Sheridan hockey family

Locals bring love for Sheridan Hawks to St. Louis for national tournament


ST. LOUIS — They wore various NA3HL Sheridan Hawks gear and had journeyed to St. Louis in cars for 16-plus hours and on planes for about half as long. They cheered as loudly for the Hawks’ 13th goal against the Northeast Generals as they did for Tony Brings’ game-tying goal in the first period Thursday afternoon. They sat behind Sheridan’s bench and across from it, separated by the St. Peters Rec-Plex’s rink but unified by their shared love for the Hawks.

The Sheridanites were old and young, blood relatives and billet families, and they all followed their favorite hockey team to the North American 3 Hockey League Fraser Cup National Championship for the same reason.

“We just love the Hawks,” Jennifer Pehringer said. “We love the team.”

Pehringer and husband Allen and friend Ron Condos left for St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrived at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Jennifer did most of the driving until the final three-hour stretch when Condos took over, and the group passed some of the time by checking the Hawks and their Fraser Cup opponents’ statistics online. 

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