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Plano West storms past rival Plano, 6-3, to win state hockey title
FARMERS BRANCH -- The Plano West hockey team finished a rung short of its goal a year ago. The Wolves didn’t settle for second this time, defeating rival Plano, 6-3, in the state high school championship game Thursday night in front of 300 fans at the Dr Pepper Star Center’s Doug Miller rink.
Reed Tarter’s third goal of the night with 7:03 to play gave Plano West some third-period breathing room at 5-3. The hat trick prompted at least one cap to find its way to the ice. Ryan Doucette was credited with the assist.
Doucette added an insurance goal with 2:16 remaining. Connor Colombe and Tarter assisted.
Fitting that the state and city title would come down to these two. Plano West finished as the AT&T Metroplex High School regular-season champion, and Plano was runner-up.
Plano jumped to a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds in on a goal by Mason Weis. After a successful penalty kill, the Wildcats made it 2-0 on a rebound shot by Vlad Markhortov, with the assist going to Weis.
Plano West, outshot, 8-2, in the early minutes, came roaring back with three goals in the final 10 minutes of the first period for a lead it would not relinquish.
Tarter scored twice, cutting the lead to 2-1 by stuffing the puck past Ryan O’Dell and then tying it on a breakaway after a Plano turnover at its blue line in the final three minutes of the period. Jonathan Holt and Colombe assisted on Tarter’s first goal.
Colombe gave Plano West its first lead with a powerful slap shot in the final minute of the opening period. Doucette and Joshua Mehr were credited with assists.
A minute into the second period, Chris Malinoski scored from among a crowd of players in front of the goal for a 4-2 Wolves lead.
Plano made things uncomfortable, closing the deficit to one going into the third period on a goal by Ricky Sobieski 34 seconds before the buzzer. Zach VanCompernolle assisted.
Plano West was beaten in last year’s title game by Jesuit, 4-2.
Plano reached the championship game by squeezing out a 4-3 semifinal victory over Plano East.
Tarter scored three goals in Plano West’s 9-4 semifinal victory over Arlington/Midlothian.
Coppell wins Silver Division: Andrew Keane recorded a hat trick to lead Coppell to a 7-3 victory over Grapevine/Colleyville in the Varsity Silver division final. James Reaman added a pair of goals for the Cowboys. Ethan Smith, Matthew Kruse and Tommy Stuckeman had goals for Grapevine/Colleyville.