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Commando Will Longe digs out a puck along the boards against JPII last Wednesday
Wednesday, February 3
Mueller, Nieman lead Knights to win over Commandos



PUBLISHED:  February 3, 2016

Clay Nieman scored three goals but goaltender Vijay Mueller was the story Wednesday night at Centennial Sportsplex.  Pope John Paul II won their second game of the season, beating Hendersonville, 6-4.

Mueller stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced to earn his first career win.  Not only was it his first career win, but also it was his first career start in his first season of playing ice hockey.

"There's a couple of reasons why people coach, " said Knights head coach Pete Nieman.  "When you see a kid who wants to play the game and puts forth an enormous effort and he comes to practices knowing he isn't going to play very much but he still has a great attitude and he tries so hard and he is working on his own to get better.  You know, tonight the stars aligned and it was meant to be.  He got an opportunity, we told him to go have some fun with it and he did.  I think the kid played outstanding." 

The Knights jumped out to an eaRly four-goal lead with three goals coming from senior defenseman Nieman and the other from freshman forward JT Earnst.

"Clay's an interesting player, he can really set the pace and set the tempo and tonight he did," said Pete Nieman.  "I'm  very happy with the way Clay played."

But just as the lead got comfortable, it slipped away completely.  Hendersonville tied the game with about 10 minutes left in regulation.  Junior Brayden Brewington scored two goals; Gabe Bahn and Brittany Hegele each added one.

"I think all season we've come out a little bit too slow and we've been working on it, " said Hendersonville assistant coach Rob Fitzpatrick.  "Credit to JPII, they jumped on it and got a lead that we just couldn't come back from."

With 1:06 left on the clock Kenner Lycans scored what would be the game-winning goal for the Knights and Riley Southard added the empty netter for insurance with 12 seconds to go.

"We kind of let up a little bit, we let them back in the game," said Nieman.  "For them to come back I'm super proud, there's no doubt about it.  When you see a team give up four goals then come back and fight and win, that says a lot about a team's character and right now I'm proud to say this team has a lot of character."

GNASH All Stars

Sumner County will be well represented at the GNASH All Star game.  The game will be scheduled after the conclusion of the playoffs.  Station Camp/Beech will be sending sophomore defenseman Jacob Titus, senior forward Steven Goodpaster, freshman forward Alex Yarger and senior goaltender Noah Kimbrough.

JPII will be sending senior defenseman Clay Nieman, senior defenseman Austin Smith and junior forward Kenner Lycans.

Hendersonville will be sending senior forward Gabe Bahn and junior forward Brayden Brewington was named a starter.  

Wednesday, January 27
Commandos Recognize Class of 2016

Prior to this evening's game between Hendersonville and Pope John Paul II, the Commandos took time to recognize the Senior Class and their parents during the team's annual Senior Night Celebration.

#25 – Goalie Tristan Rettke

Tristan is the son of Roger and Jean-Marie Rettke.

Tristan has appeared in 38 games for the Commandos compiling an 11-12-3 record logging nearly 1,100 minutes in net.  He has one career shutout and nearly 700 saves with a goals against average of 4.81 and an 850 save percentage.

In addition to being a 4 year letterman in ice hockey, Tristan is also a 4 year letterman in lacrosse and was part of the 2013 state championship team.  Tristan is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Tristan will be attending Southern Illinois University in the fall majoring in history and pursuing a career in education. 

#86 – Captain Gabriel Bahn

Gabe is the son of Stuart and Amy Bahn.

Gabe has played in 55 career games for the Commandos, joining the team as a sophomore.  In those 55 games, Gabe has scored 64 goals and handed out 46 assists for 110 points – averaging 2 points per game.

Gabe started playing ice hockey at the age of 12 and as a 14 year old was the leading scorer for his bantam Flyers team.  He has also played for the AAA Junior Predators and currently plays with the Music City Marauders.

With a GPA of 3.7, Gabe is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to attend the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga in the fall to pursue an engineering degree.

Sunday, January 3
Commandos finish 2nd in the 8th Annual Knoxville Hoe-Down Tournament

With an empty net and an added attacker, the Commandos had a goal waived off in the final minute of the 8th Annual Knoxville Hoe-Down Tournament this weekend and fell one goal shy of repeating as back-to-back tournament champions.  HHS finished 3-1-1 this weekend and ended up as the tournament runner up.  

The tournament started Friday afternoon with a 6-0 win over Knoxville Bearden. On Saturday, the Commandos tied Owensboro 7-7, and defeated the Knoxville Knights 7-0. The Commandos advanced to the semi-finals as the #2 seed in their pool, and faced Lipscomb-Brentwood Academy, the #1 seed from the other pool, on Sunday morning.  HHS scored four, third period goals to beat the Mustangs with a 4-1 win.

The finals were played at 1:00 pm on Sunday in a re-match against Owensboro.  The Commandos trailed 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 at the completion of the second period.  With 8:29 left to play in the third, Brayden Brewington tied the score, but an Owensboro goal with 5:00 minutes remaining in the game put the Rampage in the lead to stay.  Hendersonville continued to fight hard, but was unable to tie the score in order to force an overtime period.  Owensboro closed out the game with a 4-3 win and claimed the championship trophy.  They outshot the Commandos 30-23 during the contest.

Two Commandos were recognized for their outstanding play throughout the tournament.  Brayden Brewington received the "Top Forward" Award, and Gabe Bahn received the "Playmaker" Award.  Congratulations to not only these players, but also the entire team, for a great weekend of hockey!

Thursday, December 3
"Ironman" Commandos rally past PJP II
Chris Brooks, Hendersonville Star News 4:05 a.m. CST December 3, 2015

Shorthanded Hendersonville scores three third-period goals to deny Knights' first victory

NASHVILLE With less than 10 minutes to play in the third period, Evan Rench was lying on his back near the Hendersonville High hockey team’s bench after absorbing a hard hit.

Six minutes later, the freshman was scoring the game-winning goal for the Commandos, who produced three goals in the third period for a 4-2 victory over rival Pope John Paul II on Wednesday evening at Centennial Sportsplex.

Rench gave Hendersonville (2-2-2) a 3-2 lead with 4:04 to play after tucking a shot inside the left post, over the right shoulder of Knight sophomore goaltender Garrett Bennett.

“When I got the puck, I just saw an opportunity to use my speed and make something happen,” Rench said. “I ended up just seeing the top corner open.”

Rench had taken a check from Knight senior Riley Southard near the Commando bench and remained down for a few moments before skating off under his own power. He didn’t miss a shift on the ice.

“He took a pretty hard hit and got the wind knocked out of him,” Hendersonville head coach Tim Rathert said. “He made a nice play and beat the defenseman wide and just picked a really nice corner, high and tight, on Garrett. And I thought Garrett played a really nice game. He played tough for JPII tonight.”

Senior Gabriel Bahn had tied the contest for Hendersonville with 4:30 left on a scramble in front of Bennett, in which multiple players ended up in a pile around the net. The Knights argued that the net was knocked off of its supports and that the goal should have been disallowed, but the argument was to no avail.

Pope John Paul II High senior Kenner Lycans shoots

Pope John Paul II High senior Kenner Lycans shoots past Hendersonville junior Adam Neiderauer during third-period action. Lycans scored two goals in the Knights’ 4-2 loss. (Photo: Chris Brooks/Staff)

“(The referee’s) first response to me was that my guy hit the net off the post,” PJP II head coach Pete Nieman said.

Rathert added, “(Bahn) was working down low, and he had an opportunity on the wrap-around. There was no whistle. When I talked to him, he said the puck was laying there right against the post, and it wasn’t covered. He went in stick-first, and he was able to push it in and take everybody with it.”

It was Bahn’s 14th goal of the season.

Both PJP II goals came from senior Kenner Lycans in the second period. His first tally came shorthanded with 7:32 remaining in the period to create a 1-1 tie. On his next shift, his drive to the net paid off as he tapped home a rebound to push the Knights (0-5-1) in front with 4:36 to play. Lycans entered the game with one goal over the Knights’ first five games of GNASH (Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey League) regular-season play.

