nate Broadfield (#54) puts the puck on Keller goalie Orth
The Southlake-Keller JV rivalry continued in normal fashion on Sunday night, as the Dragons saw a 2-1 lead evaporate with 40 seconds to go in the game. The game went to O.T. to decide the winner, yet again.
The Dragons played an outstanding penalty-free game, using a passing and puck-movement attack against their opponent. Even though Keller jumped out to the lead in the second with just 3 minutes remaining in the period, S-C tied the game less than a minute later on a Nate Broadfield (#54) pass from Naya Penn (#13).
Less than one minutes after that goal, Dragons teammates Noah Schembri (#91) and Ben Hagedoorn (#76) hooked up for a goal on a Keller turnover deep in the Keller offensive zone. Schembri finished off the initial shot by Hagedoorn.
Keller poured on all their offense in the third period, keeping the puck pinned in the Southlake end for a majority of the time. This was evident in a 12-1 shooting advantage, while the shots on goal for the entirety was 29-16 in favor of Keller.
Keller finally got the puck past Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks (#50) with 40 seconds left on the clock in regulation. During the overtime period, with teams skating 4-on-4, S-C had 2 shots, while Keller cashed in on their only shot with just 45 seconds remaining.
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Louie Guarino (#8 Var Silver) leans in for the faceoff against Grapevine-Colleyville
The Varsity team came up against a Mustang team firing on all cylinders Thursday night in Euless. Despite some shots ringing off the uprights behind G-C goalie Perry, there was little time & space to maneuver.
The Dragons were able to gradually increase their scoring push as the game progressed, registering a total of 26 shots in the game, 11 of them in the second period. The fact that Southlake allowed 22 shots by Grapevine in the second, and a total of 41 for the game, was the main reason for the outcome. The Mustangs produced two goals per period, which put the Dragons in catch-up mode throughout.
Truman Hirschy (#93) on his goal in regulation to put the Dragons up 1-0 against the Attack
The JV Gold team seemed to clang iron and miss the key opportunities throughout the night, but finally earned the victory in overtime against a resilient Arlington-Midlothian team and an excellent goaltending performance by Ryan Whittaker.
The Dragons struck first on an unassisted wrist shot by Truman Hirschy (#93) which caught Whittaker by surprise. But the Attack did not back down, continuing to press on offense and scoring 2 minutes later on a puck which bounced up over the back of Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks (#50). The Attack's six shots in the first was almost half their total for the entire game (13).
Despite the Dragons pouring on scoring chances through the next two periods and finishing regulation with a total of 26 shots, they were not able to score again. In overtime, Kelli Doll (#55) took a long slapshot from just inside the blueline, the shot bounced off Whittaker and he lunged to cover the puck. With the puck just inches out of reach, Nate Broadfield (#54) was in perfect position to lift the biscuit over the Arlington goalie for the game winning goal.
Steven McNamara (#14) fires one of the Dragons 44 shots at Denton's McElroy
The Southlake-Carroll team had plenty of shots on goal and opportunities on the power play, but came up a goal short against the Denton Cty Spartans on Thursday. The final was 3-2 in favor of Denton.
Despite a whopping 44 shots on goal, the Dragons only landed 2 goals during the evening - Denton goalie McElroy was fighting off all types of scoring chances on even strength, during the 5-on-4 powerplay, and on 2 extended 5-on-3's.
The first period was scoreless, with SC getting the majority of shots (13-6). At the start of the second there was pileup in front of Dragons goalie Brayden Mullins (#70), and the referee called for a Spartan penalty shot. The referee believed the puck was being covered in the crease by a Southlake player. Denton converted to take the lead.
Southlake forward Louie Guarino (8) pulled the Dragons even with a goal later in the period, the assists came from Lucas Peddicord (81) and Jake Ashlock (2). At the start of the third Denton scored to take the 2-1 lead, but Saunders Penn (22) scored a mere 16 seconds later on an unassisted breakaway - putting the puck through the five hole on McElroy.
The final goal of the game (and eventual game winner) was delivered by the Spartans at 12:25 of the third.
Louie Guarino (8) taking a slapshot against Frisco during his 3 goal performance
Scott Joy (23) and Louie Guarino (8) both logged hat tricks against Frisco in a lopsided 9-1 victory on Wednesday night. The Varsity team punished Frisco goalie Weston Walker with 27 shots on goal. The Frisco team only found the opportunity to put 13 on Dragons netminder Brayden Mullins. Mullins stopped all but one of those shots.
Despite a short bench and players on the ice with little rest, the defense factored into the scoring, with three defensemen having 2 assists each; Jake Ashlock (2), Saunders Penn (22) and Michael Walsh (#73).
Dragons players congratulate Louie Guarino on his varsity game goal, which gave Southlake the lead against Mansfield
The SC Dragons teams each came away with victories on a special night to honor the 3 graduating seniors; Nick Hughes, Louie Guarino and Todd Luther.
The Varsity game against Mansfield was a high scoring affair, with 13 total goals. The game was deadlocked for almost 40 of the 45 minutes, when the Dragons cranked up the afterburners and popped three goals in during the final 5:24 of the game.
Senior Louie Guarino (#8) started the scoring at 11:23 of the first, on a pass from Luke Peddicord (#81), but Mansfield jumped back into the fray just 45 seconds later to tie it at 1-1. Scott Joy (#23) and Cole Shannon (#24) provided passes wwhich led to the Dragons retaking the lead on an Alex Carbone (#41) goal. Three minutes passed when Mansfield again evened the score.
Scott Joy nailed a powerplay goal just before the first period ended, however, Mansfield again fired back to tie the game at 3-3 just 18 seconds later. Southlake put 14 shots on Mansfield goalie Seevers while Takeshi Alvarez (#37) faced 10 shots.
Mansfield took the role of leader at the start of the second, but then Scott Joy blistered a wrister from the red end line deep into the corner of the net to tie the game at 4-4, Alex Carbone and Blake Wood provided assists on the play. The Dragons dropped behind by a goal at 7:20 of the 2nd period, but then pulled into a 5-5 tie on a Todd Luther (#4) defensive wrister. Shots in the second were even at eight a piece.
The game remained knotted at 5 for the first 9-plus minutes of the final period. Alex Carbone nabbed the game-winning goal at 5:24 of the third and suddenly two seniors stepped into the action; with 55 seconds left Todd Luther secured a 7-5 lead with an empty net goal and then Louie Guarino finished the night with his own put-in on Seevers.The final was 8-5, with 34 total Southlake shots on goal and Mansfield finishing with 26.
The three seniors were gifted backpacks filled with Dickies products after the game to wish them good luck in their endeavors after high school.
The JV game was dramatically different - a virtual battle of speed vs. size - and a low scoring affair. Noah Schembri (#91) scored early in the first on a pass from Davis Clapp (#21). Keller JV scored at 9:10 of the first, then the game was frozen for the rest of regulation. Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks faced 18 shots through the game, only allowing the one past him.
As the game was forced to OT, still nobody could hit the twine at the back of the net. Southlake had 5 shots, Keller just 2. The shootout was used to decide the outcome. After going nine skaters deep, Ben Hagedoorn (#76), Alex Secord (#20) and Ben Dackiw (#26) combined on goals to surpass Keller by one goal and earn the victory.
Goalies Ryan Hooks (#50) and Wyatt Chappell (#48) discuss strategy in their combined shutout over Plano West
Goalies Ryan Hooks (#50) and Wyatt Chappell (#48) split duties in net on Super Bowl Sunday against the Plano West Wolves. Together the duo faced 19 shots and stuffed all 19.
The defense had a big part of the action, stopping the Wolves from getting good scoring chances or even getting it deep into the Dragons zone to cycle the puck. Just 8 seconds into the game on the opening shift, the Dragons offense buried the puck behind Plano's Travis Chapman for the first goal of the game, setting the tone for the remainder of the evening.
The offensive charge was led by Noah Schembri (#91) who accounted for 3 goals/2 assists. The other players making the scoresheet were Ben Dackiw (#26) with two goals, Julian Gonzalez (#97) on an unassisted goal, and Ben Hagedoorn (#76) with a goal and an assist.
The JV team put up 32 total shots on goal, finding various ways to streak into the zone and create a potent offense. Assists on the goals included Will Robert (#19), Cameron Davis (#3) and Davis Clapp (#21).
Alex Carbone (#41) takes a slapshot on FMM goalie Tobias
The Dragons team had a winning streak foiled by FMM in overtime on Thursday night. The teams were evenly matched, as they stayed within one goal of each other through the entire game.
FMM took the lead half way through the first period, but the Dragons snapped back with an unassisted goal from Alex Carbone (#41) - a great individual effort to steal the puck and turn it into a score.
FMM scored to take the 2-1 lead with 6:16 left in the second, but Luke Peddicord (#81) finished on an assist from Saunders Penn (#22) just 40 seconds later to make the game 2-2.
The shots on goal were 24 (SLC) to 19 (FMM) after two periods, with Dragons goalie Brayden Mullins (#70) holding the FMM offense in check. The game remained scoreless through the third period.
In the final two minutes of the period SC had two minor penalties which forced them to work defensively with 2 players down. They were able to kill off the 5-on-4 and the long 5-on-3 as the regulation horn sounded.
The penalty kill became a 4-on-3 into the first 5 seconds of the five minute overtime period, but before the Dragons 4th player could get across the ice and into the play, FMM had snuck the puck in behind Mullins for the winning goal.
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Dragon JV Gold teammates Ben Hagedoorn (#76) and Noah Schembri (#91) celebrate Ben's third goal against Jesuit
The Jesuit team started out competitive against the Dragons in the first period, managing 7 shots on Southlake's goaltender Ryan Hooks (#50). Ryan stopped all the shots, while at the offensive end the Dragons netted 2 goals, one from Zach Jones (#88) and the other by Ben Hagedoorn (#76).
SC amped up their play as Jesuit started to wear down with a short bench - four goals were scored on 13 shots in the second, coming from Ben Hagedoorn, two by Nate Broadfield (#54) and one by defenseman Kelli Doll (#55). Jesuit only managed 2 shots in the second period. They also hurt their own cause by sitting a player for 10 minutes on a charging major.
The third period was a repeat of the second, with just 2 shots on goal. However, Jesuit was able to put one in, making the score 6-1 early in the period. The Dragons offense continued to attack, as Nate Broadfield had a hat trick on his next goal (shorthanded), and then Truman Hirschy (#93) followed shortly after wih another shorthanded goal.
Zach Jones propelled the Dragons to a 9-1 lead on his second goal of the night from his defensive position. The game was capped off with two more goals - Nate Broadfield getting his 4th and Ben Hagedoorn completing a hat trick as well.
Blake Wood & Michael Walsh after a score against the HP Scots
The HP Scots (3-12) entered Thursday's game with hopes of playing to the level of the #2 Silver Division Southlake Carroll Dragons (12-3 record). It was a 5-assist Blake Wood performance, shared goalie responsibility, and two goals from Alex Carbone (#41) and 3 from Michael Walsh (#73) that capsized the Scots plans.
Walsh opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal, and just 40 seconds later Alex scored his first on assists from Blake Wood and Michael Walsh. HP did not lay down at this point, creeping back into the game with a goal one minute later to make it 2-1. The Dragons responded again, James Gibson (#45) put in a goal less than a minute later, assisted by Blake Wood. The first period ended with shots on goal SC 9, HP 6, with Brayden Mullins (#70) in goal.
In the second period, just 30 seconds in, Walsh put the SC Dragons ahead 4-1. HP found themselves within 2, as they were able to get the puck behind Adam Koskovich (#31), who had split duties with Mullins. But then with :25 seconds left in the 2nd period, David Driggs (#71) put the Dragons lead almost out of reach at 5-2.
The third period was the Dragons best shooting period, with a whopping 19 to 6 shots-on-goal differential. Although HP did get another goal, 4 diffrent Dragons players scored; Alex Carbone, David Driggs, Michael Walsh and Jacob Jones - the final score was 9-3 with a 34-16 total shots on goal.
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Ben Dackiw (#26) having a two point game against Lovejoy - an assist and an unassisted goal
JV Gold put 42 total shots on Lovejoy Leopard goaltender Andrew Pottinger and tallied 8 goals in a balanced performance on Sunday afternoon. It was a four goal game for Noah Schembri (#91), as well as 4 other players having the scoring touch (Will Robert, Ben Dackiw, Ben Hagedoorn and Alec Secord).
