West Bloomfield High sophomore Shane Bosinevu shoots the puck during a recent practice. At press time, the Lakers were 1-1 overall.

West Bloomfield High sophomore Shane Bosinevu shoots the puck during a recent practice. At press time, the Lakers were 1-1 overall.

Photo by Donna Agusti


West Bloomfield High hockey focused on playing hard

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 23, 2018

 West Bloomfield High senior Lance Ferenc skates with the puck at a recent practice. Ferenc is tied for the team lead in goals with three.

West Bloomfield High senior Lance Ferenc skates with the puck at a recent practice. Ferenc is tied for the team lead in goals with three.

Photo by Donna Agusti

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For West Bloomfield High hockey coach Logan McLean, playing hard and giving maximum effort have been the main focus.

No matter the score or the situation, he wants his team to continue fighting until the end of the game.  The Lakers have a small roster with just 11 skaters and two goalies, meaning there is little time between each player’s next shift.

Despite the lack of depth, McLean is proud of the way his team has played so far this season. At press time, the Lakers were 1-1 overall.

“Just getting the kids used to going every other shift and the extra ice time that they’re not really used to is going to be interesting to see if we can get through the season without getting exhausted or anything like that,” McLean said.

Statistically, senior Lance Ferenc and junior Sverre Sears are leading all scorers with three goals each. Juniors John Paul Ayar and Justin Estes, along with senior Nick Long, each have one goal. Sears also leads the team in assists with three.

Ferenc, Long and Ayar are the team’s captains. Long and Ferenc are leading the Lakers defense, and McLean called that one of the biggest strengths of the team.

As seniors, Long and Ferenc know the expectations and have been able to push the younger guys, which helps the coaching staff.

Despite being a junior, Ayar has shown leadership qualities since he joined the team. Throughout his first two seasons with the program, Ayar learned from veterans and showed that he was ready to take on a bigger role.

“(Ayar) is one of those kids that coming in as a freshman wasn’t quite sure what to do, but come midseason, he started learning from our upperclassmen, and you could tell that he was going to be one of the leaders on the team in no time,” the coach said. “A lot of the kids, even last year as he was a sophomore, were suggesting that maybe we should promote him to an assistant captain or at least give him another role on the team.”

McLean noted that the strong alumni base has helped the program out a lot since he took over in 2016. He has former players coming home from college and asking to work out with his team.

Having alumni who want to come back and support the current players has helped the team grow and means a lot to everyone involved.

“It just helps get these younger players to understand what it means to be a part of, not just the team, but the program,” McLean said. “They don’t want to be a part of just the team. They want the whole program to be sustainable, and that’s what I’m really trying to push for year after year.”

The Lakers’ next game is at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 against Southgate Anderson at Southgate Arena.