“Let me give that kid some props,” Nieman said of Lycans. “At the beginning of the season, we said, ‘hey, we know you have leadership potential. We’re going to throw a (captain’s) letter on you, and let’s see what you can do.’ He’s been developing, and he’s been a great teammate. He’s turning into a great role model for the younger kids on the team.”

The Knights nearly gave that lead up and would have had it not been for a heads-up play by junior Chris Alfieri late in the second period.

“In all honesty, we should have gave the goal away in the second period,” Nieman said. “There was a great shot, and Garrett made the save. But the rebound got away, and a (Hendersonville) guy was there. Chris sacrificed himself and dove for the puck and took it right to the upper body. He didn’t even flinch. He got back up and kept playing.”

Commando sophomore Owen Garner started the scoring and ended it as well. He gave Hendersonville a 1-0 lead when he beat Bennett above his left shoulder for a power-play goal less than two minutes into the second period. Garner put the game out of reach with less than 20 seconds to play, scoring into an empty net after the Knights had pulled Bennett for an extra attacker with 1:20 remaining in regulation.

Hendersonville High senior Gabriel Bahn gains possession

Hendersonville High senior Gabriel Bahn gains possession of the puck in the attacking zone during third-period action. Bahn scored the game-tying goal in the Commandos’ 4-2 victory. (Photo: Chris Brooks/Staff)

“I thought JPII played really, really well,” Rathert said. “They battled us really hard. Every time, for years, it’s been a great game when we played JPII.”

The Commandos, through various departures, have only had 13 skaters and two goaltenders for the entirety of the GNASH season, but it hasn’t deterred Hendersonville from taking aim at the league’s top teams.

“We’ve got a plan, and we’re keeping our shifts pretty short and tight,” Rathert said. “It really hasn’t been to our disadvantage. Yes, I’d like to have a deeper bench, but so far, we’ve been in every game in the regular season. It is sort of ironman hockey, but we’re managing it and working with it. We’ve got a great group of kids.”

Pope John Paul II High senior Clay Nieman gains control

Pope John Paul II High senior Clay Nieman gains control of the puck near the blue line as Hendersonville junior Brayden Brewington pursues during first-period action. (Photo: Chris Brooks/Staff)

Despite the manpower disadvantage, Hendersonville has managed two wins and two ties in six games.

“I think it’s made us, by far, the best-conditioned team,” Rench said. “I think it’s helped us a lot.”

The Knights will face Montgomery Bell Academy on Wednesday at Centennial Sportsplex, while Hendersonville will face Ravenwood at A-Game Sportsplex on Friday before a clash with Father Ryan on Wednesday at Ford Ice Center.

Friday, November 20
Ice Commandos Tie Again

Ice Commandos Settle for Another Tie

NASHVILLE The Hendersonville High hockey team gave up a late goal in regulation and was forced to settle for a 3-3 tie with Mt. Juliet-Wilson Central on Wednesday evening at Centennial Sportsplex.

Jake Watkins scored with 20 seconds remaining to pull the Golden Bears (2-2-1) even. The one-hour, 20-minute time limit had expired during overtime, eliminating the possibility of a shootout to break the tie.

Gabriel Bahn scored twice for Hendersonville (1-2-2), including a power-play goal early in the third period to give the Commandos a 2-1 lead. Braydon Brewington’s goal with 6:46 to play added to the lead before Austin Work answered for the Golden Bears 17 seconds later.

Owen Garner collected two assists, while both Brewington and Bahn had an assist, along with Jaxon Rathert.

Tristan Rettke made 34 saves for the Commandos, who were outshot by a 37-26 margin.

Friday, November 13
Bahn scores five as Ice Commandos win

Bahn scores five goals as Ice Commandos get first victory

From Staff Reports - November 13, 2015

NASHVILLE - The Hendersonville High hockey team picked up its first victgory in Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey Leage regular-season play on Wednesday evening, capturing a 7-4 win over Father Ryan at Centennial Sportsplex in a contest between winless teams.