The defense figured into the scoring as well, with 3 defensive players feeding for the assist - Kelli Doll (#55), Ethan Tapley (#15), and Davis Clapp (#21). The win pushed the Dragons to a 9-5 record, while Lovejoy fell to 1-15. The game had just one penalty called on Lovejoy, and the Leopards managed to score one goal in the second on Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks, otherwise he was flawless on the 13 shot outing.
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Dragons Varsity celebrate a goal against Grapevine-Colleyville
The Varsity team found themselves facing a strong Grapeville-Colleyville squad sitting right below them in the Silver Division rankings on Thursday evening.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal less than one minute into the game. But as before, the Dragons have a knack for battling back, ignoring the scoreboard and concentrating on their own gameplan.
It was team captain Lucas Peddicord (#81) who pulled the Dragons into contention with a goal at 7:32 of the first, then an assist on Louie Guarino's (#8) goal just three minutes later, during the powerplay.
GC pulled the game back to even two minutes later, 2-2. The first period ended with goalie Takeshi Alvarez (#37) seeing 8 total shots, while Southlake managed only 6 at the other end of the ice. It was two consecutive penalties at the end of the first that put the Dragons in a jam, as the Mustangs capitalized on the 5 v 3 man advantage and put another goal in to take a 3-2 lead.
Defenseman Michael Walsh (#73) put a surprise shot from the point into the net over the arm of Mustang goalie Caleb Perry at 11:43 of the 3rd, tying the game at 3-3, yet again. Just 23 seconds later David Driggs (#71) put Southlake Carroll up with an unassisted goal. Grapevine pressed again, tying the game at 4-4 on a nifty, from the knees shot, past Takeshi Alvarez with 7 minutes remaining.
The intensity picked up for the remainder of the game, both teams trying to end it in regulation. While they went toe-to-toe, neither team wanted to be the one to commit a penalty and give the other an advantage. It was a roughing call, close to boarding, which sent the GC player to the box with just over 4 minutes to play. Southlake struck on the power play - Lucas Peddicord taking a pass from Saunders Penn (#22) to put the Dragons up again.
The Mustangs pulled their goalie for an attempt to tie the game with 1:21 remaining. But the puck squirted over the Dragon blueline into neutral ice on a defensive play. Saunders Penn squeezed between two GC players to gain control and tap in an empty net goal to drive the victory home with 1:00 left on the clock.
It was a lock-down defense that allowed the Dragons to secure this victory through the last two periods of the game. Takeshi Alvarez faced 9 shots in the second period, giving up just 2 goals. But in the third, the SC defense held the Mustangs to 0 shots, which made Takeshi's workout in the net much easier. Meanwhile the Dragons racheted up the offense and drilled Perry with 24 shots through the same two periods.
David Driggs (#71) celebrates following his winning goal after taking a pass from linemate Cole Shannon (#24)
The Dragons team welcomed back Cole Shannon from injury and unbeaten goalie 'Kosko' in net to meet the 11-1 Keller team in a rivalry game at Euless.
Even though Keller was able to get on the board first in the game, the first period ended just 1-0 with shots tied 9-9. Late in the second period Keller found themselves in penalty trouble and Southlake captain Luke Peddicord (#81) capitalized with a power play goal, the assists came from Noah Schembri (#91) and Louie Guarino (#8).
Keller's Carson Smith scored his second goal early in the third period to put them up 2-1, despite being shorthanded after a 5 min penalty and ejection of Jacob Felch. The second period ended with 13 shots on goal by Keller, and 20 by the Dragons.
In the third period the Dragons dug deep and came back to score two consecutive goals in the last 2 minutes - the first by Jake Ashlock (#2), and then the winning goal with :34 seconds left on the clock by David Driggs (#71).
Adam Koskovich (#31) finished the game stopping 18 of 20 shots and handing Keller their second loss of the year.
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Linemates celebrate the third goal on Walker by Louie Guarino (#8)
The Southlake team rebounded from the heartbreak overtime loss to Coppell (State Playdown) to deliver solid defense and offense to earn a 4-1 victory in Plano Dr Pepper rink on Thursday night.
The defensive core virtually shut down Frisco's offense, allowing just 13 total shots on goal, and only 1 in the second period. Captain Luke Peddicord (#81) opened the scoring four minutes into the game with the finish of a pass from Louie Guarino (#8). The game remained at 1-0 for the remainder of the first period.
The score remained 1-0 through the first 10 minutes of the second when Frisco had their first and only shot of the period. A Harrison Bonney (#18) slapshot on the powerplay deflected off the Frisco defender, and the rebound allowed Frisco a huge jump and they scored on the ensuing race down the ice. Other than the goal, Brayden Mullins (#70) played a flawless game.
The Dragons frustrated Frisco goaltender Walker by burying two goals just 42 seconds apart. The first, a Pete Adams (#25) slapshot that made it through the traffic in front of the net, and then an unassisted goal by Louie Guarino on a wrister.
The intensity of Frisco picked up while down 3-1 in the third, as they had the majority of their shots (9). Blake Wood (#12) put the nail in the coffin with a goal with just 4 minutes left. The 4-1 gap seemed to signal the start of undisciplined play by Frisco, who landed in the penalty box, with multiple infractions, for the final 2 minutes.
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Blake Wood (#12) makes a wrist shot during the State Playdown game against Coppell
The outcome of the second game in a best 2 out of 3 series between the Cowboys and the Dragons has been decided. Although the Dragons put together a formidable team, they came up just short of pushing them to a game 3.
Southlake mounted a comeback every time Coppell put a goal on the board to take a lead, and kept the fans on the edge of their seats for the entire game.
Takeshi Alvarez (#37) was in goal and faced 28 total shots from Coppell during regulation. The Dragons started the game with some minor infractions during the latter part of the first period, but found themselves leading by one, as they were able to kill off the Cowboy's multiple man advantage opportunities and tally two goals by the end of the first period.
Luke Peddicord (#81) claimed the first goal for the Dragons with an assist from Louie Guarino (#8) and knotted the game at 1-1.
