Eamonn Thall is a varsity hockey player for Montclair High School in his junior year. He has been on varsity since freshmen year, and has an important role to the team.
Thall began playing hockey at a young age because, his father encouraged him to get on the ice. “It’s a family sport”, Thall says proudly. Once he began playing in the third grade, he never stopped.
Despite losing their first game on November 27th on the road against #1 in the NJIIHL – McInnis Division, Summit, the talented Thall and #3 The Mounties are resilient, having a 5-3-1 overall record and 3-2 in the Division. “We had our chances, but didn’t finish”, says Thall. The Mounties connected last night at home against the Livingston Lancers, 4-1. Thall collected two assists for the night.
The goals this season are to make state playoffs and to win the Division. Montclair is not far off from attaining their goals. The must continue to remain solid at home, and finish on the road. Their strategies for doing so, good slot defense; winning all third periods; win 50/50 pucks (battles); and always out work the opponent.
The Mounties finished last year losing in the playoffs in the second round to the first seed… I believe that it is Summit, from the tone of his voice.
Thall’s personal thoughts on his team are as follows:
We are a young team, and we are going to be nasty next year because we are a young team. I am assistant captain, and future captain next year. Our current captain is Will Schiffenhaus, and our Coach is Mark Janifer.
Interview by Jourdan Pridgen, MHS Sophomore