“At first, it was a little weird,” said St. Mary’s attackman Connor Jackson. “But then the rivalry just kind of disappeared.”Winning will do that. Jackson finished with a game-high three points on a goal and two assists to lead 4th-seeded Team 510 to an 8-3 victory over the Las Vegas HS Starz in the championship game of the boys high school division.Attackmen Robby Inch and Matt Dobbes each added two goals, middie Jon Chee had a goal and an assist and dominated on face-offs and Trevor Wolf and Zeal Levin each added goals for Team 510, which finished the event with a perfect 6-0 record. And, for the record, that’s pronounced “Five, One, Oh,” after the local area code.In a losing effort, Joe Mecham, Harrison Krueger and Kieran Eissler all scored one goal for second-seeded Las Vegas, which went 5-1.
The game was tied, 1-1, about midway through the first half when Jackson scored the go-ahead goal to spark a seven-goal run. About seven minutes after Jackson put Team 510 up 2-1, Wolf extended the lead to two goals when he stole the ball from Las Vegas goalie Conner DeVane with a stick check and then beat DeVane with a low shot.Chee made it 4-1 just 10 seconds later when he won a face-off, streaked down the field and scored.By the time Inch scored his second of the game with 12 minutes remaining, Team 510 led 8-1.“It’s fun to play with these guys,” Jackson said. “We just clicked. There was nobody who wanted to be the star. Everyone had confidence in each other. Everyone has real good stick skills. I think it was just a real good combination of people.
So even though they didn't win the whole thing, they did very well. There were over 30 teams and the boys from Vegas were outstanding. We are really proud of Joey for being part of the Vegas Starz. He had a great time at the tournament and played very well for his team. He can always be counted on to score a few and is very generous with the ball, getting just as many assists. We are looking forward to the season ahead and those yet to come.