Tied 1-1 late in the first, Saunders Penn (#22) grabbed a loose puck behind the net and reversed direction on Coppell goalie Haapenen - sneaking the puck inside the far post on a wraparound, making the score 2-1 in favor of SC.
The second was a virtual stalemate until Coppell scored with just :16 seconds left in the period. At the start of the 3rd, with the score 2-2, the Cowboys struck again to take the lead. A mere 1:40 later, Saunders Penn was in the slot when an errant rebound popped out from Coppell's crease and he was able to bury it deep behind the goalie. The game was tied again, 3-3.
Coppell went up 4-3 midway in the 3rd period, but the Dragons continued to battle to get opportunities on offense. The clock was stopped with 36 seconds left in the game, as the referee was in obvious pain. This was the third long stoppage of the game, as a skate issue and another bad spell for the referee halted play earlier in the game.
The Dragons pulled Takeshi Alvarez from the net in favor of an extra skater, and with just 4.7 seconds left in the game, Blake Wood (#12) buried the puck into the net behind a swarm of players trying to gain control in front of the crease. This tied the game 4-4 and sent it to a 4 vs. 4 player sudden death overtime format.
Coppell was able to seal the victory with 1:12 left in the overtime period on a wrist shot. Both teams had 2 shots during the overtime period. It was an exciting game, with the underdog Dragons in 8th seed taking on, and clearly hanging with, the #1 seeded Coppell Gold division team. There was nothing left in the tank for the Southlake squad, as all the players went full bore to force the Coppell team to put their best skaters on the ice to prevent an upset.
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Defense Kelli Doll (#55) and forward Alec Secord (#20) helping out Goalie Ryan Hooks (#50) in the defensive end against Plano
The JV Gold team returned from the Holiday break to face #1 ranked Plano Sr. JV Gold at the Euless Dr Pepper rink on Sunday, January 3rd.
It was a 12-0 Plano Wildcats team that came ready to defend its position at the top of the leaderboard. The Wildcats pummeled Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks (#50) with 24 shots through three periods, while the Southlake JV could only muster nine shots for the entire game.
The action was clean and only 3 minor penalties were called during the contest. It was in the final 2 minutes of the game, Noah Schembri (#91) collected an unassisted goal to prevent a Wildcat shutout. The Plano team scored an empty netter with less than a minute remaining while the Dragons pulled Hooks for an extra forward.
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Steven McNamara, Jake Ashlock, Davis Clapp and Julian Gonzalez move a basket toward a waiting truck
Players from the Dragons squads donated their time to the 'Christmas is for Children' campaign this year. On December 19th multiple teams and clubs came out to sort canned and dried foods into baskets to be donated to various organizations in the Tarrant County area. It was a rewarding experience for adults and children alike - knowing that you are able to make a difference in the community by contributing to those less fortunate during the holiday season.
Alex Secord (#20) carries the puck with Jones (88), Desjardins (17) and Robert (19) on offense
The Southlake JV team played catch-up with Keller JV Gold on Sunday afternoon. Keller put in the first two goals to jump out with a lead at 10 and 7 minutes of the first period. But Noah Schembri (#91) took a pass from Ben Dackiw (#26) a mere 11 seconds later and cut the lead to just 1.
Noah received another pass from Truman Hirschy (#93) later in the first to knot the game at 2-2 after one period. Each team scored in the second period - the Dragons goal coming from Ben Hagedoorn (#76) with assists from Schembri and Zach Jones (#88). The 3rd period yielded no goals from either team.
During the 4 on 4 5-minute overtime Keller had 4 shots on goal, while SC had just 2 shots. The game then went to a 3-person shootout, and Keller took the victory with one goal to Southlake's 0.
Brayden Mullins (Var Silver #70) during his 13 shot save performance earning him a shutout against McKInney
The Dragons Varsity Silver team bounced back to regular season play with a Brayden Mullins (#70) shutout and a 37 shot offensive output against the McKinney Varsity Silver squad on Thursday.
The Dragons logged two goals in the first, one from defenseman Michael Walsh (#73) and the other from Lucas Peddicord (#81) with an assist from Walsh.
The second period featured three more goals in 14 shot period for the Dragons. The first goal by Todd Luther (#16) and then two consecutive five-hole goals by Scott Joy (#23).
The 3rd was marred by two McKinney ejections - a head contact to Louie Guarino and later, a grabbing the facemask miconduct penalty - McKinney again going after Louie.
The consistent trips to the penalty box put the Dragons up on the power play for a bulk of the third period, which further handicapped McKinney defensively. Southlake made two more goals, from Lucas Peddicord and Saunders Penn (#22), with assists coming from Lucas and Louie Guarino (#8).
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Louie Guarino (8) drives toward the goal on the penalty kill just prior to assisting Scott Joy (23) on the first goal against Coppell
The first Southlake-Carroll blended divisions playdown game became a showdown, as the Dragons looked like they belonged in the same rink as regular season undefeated Varsity Gold Coppell Cowboys.
In a scoreless game through the first 6-plus minutes, the first twist came on a Dragons penalty kill. Scott Joy (23) banged home a spinning backhand pass from Louie Guarino (8) to surprise the Coppell goalie and quiet the crowd.
But Coppell showed why they are undefeated, storming back with a vengeance and knocking in the next three goals of the game to close the 1st period with a 3-1 lead.
The Dragons would not be deterred, as forward Saunders Penn (22) tapped in a power play goal after Luke Peddicord (81) took the first attempt on Coppell. Then, 7 minutes later, Michael Walsh (73) had an unassisted goal on another power play to pull Southlake to within 1, 3-4.
A tripping call at the conclusion of the second cost the Dragons when the Cowboys scored on the power play with just 8 seconds left on the clock.
Down 3-5, the Dragons refused to call it quits. A Cowboys penalty to end the period put the Dragons on the man-up situation to start the 3rd. Southlake's Alex Carbone (41) fired a wrist shot past the Coppell goalie on assists from defensemen Todd Luther (16) and Michael Walsh (73).
At this stage the game was 5-4 in favor of Coppell and both teams brought their best play. It took Coppell just 12 seconds to extend the gap to two goals, 6-4. Then the game became both perplexing and disappointing. The Dragons fought to put a goal hard earned goal past Coppell's Dailen Haapenen, who faced 35 total shots from SC on the evening.
