Hockey victorious in senior night


Caroline Dolberry

Senior no. 18 Nicky Terranova skates to his parents for the senior night event. Terranova is one of the assistant captains.

The hockey team is getting deep into this year’s season. The team is currently 15-4 and faced off against Mckinney on Sunday for senior night.
“Senior night went really well and all the seniors scored,” senior Nick Terronova said. “We played a great game.”
Multiple players put up a multi-point game against Mckinney. Senior Jake Scanlon had four goals, senior center Samuel Chen had two goals and three assists and senior Jake Schuler had two goals and three assists.
“We were able to get going and control the game and dominate the other team,” Chen said. “I’d say we have a pretty skilled team that can make a deep run in states this year. We kept most of the players from our state championship team from last year.”
The Leopards are 5-1 in their last five games, their only loss coming from Plano East.
“One word to describe the team this year would be passionate because our team has the desire to prepare to win on and off the ice,” Terronva said. “ I love seeing how far our team has come along but it’s also sad knowing our last season is winding down.”
Junior Christian Giordano had a total of 14 saves on 15 shots for a .933 save percentage during senior night.
“The game went very well, about as we thought it would,” junior Christian Giordano said. “We beat Mckinney earlier in the season by 10 goals, so we expected a similar result and we did just that. I think a good word to describe our team this year is determined because we are very determined to defend our state title, and we expect nothing less than to defend that title this weekend.”
As the Leopards start to wind down their season and prepare for their state run, they will face Plano senior, Houston and Grapevine in their next three games.
“It was fun and enjoyable, but senior night also kind of represents how the season’s almost over and that soon we won’t be able to have the same experiences playing hockey anymore,” Chen said. “My favorite moment from this season is probably when we were champions in the Thanksgiving tournament cause it was competitive and we got to play with a friend and former teammate of ours.”
Senior night was a time for all five seniors to reflect on their hockey careers and prepare for their last season of hockey.
“My favorite moment from the season was winning the Best of the West tournament in November,” Giordano said. “We went 6-0 in that tournament against some solid teams, so it really boosted our team’s confidence going forward into the rest of the season and the state tournament this upcoming weekend.”