SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Hawks high school hockey team was swept in the state round robin tournament matches this weekend.
Saturday the team suffered a 14-1 loss to the Casper Oiler A’s followed by a 6-2 loss to the Gillette Wild A’s.
The Hawks goal in the Oilers game was scored by Logan Churchill and assisted by Darian Jenkauski and Riley Simmons. Both Hawks goals against Gillette were scored unanswered in the third period but were not enough to overcome the Wild A’s lead. Thomas Moore scored with an assist from Lane Eisenman and Lane Barten scored unassisted.
Sunday the boys fell to the Riverton River Rats 8-3 in a penalty heavy match.
Goals were scored by Brice Beisher and Churchill with assists by Blaine Rasmuson and Logan Garstad. Garstad scored the third goal unassisted.
The Hawks accumulated 16 team penalties on Sunday and as a result head coach Zane Garstad got a one-game suspension. Once a team has received 15 penalties, the coach receives a personal suspension per game rules.
Garstad will not be allowed to coach the first game of next season unless he is able to serve his suspension under Team Wyoming, a state level team he also works with.
“This has never happened to me before,” Garstad said. “I don’t coach that way and I don’t allow them to play dirty. Our team just got out of control. I did my best but in the end you can only say so much to them when they are that frustrated. It was a tough weekend.”
Star defensive player Jess Edens missed the tournament due to non-sport related medical issues, however he sat on the bench and served as student coach.
Despite a rocky finish, the boys played a competitive and successful season with several highlights including two players being name All-State.
Edens and Logan Garstad were named All-State players. The head coaches of state contention teams each nominated their worthy players and then met to vote but couldn’t vote for their own nominations. Barton was nominated and although he was not chosen, in the opinion of his coaching staff he should have been selected after his successful season.
Aiden Burns, a senior, ended his high school career strong with consistently good games and an All-State nomination as well.
“I’m really proud of those kids,” coach Garstad said. “It’s been five years since Sheridan was in a state A tournament. They worked really hard this year and we played in a tough division at the tournament. We didn’t win but they never gave up and they represented Sheridan well.”
The team this year included five freshmen and they all played well this season and gained valuable experience at the state tournament.
“They are good players, so we have a good program ahead of us,” Garstad said. “We also have good kids coming up from bantams next year so we should be a good team next year again.”