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Hockey: Jak Karls put club on hold to play for Fenwick

<p>Fenwick’s Jak Karls slides pass in front of the net during the Friars’ 9-3 loss to Naperville Central in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup playoffs. | Rob Valentin/For Sun-Times Media </p>

Fenwick’s Jak Karls slides pass in front of the net during the Friars’ 9-3 loss to Naperville Central in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup playoffs. | Rob Valentin/For Sun-Times Media 

Fenwick’s Jak Karls decided to follow a different path his year. The junior from Burr Ridge spent his first two years in high school playing club hockey for the Chicago Fury and Romeoville Huskies.

Having embraced that experience, Karls felt it was time to try Fenwick hockey and it’s been a successful venture for both sides.

“I wanted to focus on grades and didn’t want to travel as much and ultimately I just wanted to play for Fenwick,” Karls said. “That’s one of the reasons I went there. I was accepted by the team. We’re like one big family. That’s one of my favorite things about the team.”

Karls skated on the second line and had 12 goals in 22 Catholic League games. He feels club hockey helped prepare him for varsity.

“The game is a little slower than I was used to and I have pretty good vision,” Karls said. “I had a lot of goals this season and was able to finish more than in the past.”

Fenwick’s season came to an end in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup playoffs on Friday with a 9-3 loss to Naperville Central. Discipline was a big problem for the Friars, who committed 11 penalties and gave up four power play goals.

[Read the full story on High School Cube.]

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