Cougar hockey steps it up for playoffs, continue history of excellence

Camryn Fuller, Madeline Brisson, Trevor Nichols, staff writer, Sports Editor, News Editor

After the hockey team placed second in their division, they advanced as one of the final four in playoffs. Their first playoff game will take place March 1 in Sugarland.

“We did pretty well this season,” senior center Robert Fernandes said. “There’s a lot of talented kids on this team and they definitely let that talent come through.”

The team is 11-4-2, placing them behind Seven Lakes who is their biggest competitor. Most Katy ISD schools do not have a hockey team, so most of their competition is in the Greater Houston area. Fernandes is proud of how far the team has come this year.

“There is a lot of hard work that goes into being a good team,” Fernandes said. “We practice a lot and I think it really pays off.”

Assistant captain junior right wing Brian Spengler is hopeful that the team will go to the state competition for the eighth year in a row.

“We all work really hard to try our best and achieve our goal,” Spengler said. “First we want to win the city championship, and then we will have to push our way through the competition on to state. There are a lot of amazing teams, but I think that our teams dynamics make us stand out from the rest.”

Senior Luke Hamilton thinks that because the team is strong enough that it will not have a problem advancing to state.

“Compared to last year’s team, we don’t have as many seniors and our team isn’t as big,” Spengler said.

Junior defender Nick Manning thinks that this year’s hockey team has unique strengths and weaknesses.

“One of our strengths is that we have multiple people on the top points leader board in the league,” Manning said. “One of our weaknesses is that we don’t have depth, and it is very hard to manage when people get penalties or go out of town.”

After the first round of playoff games, the top three teams will advance to state.

“I have been playing hockey since I was a kid, in and out of school,” Hamilton said. “This team is one of the best I have played on. We all get along so well and that makes us flow easier on the ice. We have gone to state before so I know we can do it again.”