Coach Pfeiffer’s Bantam Major team competed in the Texas State Championships February 20-22 for the right to represent the state at the USA Hockey National Championship tournament in March.
The team defeated the Houston Wild 2001 team during the playdown series entering the tournament as the 2nd seed. In round robin play, the Penguins played the HCD AAA 2000 team losing 0-3. Next up, they faced the Texas Jr. Brahmas, winning 6-2. They also defeated the HCD AA 2000 team by a score of 7-2. The Penguins entered the Championship game with a 2-1 record and 2nd seed to the HCD AAA 2000 team.
The game started off fast with the Penguins scoring first at 3:19 with a goal by Adam Doucette, assisted by Griffin Sugasawara. The Penguins struck again in the 2nd period with goals at 3:17 by Rafael Prasyner, assisted by Dylan Melton. The third goal came at 10:23 in the 2nd with Ethan Harrison scoring the eventual game winner, assisted by Sugasawara.
After a 15 minute intermission, HCD came out hitting hard in the 3rd period. They scored two goals leaving 9 minutes left in the game. The Penguins fought hard and were able to fend off the 6-man empty net offensive in the final 2 minutes of the game. Penguins were outshot 28 to 19 inthe game. Ethan Williams got the win in goal for the team.
Next up for the Penguins is the DSTHL semi-finals/finals and a trip to Salt Lake City for the National Tournament.
Way to go Penguins!