Gabriel Bahn scored five goals (1-2), including two power-play tallies.

Owen Garner and Brayden Brewington had the other goals for Hendersonville.

Brewington added two assists, and Garner, Evan Rench, Jaxon Rathert and Will Longe also added assists.

Goaltender Tristan Rettke made 27 save for the Commandos.

Father Ryan fell to 0-3 in the gold division (the league's top tier) with the setback. 

Monday, November 9
Coach Cody Willmart Joins Commandos
Hendersonville Hockey,

You may have seen a new face on the ice or on the bench lately, this is me, coach Cody Willmart.

I have been playing hockey since I was six years old. I grew up in the small town of Potsdam, about 20 minutes from the Canadian border in New York state. The hype around hockey in my hometown is like the excitement around football here in the Southeast. I played in high school, played on a ACHA D1 Club Team at RIT in Rochester, NY, and continue to play in the Nashville adult leagues at Ford and Centennial.

I have been in Nashville for just over 4 years. I have a Masters Degree in Engineering and work in the Purchasing & Supply Chain group at Cummins Inc. My wife, Elizabeth, and I recently purchased a house in the Donelson area. I am excited to put down roots in Nashville, but the move and projects have really taken away from golf game lately...

I have previously coached for Wilson Central and the TN Outlaws, but stepped away from coaching last season because of a special assignment at work. I am very thankful that I was connected with Coach Tim and excited to join the Hendersonville team. I look forward to working with your hockey players and hope to pass on some expertise, or if nothing else, my love of the game.

Coach Cody

Wednesday, October 28
GNASH set to begin season

GNASH set to begin season

As the 2015-2016 Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey season approaches, youth and inexperience are two struggles that all three Sumner County programs are facing.

There was a preseason tournament in early October to decide which division teams would play in, the blue or gold. Gold is the top tier and blue is the second.

Hendersonville High School (gold) was 2-3, Pope John Paul II High School (gold) was 1-3 and Station Camp-Beech High School (blue) was 3-2.

Station Camp

The Bison ice hockey continues their co-op with Beech this season with a new head coach, Troy Damewood.

Damewood has a background of coaching in the youth programs both inline and ice around the Nashville area.

"For whatever reason, someone called me and said 'Hey, you're name is in the hat for Station Camp coaching job,'" said Damewood. "I said okay and I interviewed. They liked what I had to say and brought to the table so here we are."

Leading the squad of 20 that includes seven freshmen are forward Steven Goodpasture and goaltender Noah Kimbrough.

Goodpasture was the leading scorer on last year's team, finishing with nine goals and five assists.

Based off his performance last year and his hard work this preseason earned him the captaincy.

"We are looking for him to increase his tempo and build off what he did last year. This is his team from the leadership role going forward and we are hoping to build on that," said Damewood.

Goaltending is plentiful this season for the Bison. Kimbrough, a three-year starter, is back for his senior year and is expected to start again this year but has two strong backups in brothers Brandon and Jacob Shaw.

"I am very blessed in the goaltender category," said Damewood. "We are very fortunate to have the problem of having not just three goalies but three very solid goalies."

Other players to watch this season will be Gavin Clelland and Blake Fuqua.

"They (Clelland and Fuqua) both have a nose for the puck and are very gritty, talented hockey players. The puck just seems to find them when they are on the ice," said Damewood. "I don't want to explain it, don't want to curse, I just want it to continue."



The Commandos are the most experienced team of the three this season. The team is coming off a top-four finish in the tournament; top-three finish in the regular season.

While all eyes will be on senior captain Gabriel Bahn and junior Brayden Brewington, head coach Tim Rathert wants his team to improve more in the defensive zone.

"We've been blessed with great goal scorers but if we score 300 goals a season and give up 310 it doesn't matter," said Rathert. That's not a knock against our goaltenders but everybody wants to get in on goal scoring and not defense and that was a curse for us last year. "

Bahn and Brewington are coming off career-highs in goals and assists. Bahn had 53 goals and 45 assists in 36 games. Brewington had 37 goals and 45 assists in 34 games.

