Hockey senior night leaves team disappointed, not defeated


Senior forward Nick Balestra fights off a defender, at Queeny, against Parkway South in a pivotal conference match up.

Parkway West loses to rival Parkway South 2-1 at Queeny Recreational complex on Jan. 11. Senior Hasan Baig gave the Longhorns an early lead in the first period on a breakaway goal.

“The atmosphere was exciting and very loud. It really was a moment I will never forget. The fans always play a huge part in motivating the team on the ice and that is a big thing I am going too miss. We owe it all to the fans that came out to support us last night,” Baig said.

Four seniors were honored before the game for senior night, including forward Baig, forward Nick Balestra, defenseman Jacob Ransom and goalie Jordan Wojak.

“Two quality teams really competed all night, it is too bad we couldn’t pull out the win on senior night. Tough games like these are only going to help prepare us moving forward into playoffs,” Ransom said.

After an early lead for West, South came storming back with goals in the second and third period to clinch the victory.

“Our game against Parkway South are the biggest, most anticipated games of the year. Being a senior and a four year varsity player, myself along with other seniors really developed that animosity towards South. Regardless of the score, the rivalry and the atmosphere of the fans made it an amazing game to play in,” Balestra said.

South entered the game as the number two ranked team in the suburban south west conference while West trailed at the number three spot. Both teams look to prepare for the playoffs now.

“I think going into playoffs we just need to improve on little details throughout our game and to get into better habits with the puck. If we can play and work as a unit then this team will be able to accomplish special things moving forward,” Wojtak said.

With a record of 6-5-6 this season, the Longhorns success can be credited by the seniors.
“The seniors have been great this year. They have helped me with all phases of the game and I owe it to them for making me a more mature player. I am really going to miss them next season which is why I hope we make a strong run in the playoffs,” sophomore Austin Gast said.
Freshman Tarek Baig, younger brother of Hasan Baig, looks to help the Longhorns continue their run into the playoffs.

“It has been awesome being able to play with my brother. Hasan has made me a better player and I hope I can follow in his footsteps. He is someone I have always looked up to and we will both remember this season for the rest of our lives,” Tarek Baig said.