As the goal crossed the line, Todd Luther (16) slapped it to the back of the neck to avoid doubt, and the head referee signaled for a goal. The Dragons had seemingly pulled back to within one and celebrated on the way back to the center circle. A long conference between linesmen and referee ensued, and the goal was waved off. With the Dragons reeling from losing the chance to make it 5-6, on the very next faceoff, Coppell put in another to surge to a 7-4 lead.
A Todd Luther goal with 3 minutes to play narrowed the gap to 5-7, but it did not allow enough time for the Southlake team to mount a two goal comeback. The Cowboys were playing man down with a 5 min game misconduct (boarding) taken by B Hall, which allowed them to repeatedly ice the puck to avoid trouble in the final 2 minutes.
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JV Gold players Zach Jones (88), Nate Broadfield (54), Julian Gonzalez (#97) and Ethan Tapley (15) celebrate the goal against Arlington
The Dragons JV demonstrated tenacity and patience to rally from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Arlington team 4-3 late in the game. Julian Gonzalez (#97) fed the field, logging the assist on every goal.
Starting the third, Southlake was down by two goals after taking the lead early in the game on a Nate Broadfield (#54) goal. Julain passed to three different goal scorers in the third; Zach Jones (#88) at 10:13, Alec Secord (#20) at 4:05, and lastly Nate Broadfield again with just :48 left on the game clock.
Ryan Hooks (#50) stopped 23 of the 26 Arlington shots, while his offense put up a total of 24 shots. The shots were 8-6-10 by period, with the biggest output coming in the 3rd period.
Saunders Penn (#22) on a move to the net against Richardson-Rockwall Raiders. Saunders scored 2 goals and 3 assists in the victory Thursday evening.
Thursday night, most of the first period was an even duel between the Raiders and the Dragons. Southlake finally pulled to the lead with a goal from Steve McNamara (#14), assisted by Alex Carbone (#41) and Jacob Jones (#92). Shots on goal were 11-8 in favor of Southlake-Carroll.
The Raiders started to wear down offensively and defensively in the second, only generating 5 shots on goal to Southlake's 14. The Dragons scored 4 goals from 4 different players (Saunders Penn #22, Lucas Peddicord #81, Alex Carbone #14 and Louie Guarino #8). The Raiders slipped one goal past Takeshi Alvarez (#37) to end the 2nd period down 1-5.
The Dragons continued to unleash offense on Richardson as their short bench got the best of them. Southlake generated a 16 to 3 shots on goal differential, and had four players get the puck to the back of the net. Steven McNamara and Saunders Penn, both for their second on the night, Blake Wood (#12) on an unassisted slapshot, and Todd Luther (#16) in the final minute of the game. The short Raider bench led to short tempers, as the game ended with a rash of penalties out of frustration and retaliation.
The scoresheet had multiple players with a goal or two, and an assist or two, which showed the vibrant offensive output the Dragons were able to bring. Takeshi Alvarez was solid in goal, allowing just one on the 15 shots from the Raiders.
Defenseman Zach Jones (#88 JV Gold) cuts in front of Goalie Ryan Hooks (#35) to thwart Plano West; Zach had 2 assists on the night, Ryan Hooks allowed only 2 goals in the 5-2 win.
The Dragons JV brought a strong offense and stingy defense to McKinney on Sunday night to face the Plano West Wolves. It took a while to get the offense started - Noah Schembri (#91) found the first goal of the game at 3:16 of the first period.
Plano would not succumb, as they followed with two goals of their own in the last minute of the first, and then at 10:15 of the second period. Noah came back just over a minute later to tie the game at 2-2, drawing the Dragons back into contention.
The Dragons then tightened down on defense, limiting Plano to 9 shots in the second and third periods, for a game total of just 12. Ryan Hooks (#35) had to stay alert in goal, as Plano continued to put quality shots on net when they could find the opening.
The scoring broke open after a Ben Hagedoorn (#76) breakaway against Plano goalie Chapman. The goal came at :56 of the 2nd period.
Ben repeated the feat at the other end when the 3rd period began, with a stuff between the goalie pads to put Southlake up 4-2. Noah Schembri took an unselfish pass from Nate Broadfield and ended his scoring with a hat trick. Defenseman Zach Jones (#88) feed the forwards on goals 2 & 3 for his two assists on the evening.
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Davis Clapp (#21) brings the puck down the offensive boards against Lovejoy
The Dragons JV Gold team found out that Lovejoy came prepared to play as they put the first goal on the board at 11:44 of the first period. Southlake rallied to tie on a goal by Dimitri Desjardins (#17) at the conclusion of the first period.
Dimitri extended the Dragon lead with another goal just a few minutes into the second period. But it was not to last, as Lovejoy quickly came back with a goal just 2 minutes later. The game was knotted at 2-2 at the midway point.
The Dragons began to clamp down on defense, cutting the shots on goal by Lovejoy from 6 in the first, to 3 in the second. This gave time for the Southlake offensive lines to get into a groove and pepper Loveloy goalie Andrew Pottinger with some of their 29 shots for the game.
Noah Schembri (#91) took passes from Alec Secord (#20) and then from defenseman Ace Kuhn (#33) to give the Dragons a 4-3 lead in the third. It was the Dragon defense that put the stop to the Lovejoy comeback, shutting down their lanes to the gaol and limiting them to 1 shot in the final 15 minutes. Ryan Hooks (#35) was in net for the Dragons, facing just 10 total shots on the night.
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JV Dragon players Kelli Doll & Julian Gonzalez at the Southlake Kroger
Once again this year the Southlake teams showed their generosity and holiday spirit by contributing their time to the annual food drive.
Kroger Foods kindly opened their doors to the teams, who politely asked patrons to donate non-perishable items to help those less fortunate in the Tarrant County community.
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Blake Wood (12), Alex Carbone (41) and Steven McNamara (14) take on Mansfield in the final minutes
The Dragons played a competitive Mansfield team on Thursday night in Euless and forced the game to overtime after delivering three goals in the third period to tie the game.