"Those guys are equally important to us but we have to be a better defensive team this year."

With only 12 skaters and two goalies, Hendersonville's roster is not deep numbers wise. A couple players have chosen to play on travel teams and few decided not to return but Rathert is pleased with the roster he has and has noticed how hard the team has been working.

"I'm really pleased with the players we've got," said Rathert. "We've got a great group of skilled players but it's so different than what we've had in the past. We consistently had 20 plus players on our team and this is real different."

Senior goaltender Tristan Rettke is expected to play most of the minutes this season. According to Rathert, Rettke is a solid goaltender with great mechanics. He has three years of experience but has had to wait his turn to be the starter.

"It's really good to see him start to blossom. It's like okay this is my time and I need to step up. After being in the passenger seat for so long, he's doing a really nice job of stepping up and taking charge."

Other players to watch for this season are sophomore Owen Garner and freshman Evan Rench. Rench finished the preseason with five goals and five assists, Garner finished with five goals and five assists.

"He (Evan) is a very solid skater and he's got great rink awareness. Owen is doing a super job and I am very pleased with where he's at," said Rathert. "Secondary scoring is critical and if we don't have secondary scoring, we will be in deep trouble."


Pope John Paul II

The Knights are the youngest of the three teams in the county. Head coach Pete Nieman has spent the preseason juggling different line combinations to find the right combination for the season.

"The more games we play, the better of a team we will become. We lack experience across all of our lines right now."

There isn't a true goal scorer on the Knights but Kenner Lycans led the way in preseason with seven points and Clay Nieman led in goals with five.

"I think you will see our goal scoring spread out," said Nieman. "Typically we haven't been a high scoring team so our goals are hard fought. The guys that really get to score goals are the ones who get to the net and don't mind getting beat up a little bit getting there."

A big help to the defensive corps after he is done with football is senior Austin Smith. Smith played last season at Rice Prep School in Vermont.

"I think what you'll see is that this for the most part will be a team effort," said Nieman. "I wouldn't expect there to be any superstars on the team but I would expect you to see a group of guys who will have an interesting to start to their season and hopefully they will learn that it's them as a group that will carry them."

Something different for the Knights this year is the addition of Tessa Herzer. It isn't uncommon for girls to play high school hockey, there have been a handful that played for Station Camp, Hendersonville and Beech before the co-op but Herzer is the first to play for the Knights in the team's history.

Other players to watch for this season are freshmen J.T. Ernst and Dylan Guy. Both were used on the top line during preseason.

"It's going to be a challenging year for us without a doubt," said Nieman. "We will work hard over the course of the year and learn from each game."

Friday, May 22
Mali brothers to play for Team USA

Mali brothers to play for Team USA

From Staff Reports 7:34 p.m. CDT May 22, 2015


Hendersonville's Jack Mali and Sam Mali have been selected as members of the 2015 Junior Men's Inline Hockey Team USA.

The brothers are a part of the 14-member squad, which will be directed by head coach Dave Inouye and team manager Gerry Lullove. The team will compete in the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) Inline Hockey World Championships, which will be held in Rosario, Argentina, from June 8-13.

Jack Mali played with Team USA in the Hong Kong Asian Cup Classic last November, scoring six goals in the tournament to help the team to a gold medal with a 6-4 victory over a team from China in the championship match. Team USA had a 6-1-1 record in the event.

This is Sam Mali's first time to be selected to be a part of Team USA.

Jack Mali is an 18-year-old who recently graduated from Hendersonville High, while 15-year-old Sam Mali is a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Hendersonville High.

Both are defenders in inline hockey.

In ice hockey, both play for travel teams that compete in regional and national tournaments. Jack Mali plays for the North Carolina-based Akili Assault, while Sam Mali is a member of the Georgia-based Mission Sting.

Both have also played for the Hendersonville High ice hockey squad, with Sam Mali serving as a defender and Jack Mali playing forward.

