Knights Lose Gold Cup to Howell


Credit to Riley Witherbee

Sophomore goalie Max Bante defends goal in gold cup game.

By Parker Kilen, Web Staffer

On Oct. 26 FHN varsity and junior varsity played their first games of the season against Francis Howell in the Gold Cup game. Junior varsity won the game 6-4 but varsity lost 13-0.

“JV looked pretty well, they were kind of slow getting out but once we got going we felt like we dominated most of the game, out goalie played really well and we had a lot of players share the scoring and that was nice to see, and it was great to come out with a win,” head coach Ryan Gannon said. “On the varsity side we struggled a little bit, about 95% of our JV team also plays varsity compared to Howell who it’s not as many of those players so a lot of our guys were more tired early on, and a lot of our guys said they weren’t necessarily ready to go for this game they were worried about fans and a couple of other things and I know that being our first game of the season there’s a whole lot of time and room for improvement.”

As of now the JV hockey team is looking great as they almost won but ended up tying in their first practice game, although the varsity team did end up winning their practice game. The varsity hockey team last season was very young but now have a lot of returning players such as sophomore Matt Wells who led the team in goals last year, and have also drafted some players from other schools that will be huge attributes for the team.

“We had a lot of freshmen from last year that [have] gone up a year that have been in a season already so I feel like they’re gonna be more comfortable,” Wells said. “Our goal is just to get better and advance throughout our season just be that top team we can be.”

Despite last season being rough along with the gold cup game, the knights are expecting a much better season for JV and varsity, especially with the returning members.

“I know our score was nowhere near what we wanted it to be, but I don’t think it was necessarily relative of how our season’s going to be and I think we’re going to have a competitive season this year,” Gannon said.