The shots on goal were even through the three periods, but Mansfield was able to sneak three past Dragons goalie Braden Mullins (#70) on 29 shots. It took two consecutive goals by Louie Guarino (#8) to get the Dragons back into contention.
Louie scored off passes from Luke Peddicord (#81) at 5:54 and Blake Wood (#12) at 3:03 of the final period. Coach Knute Anderson pulled Mullins late in the game for the extra skater and Blake Wood buried a snapshot over the Mansfield goalie shoulder with just 13.9 seconds on the clock.
The overtime was marred by two penalty calls, with Southlake serving the first, and then Mansfield playing down for the final two minutes. However, neither team could score with a 4 vs 3 man advantage.
The victory came down to a shootout. Southlake shooter Alex Carbone (#41) and goalie Braden Mullins got the job done in tandem. Alex scored on the first attemt, while Mullins stoned 3 shooters from Mansfield to earn the win.
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The scoreboard was lit up by the Dragons offense, while the defensive side of the ice held the Jesuit team to just 10 shots for the evening. The Dragons had a consistent shooting cadence with 15 shots per period for a total of 45 shots.
The Jesuit team played hard and clean, despite the constant offensive attack by the Dragons throughout the game. Naya Penn (#13) had the first hat trick, as well as the game winning goal, which came at 2:12 of the first period. The Southlake team put three goals in on Jesuit's Kyle Reeves (#80) during the first.
Noah Schembri (#91) had the second hat trick, in addition to the 6 assists he was involved with during the entire contest. Ben Hagedoorn (#76) buried three of his own, which complimented his 4 assists.
Also getting on the score sheet was Dimitri Desjardins (#17), with his first goal of the season. Zach Jones (#88), Alec Secord (#20) and Julian Gonzalez (#97) had goals of their own during the 14-1 sweep.
It was an all-around effort that gave the Dragons the big margin of victory, as assists came from numerous defensive players, including Pete Adams (#25), Ethan Tapley (#15), Ace Kuhn (#33), Kelli Doll (#55), and Davis Clapp (#21).
'Gibby' (#45 Varsity Silver) moves the puck into the zone vs. Denton Spartans
A tough loss to the Spartans Thursday night included a shutout by the opposition. Despite putting up 25 shots, Denton was able to tally four goals and clinch a victory. The loss drops the Dragons to 5-3 on the season in a tie with Denton who has won 4 games in a row.
Noah Schembri (#91 JV Gold) breaks in on Lovejoy defense for a goal
Late Sunday afternoon, despite an even 30-29 shots on goal for the game, the Dragons JV team was able to solve Lovejoy's defense for a 6-1 victory.
The game was dominated by offensive linemates Noah Schembri (#91) and Nate Broadfield (#54), who combined for 5 goals and 2 assists. Nate had a hat trick on the night, while Noah poached 2 goals and 2 assists, a real feat for the two players.
The other goal was a Ben Dackiw (#16) goal on a pass from defenseman Zach Jones (#88). Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks outdueled Andrew Pottinger of Lovejoy, saving an outstanding 28 of 29 shots for a solid outing in net.
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Saunders Penn (#22) jumps up into the play against Keller
In a rivalry game against Silver division leading (6-1) Keller, the Dragons lost a pivotal game and a key player to injury. SC jumped all over Keller in the first period, racking up a 15 to 3 shots-on-goal advantage.
Keller got into early penalty trouble with a 2 + 10 late in the first. The Dragons took the extra player situation and converted it into a goal when Saunders Penn (#22) skated up after a pass from Jacob Ashlock (#2) and buried a wrister high in the corner on Keller goaltender Riley.
Keller's next 2 + 10 penalty was costly to the Dragons, as an intentional knee-on-knee tripping put Southlake's Cole Shannon out for the game. Keller was able to kill the penalty and then follow ten seconds later with an even strength goal on Takeshi Alvarez (#37). The Dragons were still fired up from the egregious penalty and lack of scoring, and found another goal with :01 second left in the first, courtesy of Louie Guarino (#8).
The second period was a completely different game. The home team put 20 shots on goal to Southlake's 5, and also found a way to get two goals by Takeshi. The second one was an awkward deflection off the goalie pad and high in the air, rolling across the goal line while Takeshi struggled to follow the trajectory.
Luke Peddicord started to serve his own 2 + 10 at the end of the second, which cut into the Dragon's scoring capabilities deep into the third. Keller remained on the offensive with another lopsided shot differential (11-4), and notched an insurance goal while Peddicord looked on from the penalty box.
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The two Jacob's on the faceoff vs. Highland Park (Jones #92 & Ashlock #2)
The evening featured heavy rains and overlapping games for both the JV and Varsity Dragon teams. The Varsity faced off first against the Highland Park Scots in Richardson.
The game remained close through the first period as HP put 9 shots on Max McKiernan and Southlake Varsity hit the HP netminder 11 times. The first period ended in a 0-0 draw.
In the second, the short bench began to take its toll on the Scots, and Alex Carbone (#41) drilled a high shot past the shoulder of Connor Dowling for the first goal of the evening.
Southlake then cranked up the offense between the last two periods, registering 29 shots through the two. HP could only generate 15 shots in the same time frame.
Three goals came in the span of about one minute in the 3rd period. Two were by Southlake (Louie Guarino #8 & Jake Ashlock #2), and one by HP. With 6:10 left in the game, with a 3-1 lead, the Dragons put two more past the replacement goalie Sam Haynes, who entered the Scots net at 7:30 of the second. The game ended 5-2, with the Dragons improving their record to 4-1.
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Julian Gonzalez (#97 JV Gold) saucers a pass across to Ben Dackiw for the 4th goal
The JV Gold team put on a similar display of dominance in their game against the Lovejoy Gold squad. Like the varsity, the junior varsity took ten minutes to get warmed up before pouring on the scoring against the Leopard team.
There were relatively little in terms of infractions in a game with only 1 penalty on the Dragons and one each period for Lovejoy. It was the final power play and a terrific slapshot from Lovejoy in the 2nd period that gave them their two goals on just 14 shots.
The JV team, coached by Dan Wildfong, lit the lamp with 5 different players getting the 6 goals. And four of the goal scorers accounted for 4 of the assists on the six. It was a balanced offense and defense that propelled the JV Gold team to the victory.
