Seneca Valley Ice Hockey Team Defeats Shaler on Senior Night

Liam Millroy, Staff Writer

Seneca Valley had its senior night on Tuesday against Shaler.  It was a night to celebrate the great contributions this year’s seniors have had on the team, and to celebrate their hockey careers up to this point.

Seneca got out to an early 3-0 lead, but Shaler erased that lead throughout the rest of the game, as they tied it at 3 late in the third.  Seneca Valley would respond with an overtime winner just 30 seconds into OT by junior Andrew Gagnon.

Although it was great for Seneca to get the win, Tuesday’s game was more importantly about the seniors.  This year’s seniors include Casey Kramer, #57 a great defenseman for the Raiders who has played 3 seasons at the Varsity level and has recorded 9 goals and 10 assists during his time here at Seneca, he has had a huge impact on the team both defensively and offensively as well.  Kramer has scored a few key PP goals this season to help the Raiders to victory.  He hopes to continue to help the raiders this season in their quest to the Console Energy Center.

The next senior, #8, Josh Jones, a shutdown defender for the past two seasons for the Raiders, has been a great presence on the Seneca Blue line and is a leader on and off this ice.  Jones will continue his hockey career next year at Slippery Rock.  His defensive prowess will truly be missed next season.

Luke Reed, #6 has been a major part of Seneca valley varsity ice hockey since his sophomore year.  He is a goal scorer that isn’t afraid of laying the body either.  Over his three seasons at SV, Reed has recorded 29 goals and 31 assists and has been a major reason for their success this season.

#71, Jake Sarachine is an offensive defenseman, with great skating ability.  Sarachine is one of the better skaters you will see, as he gets up and down the ice with ease.  He has played three seasons at the varsity level, and has recorded 6 goals and 18 assists from the blue line.  A great puck mover, but his offensive skill doesn’t take away from his defense. Sarachine has been a huge part of the team and will be missed next season.

#66 Patrick Stough, a great forward for Seneca Valley has played two years at the Varsity level, and has been there to score some clutch goals for Seneca this season.  He scored the goal that sparked Seneca’s comeback against rival NA, and is never afraid to throw his body around in the corners.

Seneca’s crop of seniors leaving this year isn’t many, but they have had a huge impact on the team, and will hopefully take them far this season and will definitely be missed next year.