Northmen Put Five Game Win Streak On The Line Against Tough TC Central

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Northmen put five-game win streak on the line against tough T.C. Central

Editor Opinion – Joseph Kolodziej

Character, control, and confidence. Three traits every Petoskey player will need this evening.

I have said it from the beginning of the season, this is the most talented group of hockey players to ever come out of Petoskey. Collectively, they have won more games, scored more goals and appeared in more high level tournaments than any other group of players from the area. The 1994 and 1995 birth year players are actually the first group of players from the area to begin playing on indoor ice.

Making these statements around the rink early this season had some parents raising their eyebrows at me, but I believed and continue to believe that this team collectively can achieve something that has never been done before. This is a championship level team when playing smart hockey. When I say smart, I mean staying out of the box, playing strong defensively and making confident passes. These three components if the become consistent can allow this team to go deep into the state playoffs in Michigan.

The Petoskey High School hockey team will carry a school-record five-game win streak into a Big North Conference game with Traverse City Central 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Griffin Arena.

Petoskey, 7-6-1 overall, 3-3-0 league, will look to make it six straight wins against the always-tough Trojans, who are 10-3-1, 6-0-0 ,and ranked No. 8 in the Division II state coaches poll. The Northmen, who in their past five games have earned two overtime wins as well as a come-from-behind win over Gaylord, opened the calendar year with a 5-3 loss at T.C. Central.

The Northmen are a D-3 school in a small town with less than 100 hockey players in the youth association. Yet, this small town has produced a very high percentage of players that have gone on to play high level hockey, roughly 10% of players from the area have had an opportunity to move on to higher levels, and this group is the best group ever produced.

Tonights game is a character check for this group. Can they come together in a big game against a higher ranked team from a larger city? Can they play together on a consistant basis for three periods? Can they take the evening to elevate themselves, for thier school, their community and most importantly for themselves.

When given a chance to make a statement, what will you say? This more than any other game is an opportunity to make a statement.

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