Prosper ice hockey fell short 3-1 in the summer series championship game Sunday afternoon against Plano West.
Prosper struggled all summer against this team and just could’t get it done on the ice at McKinney Dr. Pepper Star Center.
Prosper fell early after a Plano West goal in the first period. Shortly after, and already four men down due to player vacation schedules, the Eagles’ leading scorer, Gabe Hawkins, went down with a leg injury and was unable to return.
Prosper dug deep and took multiple penalties, ending up on the short side of a 5-on-3 power play. In an impressive counter, Prosper’s Tyler Hagenbrock skated end to end to score a shorthanded, unassisted goal, tying it up 1-1.
The Eagles fought hard, but gave up another goal just before the end of the second period. In the end, it was penalties that kept Plano West on top as they scored again in the third making it 3-1. Using everything in their arsenal, the Eagles pulled their goalie with two minutes to go which created opportunities but resulted in no Eagle goals.
Coach Jon Rottermond said, “We are really proud of this team. They gave it all and that’s all we can ask.”
Although the summer league has come to an end, Prosper Ice Hockey JV and Varsity teams are already working on the fall teams. Anyone interested in being a part of the Prosper Ice Hockey program, the Prosper Eagles Ice Hockey teams will be having tryouts for the JV and Varsity teams beginning at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in McKinney. Tryouts are open to players in grades seven through 12 from Prosper, Celina, Melissa and other areas within Collin County. The fall season will begin the weekend of Sept. 9 and games will continue through March, 2018.
The summer Eagles Ice Hockey roster: