By Steve Peterson
Weekend commutes to Sioux City concluded for one Akron-Westfield student while another player on the Sioux City Metros with Akron ties has a couple of years to go.
Jarett Heyl and Christen Peterson each play defense for the Metros, which play their home games at IBP Ice Center in Sioux City. Both play on the varsity squad and Peterson, who attends Sioux City East but has family in Akron, also plays junior varsity. The two squads emerged victorious over Kansas City in Midwest High School Hockey League action Feb. 25.
“I started when I was four-years-old and played goalie,” said Heyl.
Heyl’s parents, Kim and Dave Heyl of Akron, set up an ice hockey rink in their Akron backyard back then. Grandmother Betty Heyl often attends games.
Heyl, who will attend University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., this fall, said he will miss playing hockey. His older brother, Quinn, who now lives in Omaha, also played but did not pursue it in high school.
Goals by Alec Nieman and Jim Page, the second coming with 2:48 left, gave the Metros a tense 2-1 win Saturday. Blake Beller got the win in goal.
“That’s only the second time we’ve beaten them in my high school years,” said Heyl.
It’s a long season, from late September to March, but a successful one for the Metros, who hoped to secure a state tournament bid Feb. 26 against KC. The varsity was 19-6-2 record after the win.
“I’ve learned a lot from Head Coach Dave LeGerre,” said Heyl.
Although each is listed as a defenseman, Heyl and Peterson each have scored a goal this season.
Heyl’s goal was a shot from the blue line for an overtime winner. This season Heyl has six goals and 14 assists with his last goal Feb. 12 against Lincoln.
Peterson is the grandson of Terry and Lynette Clarey of Akron and son of Angela Clarey of Akron. He had an early start in hockey, about age seven.
Peterson’s Junior Varsity team needed a shoot-out to beat KC Saturday and prevailed, 2-1. For Junior Varsity, Peterson has three goals and eight assists.
The Metros lost to Kansas City, 3-1 on the varsity level Feb. 26 for a 19-7-2 record going into the Year-End Tournament in Ames at Iowa State University’s ice arena.
The four-seed Sioux City Metros hockey team defeated fifth-seed Des Moines Oak Leafs in the first round of the Midwest Hockey League Year End Tournament, 5-1, in Ames March 3 at Iowa State University’s Ice Arena.
The Metros’ Jarett Heyl of Akron played on defense as did Christen Peterson.
The Metros reached the league championship game when James Page scored a power-play goal for a 6-5 win over the Des Moines Capitals March 4.
The Waterloo Warriors beat the Sioux City Metros 2-1 March 5 for the Midwest Hockey League championship at Iowa State University in Ames.
The Metros and Warriors were tied at 1-1 after two periods but Waterloo got the winning goal in the third. Reese McDonald scored the game winner.