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Kelli Doll (#55) puts a check on a Plano Sr. Wildcat forward, while Dimitri Desjardins (#17) and Ryan Hooks (#50) defend
The Southlake team put up a valiant effort against a powerful league-leading Plano Sr. team on Sunday night, but came up without a goal after 27 shots on Plano's Derrick Deraleau.
Ryan Hooks stopped 21 of 22 shots for the game. It was a second period goal at 8:44 that clinched the victory for Plano Sr.
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Cole Shannon (#24) & Scott Joy (#23) Varsity Silver in the win against FMM
It took the Southlake Carroll Varisty team overtime to snap FMM's undefeated season record (4-0) at Farmers Branch on Thursday. The goalie duties were shared evenly between Ryan Hooks (#50) and Adam Koskovich (#31). 'Koskos' performance was a shut-out second half to support the rally by the Dragons.
The Dragons struck the first blow :50 seconds into the game on a Scott Joy (#23) goal from Cole Shannon (#24). But then the Flower Mound team found some chemistry and put 3 unanswered goals by the Dragons in the first and second periods. Going into the 3rd period, SC was down 3-1.
It was a long outlet pass from the defensive zone by Jacob Ashlock (#2) at 13:30 of the 3rd that started the comeback. The pass hit an open Luke Peddicord (#81) at the offensive blue line, which he delivered on a one-on-one goal against FMM's goalie Charles Tobias.
Luke played an unlikey role in the game tying goal when Alec Gray drove him into the glass from behind and earned a 2 + 10min penalty. It was on the ensuing powerplay that Cole Shannon tipped a Blake Wood (#12) slapshot past Tobias for the goal.
The Dragons defense kept the FMM team in check all night long, allowing 6 shots in the first, 5 in the 2nd, 2 in the final period, and then none in overtime. It was the progressive defense that allowed the game to be snatched from FMM by a Scott Joy goal, who put it past Tobias on a rebound of his own shot off the goalie paddle.
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Goalie Ryan Hooks, Pete Adams (25), Scott Joy (23) and Noah Schembri (91) versus Keller
The Southlake-Carroll JV squad played a formidable Keller JV Gold team with sizable defenders and shooting skill up front. Dragons goalie Ryan Hooks found the going progressively more difficult, as the Keller team figured out ways to get shots as the game moved along. Shots on goal for Keller were 3, 7, and then 15 in the 3rd period.
Keller took the lead in the first, but the Dragons fought back with a goal 1:30 later on a pass from Davis Clapp (#21) to Nate Broadfield (#54). With just :15 seconds left in the first period, Pete Adams (#25) ripped a shot through the 5-hole of Keller goaltender Austin Orth during the period ending power play to put Southlake up 2-1.
The game remained frozen at 2-1 through the 2nd and half way into the 3rd - when Keller finally tied the game with a goal on Ryan Hooks and the strong Dragons defensive corps. The game concluded in regulation at 2-2. The overtime was a seasaw affair, with the Dragons getting 3 good chances and Keller having 2. With just 1:37 left in the OT period Keller won a scramble in front of Hooks and the puck found its way across the line.
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Blake Wood (12) takes the shot with Alex Carbone (41) trailing the play
Less than one minute into the game, on his first shot, Blake Wood (#12) buried a goal on a pass from Saunders Penn (#22). But Grapevine-Colleyville recoved quickly as Riley Smith tied the game at 1-1 at 11:28 of the first.
The Dragons fought back into the lead with a goal by David Driggs (#71) just one minute after the Mustangs tied the game. But the ice began to tilt in G-C's favor toward the end of the first, despite trailing in shots on goal (8-10) in the first. The Mustangs scored at the end of the first and carried that momentum into the second period.
Grapevine put up three goals in a row on the Dragons, putting them into catch up mode. Scott Joy (#23), unassisted, brought the Varsity team back to within 1 goal at 2:45 of the second period. But they could not continue the comeback when the Mustangs scored again just 1:30 later, extending their lead to two again.
Through two periods the Dragons put up 20 shots to G-C's 14. Brayden Mullins (#70) had to battle in the third period as both teams had penalty trouble. The Dragons had 4, while Grapevine had 3 in the third. Although neither team scored on the power plays, it interrupted the Dragon's flow in the 3rd period.
The Mustangs capped the victory with two more goals in the 3rd, putting the Dragons Varsity Silver team down 3-7, and leaving them with a 3-1 record to start the season.
Julian Gonzalez (#97 JV Gold) rips a shot against the Attack (Arlington-Midlothian)
In a game which had no penalties called, the Southlake JV Gold team played a very evenly matched Arlington-Midlothian squad to a 3-1 loss.
Goalie Wyatt Chappel (#48) brought his 'A-Game' to Euless to go against the larger Attack team. Having to face 21 total shots for the game, Wyatt cleared the first 5 shots off to the corner with his blocker. Then the Dragons jumped out to the early lead with a Ben Dackiw (#26) tip-in off a shot by Dimitri Desjardins (#17).
The second period was when the Attack turned up the heat and had 8 shots on Wyatt. They were able to get one high in the corner at 7 minutes of the second, then Lucas Snetsinger of Arlington had 2 goals 1 minute apart in the third period to seal the win for the Attack.
Although the Dragons pulled Chappel with two minutes remaining, they were only able to clang iron and did not get the two goals they were seeking to tie the game.
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Driggs, Penn and Guarino celebrate Blake Wood's Game Winning Goal
The Varsity Silver Team improved their record to 3-0 on the season Thursday with a one goal advantage over a balanced Frisco squad. Frisco Goaltender Weston Walker saw 25 quality shots from the Dragons, but was not able to snare the two critical scores.
Southlake went 2 players down at 12 minutes of the 1st on hooking and tripping minors. During the 5-on-3 the Dragons defied convention and Louie Guarino (#8) found a scoring chance, put a shifty move on two Frisco defenders before sliding the puck by Walker for the surprise goal.
It was during the last minute of the first period that Blake Wood took a 10-minute misconduct and the Dragon defensive bench was shortened. With Wood in the box, the second period was a back-n-forth affair, with Frisco taking 6 shots and Southlake getting just 3. But the score remained 1-0 after 2 in favor of the Dragons.
