The Seneca Valley Raiders’ Ice Hockey team has begun its season on a good note with a record of 3-2 and look to continue rolling.
The Raiders make their home at the Bladrunners Ice Complex in Harmarville, PA where fans come out to support the boys for every game. Students have treated themselves to home games for years, and this season doesn’t look like it will be any different. So far, the team has played two of their eleven scheduled home games.
The team is off to a good start despite losing its first game to the Butler Tornadoes at home by a score of 4-3. After losing their first heartbreaker of the season, the Raiders began a three game road trip, traveling to Mount Lebanon, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, and Peters Township. They went 2-1 on the road trip, defeating Lebo and Central Catholic and losing decisively to the Indians of Peters Township. In their most recent game, they beat Fox Chapel by a score of 5-1 at home, improving their record to 3-2.
After their defeat of the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils, the Raiders began section play at 1-0. They are yet to meet their other section rival, the North Allegheny Tigers, who they will play two times in the upcoming months. In the near future, the team will face Canon McMillan at their home rink next Wednesday at 8:50 P.M.
The team has been doing a great job working together, and the players are taking notice. “We work very well as a unit and a team,” says sophomore first liner Alex Crilley. “We know we can depend on each other on what needs to get done.” The team hopes to continue their success as a team by executing this the rest of the season.
The team meshes very well not only on the rink but also off of the ice. “What really stands out to me is how close we really are as a team,” said Crilley when asked what most stands out to him about the team. “We have a tight relationship with one another and this will come into good use in the long run.”
The team will play fifteen more games this year in the the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League in the regular season. What happens after that is up to how the team plays the rest of the way this season. They control their own fate, and hope to make a run to Consol Energy Center for the Penguins Cup Championship.