Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Shamrocks hockey player Riley Johnson. The forward got the chance to play outdoors in the CPIHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, scoring a hat trick in the American Team’s 10-7 win over the National Team.
The Shamrocks downed Lampeter-Strasburg 8-5 on Jan. 22 with Johnson adding five assists and a goal. Then in a 6-6 tie with MSM United on Friday, Johnson notched six goals, putting his weekly total to 15 points.
Q: Any memorable stories from the CPIHL All-Star Game? On the ice, off the ice, that day?
A: One of my favorite memories from the All-Star Game was definitely when I first walked in the the locker room and everyone was smiling and having a great time and I knew it was going to be a fun night.
Q: Scoring as many points as you did last week, what do you think has helped you be successful?
A: I think that my speed has helped me score as many points as I have this past week and also the great setups and opportunities that I get from my teammates. I wouldn’t be able to do it with out them.
Q: With the season winding down, are there any games the team is looking forward to playing in?
A: We are definitely excited to play Central York and Cedar Crest again for the last time because we want to beat them both and it’s always fun playing against them.
Q: Anything the team is doing to prepare for the postseason? Anything you’re specifically working on?
A: I think as a team we are trying to be more hungry for the puck and have urgency. We need to win the one-on-one battles. I’m really trying to do the same thing as my teammates and also I’m focusing on looking for open guys.
Q: Any countries you’re rooting for in the Olympics for hockey?
A: I always have to root for the USA, but I will also be rooting for Finland because I love to watch Finish players and they also have pretty cool names.
Q: What about the Stanley Cup Final?
A: I’m a huge Penguins fan and I’m hoping they will go back-to-back-to-back, but I do want to see Vegas win the cup because that would be pretty cool to see.
Q: Any matchup you’d like to see and is there one team you’d like to win?
A: I would love to see Vegas vs. Pens or Tampa vs. Winnipeg.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of hockey?
A: I do, I am playing lacrosse this spring season and other than that I do school work.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would love to play in the NHL. Hockey is my passion and I’m not going to stop playing hockey until someone tells me I can’t.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My mom inspires me the most because she is one of the hardest working people that I have ever seen.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “Heart over height.”