Marky Billson profiles the Thomas Jefferson hockey team.
(Photo: Matt Freed /Post-Gazette February 14, 2013 Deer Lakes' Thomas Lisowski fights for the puck against Thomas Jefferson's Tommy Kimmick last season. Kimmick is a senior captain and first-line center for the Jaguars. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"If you're the type who grows sad over the winter because Kennywood is closed, following the Thomas Jefferson High School hockey team might take care of your need for a roller-coaster fix.
The Jaguars, a traditional PIHL powerhouse, went from 6-13 in 2011-12 to the Class A Penguin Cup final in 2014 before falling to three-time champion Quaker Valley, 8-2.
TJ then had to overcome the loss of nine seniors for the 2014-15 season. The young Jaguars started the season by losing their first two games, only to win their next eight before falling in their next three games heading into Christmas break. The losing streak extended to four after the holiday break when the Jaguars lost to powerhouse Quaker Valley, 5-2 on Jan. 5.
They broke that streak, however, with a 6-5 victory last Thursday against Montour then defeated Gateway, 8-2, the next night."