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One Collins athlete recently helped his team win a state championship with a flick of the wrist.
Collins junior Austin Myers, a right wing for the Oldham County ice hockey team, assisted the game-winning goal – with only 1 minute, 52 seconds to play – that lifted Oldham to a 2-1 triumph over Trinity in the Kentucky High School Hockey League state final, capping off a 19-0 season, on March 3 at the Iceland Sports Arena in Louisville.
“It was pretty amazing,” Myers said recently. “I couldn’t even imagine winning, much less that happening. It’s something you dream of, but it actually happened, it’s amazing.”
Myers has been playing hockey since he was 4. His dad, Scott, is from Philadelphia, and he grew up watching the Flyers, including teams like the “Broad Street Bullies,” subject of a recent HBO documentary.
“He always used to watch hockey as a kid,” Myers said.
That’s how the younger Myers picked up the sport.
Myers joined the Oldham County team his freshman year of high school. That season Oldham finished third in the state. Last year Oldham lost in the first round of the state tourney.
This season, though, everything came together. Oldham, which is comprised of students from the Oldham county high schools as well as Christian Academy of Louisville and Male, went 16-0 during the regular season in the 9-team league then won all three of its tournament games.
The final was the third meeting this season between Oldham and Trinity. Oldham, Myers said, had won, 6-0, the first time and 5-0 the second. The final, though, was different.
“Trinity came out one hundred percent, that’s for sure,” said Myers, who is 5 feet 11, 195 pounds.
Oldham led for much of the match before Trinity tied it with about three minutes to go in the third and final period. That set the stage for Myers.
“It was near the end of my shift, and I was pretty tired, but I went out there and picked the puck up at center ice and went into the zone,” he said. “Then I passed it across backdoor to my friend Ben Lau.”
Lau scored to give Oldham County the state title.
Myers, who scored 27 points for the Colonels this season, said he’d like to play hockey collegiately, possibility at the University of Louisville, which has a club team that competes in the Southeast Conference in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
“I’d have to work toward it,” he said.
Until then, though, Myers is hoping to add another state title next year.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.