Twin brothers compete on the same high school hockey team in this reprint of the classic family hockey novel.
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A re-issue of the hockey classic, originally published when Stacy was a teenager.
Brad’s twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J. is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he’s testing his popularity with Brad’s friends, eyeing Brad’s girl and competing to be captain of the team. The whole school is rooting for a big double-strength win…not knowing that their twin hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off.
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Dropping on his helmet, Brad skated over to the red face-off circle and took his place to the right of his brother. “Win this face-off if it kills you,” he murmured to T. J., as Glen positioned himself opposite them.
T. J. nodded, his face a mask. As Coach Ryan dropped the puck between Glen and T. J., both centers lashed at it, with T. J. coming out the victor. He tipped the puck back to Brad, who tore across Team B’s blue line like a man possessed. Brad feigned to the right, and then spun around and slid the disk back to T. J., who he somehow knew would be just behind him. T.J. let it brush against his stick’s blade for a second, and then flipped the black rubber disk into the upper left side of the cage, just over Trey’s shoulder.
Brad and his brother combined for five more goals like that, and in ten minutes the score was Team A, 6, Team B, 1; B had scored when the McKendrick line was on the bench. Trey was an excellent goaltender, but he always started off the preseason slowly, and his teammates just weren’t supporting him enough defensively. Brad was almost certain that Reynolds had arranged it so that the better players shot against the better goalie, Trey, and the weaker ones against Sage, a potentially skilled but inexperienced sophomore. Brad felt bad that he and T. J. were getting so many past his old buddy, but he couldn’t help it.
Playing on a line with T. J. was like playing on a line with an NHL superstar. Goalies were a mere triviality. They hadn’t played together in so long that Brad had almost forgotten that feeling.