Blake Wood (#12) redeemed himself with a power play goal early in the third period, putting Southlake up 2-0 in the game. Goalie Adam 'Kosko' Koskovich (#31) faced another 6 quality shots from Frisco in the third, but a shutout eluded him when Frisco was able to score with just over 9 minutes remaining in the game. Frisco pulled their goalie in the last minute and a half, but Kosko was able to fend off the push with the help of the defense. The Varisty Silver team faces Grapevine-Colleyville next Thursday night (10/22/15).
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Noah Schembri (#91) races toward the puck
The Southlake Carroll JV team, which was lifted from Silver to Gold division after the leveling tournament, put on a clinic in Euless on Sunday afternoon. They handed Plano West JV Gold their first loss of the season, dropping them to a 2-1 record.
Behind a shutout from Ryan Hooks (facing 19 shots), the offense for the Dragons were in a groove with 8 goals. Noah Schembri (#91) and Alec Secord (#20) had the first two goals of the game in the first.
Ben Hagedoorn (#76) got his first goal just 1 minute into the second period - he would get two more in the third to register a hat trick for the game.
Zach Jones (#88) and Nate Broadfield (#54) scored on either side of another goal by Noah Schembri at 12:59 of the 3rd period. Noah finished the game with an impressive 2 goals & 2 assists.
But it was a total team effort that brought about the Dragons victory - shots from numerous players; Pete Adams, Naya Penn, Truman Hirschy and others put Plano West back on their heels for most of the game.
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Jacob Jones (#92) splits the D versus McKinney
Ben Hagedoorn (76) JV Gold makes the pass against Jesuit
The JV team faced the Jesuit Rangers in their opening game at the Arena in Frisco. Jesuit jumped out to a two goal lead in the first period, the first on even strength and then with a late goal during the power play just before time expired.
The Dragons rallied from the two goal deficit in the second period on a sleek pass from Julian Gonzales (97) to Ben Hagedoorn (76) to catch Ranger goalie Josh Henson out of position.
Southlake continued to press the pace with 19 shots in the third period against Jesuit. Noah Schembri (91) put a shot through the five hole on Henson on a pass from Peter Adams (25).
The game was knotted at 2-2 at the end of regulation and the Dragons had a 31-20 shots on goal advantage. Jesuit ended the game on a tripping penalty which carried over into overtime.
Southlake was able to continue with offensive pressure during the 4-3 man advantage when Jesuit took another tripping minor. Less than a minute later Davis Clapp (21) tipped home a rebound following another shot by Ben Hagedoorn and the Dragons claimed the OT win.
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The Southlake Carroll Hockey Team would like to thank the numerous fans who attended the season opener in Euless to cheer on the Dragons to victory. We hope to see students at future home or away games - please check back to the web site for the upcoming games in the area.
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The Varsity Silver team cranked 13 shots at Richardson-Rockwall goalie Clayon Dana-Bashian in the first period, but it took 3 minutes into the second period before Luke Peddicord put up the first goal of the season.
The Raiders started to shoot on Brayden Mullins in the 2nd after only managing one shot in the first. After 2 periods, shots were 24-9 in favor of Southlake. Peddicord factored into the second goal of the game with an assist on the power play - scored by Harrison Bonney.
Louie Guarino, who assisted Luke on the first goal, was rewarded with a empty net goal with :33 remaining in the game. The defense had to rise up in the 3rd, as Richardson put up another 8 shots in the final frame of the game. Final score was 3-0 and shots on goal 38-17. Next Thursday (10/8) the Varisty team faces McKinney on their rink.
The Dragons JV Gold team opens their season against Jesuit on Sunday night (10/4) in Frisco at 8:30pm. This is a new game time and location update.
Takeshi Alvarez prepares for one of GC's 21 shots
Takeshi Alvarez fought off a penalty shot and 18 other shots to allow the Dragons to fight back in the game. Grapevine-Colleyville scored twice in the first until Southlake's Scott Joy finally slipped a 5-hole shot in past GC goaltender Caleb Perry late in the second.
Grapevine took a two goal lead again with just :22 seconds remaining in the 2nd period. Scott Joy and Louie Guarino both tallied in the 3rd to even the game at 3, with Guarano's goal from Luke Peddicord coming at 6:40.
The GC team snatched two in the shootout, while Southlake could only find one goal. The overtime win went to GC in a very competitive festival finale.
Defenseman Pete Adams lines up a slapshot
The Dragons peppered the Birdville goalie Jake Sirkis with 32 shots - goals from Noah Schembri (assists from Naya Penn & Ace Kuhn) and Nate Broadfield (assists from Noah S & Ben Hagedoorn) were enough to cap the weekend of wins. Max McKiernan stopped all 14 shots and earned a second shutout in 3 games.
Southlake's Louie Guarino (#8) fires off a shot at Sam Biks (HP)
Southlake goalie Brayden Mullins faced 13 shots in a victory which saw 3 different scorers (Joy, Peddicord and Bonney) find the back of the net on a barrage of 32 shots. HP's Sam Biks effort was not enough to keep HP even with the Dragons. The defensive pairings closed off the scoring chances near the blueline and had just one total penalty for the game.
Truman Hirschy faces off vs. John Paul in the offensive zone
Truman Hirschy netted a hat-trick in the victory over JPII, and Alec Secord and Nate Broadfield added one each, while Max McKiernan stopped all 8 shots to earn the shutout.
Dragons forward Scott Joy netted 4 goals in the opening game of the tournament despite being outshot 32-24. Takeshi Alvarez was strong in goal to earn the victory. Louie Guarino, Alex Carbone, Nick Hughes and Blake Wood also scored for Southlake. Below Scott Joy fires a shot at Mansfield.
Dragons shutout Richardson-Rockwall 2-0. Win Varsity Bronze League Championship!
V Bronze Dragons upset #1 Frisco 2-1 in semi-finals. Champ game tomorrow night, 8:45 in McKinney.
V Gold practices. All at NyTex, 5:00 - 6:00. Mon 3/20 Wed 3/22 Mon 3/27 Tue 3/28
I hope everyone had a great Spring Break. Exciting things coming up for Dragon Hockey. Stay tuned for details.