The Sailors' Log Mona Shores High School Norton Shores, MI
Issue Date: Friday, February 10, 2012 Issue: February 10 2012 Last Update: Monday, February 13, 2012
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Senior Brendan Woods (Fairfax, Va.) is one of eight Muskegon Lumberjack players who are attending Shores. The Lumberjacks are the new amateur hockey team in the city. - Cole Myhre
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While high school hockey does not start until Nov. 13, some boys at Shores have already hit the ice.

Why?

Because eight students are members of the Lumberjacks, which is Muskegon’s entry into the United States Hockey League.

Additionally, Shores sophomore Reed Schlender, the Sailors returning goalie for the high school team, is listed as the third goalie.

He practiced with them in the off-season when one of the other goalies was hurt, but he will not play in any regular-season games.

"It is an honor to be in a league like this," said Paul Berrafato, a senior from Williamsville, N.Y. "I am looking forward to the challenge of this season, getting to know my teammates, and hopefully making it to the championship."

The Lumberjacks, an amateur team comprised of players age 16-20, replaced the professional team of the same name that folded at the end of last season, thus ending 50 years of professional hockey in Muskegon.

The team began the regular season Oct. 2 with a loss and have dropped the first three games of the season (as of Oct. 10). The next home game is Oct. 23.

"We did not play up to par (in the season’s first game)," said Alexx Privitera, a senior from Old Tappen, N.J. "There were a lot of people there, and we were trying to put on a show for them. We didn’t play to our potential, but we will come out and be even better."

Although eight new players from the team attend Shores, a total of 23 players are on the team with 11 more players on the future Lumberjacks list.

"I am really excited to be here," Privitera said. "I am really looking forward to being in a new town and seeing how people live here in difference to New Jersey."

The boys come from different kinds of hockey backgrounds.

"This season is going to be different for me," said Jordan Masters, a junior from Rochester, N.Y. "I am the young kid on the team, and this league is a big step up from my last team. This league should be a good test of my skills."

Despite the slow start, the boys on the team also said there is a good chance that this year’s Lumberjacks will win the Clark Cup, which is the championship for the USHL.

"It is nice going into the season knowing we have a chance to go all the way," said Brendan Woods, a senior from Fairfax, Va. "There is a new attitude from the coaches and players, and the atmosphere is a lot better than my last team. We are starting fresh, and that is what gives us motivation."


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