Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” ends with the couplet And miles to go before I sleep/And miles to go before I sleep. This sounds a lot like the West Ottawa hockey team’s season this year. West Ottawa varsity hockey is off to a great start with a 13-0-1 record but they still have a ways to go both in teams to beat and miles to travel.
West Ottawa’s undefeated season hasn’t come easily. They’ve played teams such as East Kentwood and Manistee; in fact, the only blemish on their record is a tie against Kenowa Hills who is currently #1 in Tier Two with nine points. West Ottawa is in Tier Three, the lowest of the tiers. Besides this one blemish, the Panthers have dominated their conference with three shutouts and four mercies. Also, they have outscored their opponents 108-20 .
They faced a challenge this past weekend especially where they faced not only stiff competition, but performed after a 204 mile drive to Port Huron. This is no easy feat when you have been in the car for upwards of three hours and are still expected to play your best. Including this past weekend, the Panthers will travel a total of 1,378 miles round trip in their 8 away games. This is the equivalent to traveling one way to Palm Bay, Florida. This trip includes games as far north as Manistee and east as far as Port Huron and Bay City.
Not only will the Panthers have to do all this traveling, but if they want to keep their undefeated season alive, and remain in first place in Tier three, they will have to win all the games. Come support the Panthers this weekend at home in an 8:00 game Friday and at 3:00 Saturday.