Sam Mali played in 21 matches as a freshman and provided five assists.

Jack Mali led the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH) League in scoring for the second consecutive season, providing 38 goals and 25 assists over 19 matches during his senior campaign.

The 2015 Junior Men's Team USA was selected based on resumes, which were evaluated by the USA Roller Sports Inline Hockey selection committee. Players were selected based on their level of experience, national and international experience and success, and also based on coaches' recommendations.

The team is scheduled to arrive in Argentina on June 6 and will practice twice on June 6-7 before beginning pool play on June 8.

There are two pools, with Pool A consisting of defending champion France, Columbia, Spain, Mexico and Argentina. Pool B is comprised of the United States, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Italy.

Other members of Team USA include: Hunter Bell (Fredericksburg, Va.), Chris Caldwell (Richmond, Va.), Richard Chen (Cary, N.C.), Zachary Claunch (San Jose, Calif.), Kyle Eng (Woodbridge, Va.), Brett Epstein (Hewlett, N.Y.), Caleb Hermle (Yolo, Calif.), Nicholas Leacox (Woodland, Calif.), Graham Rex (Cary, N.C.), Spencer Ridout (Poway, N.C.), Nathan Somerville (Cary, N.C.) and Soren Wilde (Santa Barbara, Calif.).

Wednesday, February 18
GNASH Teams delve into postseason play

From Staff Reports 3:46 p.m. CST February 18, 2015

Two of the three Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey (GNASH) League teams featuring Sumner County schools find themselves in must-win situations after the first round of postseason play.

The other one has a loss to give in the double-elimination format.

But all of them will have to wait for the weather to clear before getting back on the ice again.

The league postponed all action for the remainder of the week on Wednesday morning after bad weather swept through Middle Tennessee. No date has been set to resume postseason games.

The next round of competition will pit Hendersonville High against rival Brentwood in the second round of the Predators Cup at A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin. The Commandos advanced after last Wednesday's 5-4 victory over Father Ryan in a shootout.

Gabriel Bahn had a hat trick for the Commandos (12-8-1), and he added an assist to go with his three goals on Lucas Bahn's goal with 3:05 left in regulation. It gave Hendersonville a 4-3 lead, but the Irish (8-11-2) tied the game with 48 seconds to play on Owen Sherlog's goal.

The Commandos prevailed in the shootout after a scoreless overtime period to advance to the second round.

Brentwood (17-3-0) has won two of the three prior meetings between the teams this season. The Commandos won the first meeting on Oct. 29 (3-1), but they dropped games to the Bruins on Nov. 14 (by an 8-2 score) and Jan. 14 (3-1).

The Commandos are without senior forward Jack Mali, as he served the second of a three-game suspension for fighting on Jan. 28. He would be eligible to return in the Commandos' next game regardless of the result.

Mali and Gabriel Bahn are tied for the team lead in points during GNASH play with 56. Mali has 35 goals, while Bahn has 32 goals and 24 assists.

Braydon Brewington currently leads the Commandos with 30 assists, and he has 18 goals for a total 48 points.

Colton Banville has 11 goals and 15 assists through last Wednesday's action.

Hendersonville senior goaltender Michael Butera has an 8-6 record with one shutout in GNASH play, with a save percentage of .816 and a 5.01 goals-against average.

A win over Brentwood would send Hendersonville to the winners bracket final against either Montgomery Bell Academy (11-10) or Ravenwood (16-2-3). A loss means the Commandos would fall to the second round of the losers bracket, where they would face the winner of the match between the Pope John Paul II-Goodpasture squad and the Tennessee Outlaws (9-9-2).

Colton Driving
Hendersonville High senior defenseman Colton Banville gains control of the puck
Monday, January 26
Commandos Creating Lots of Offense
Maren Angus, For Sumner County Publications 3:54 p.m. CST January 26, 2015


The saying goes, "records are made to be broken," and that is exactly what has happened with the Hendersonville High School Commandos ice hockey team this season.

Senior Jack Mali shattered the single-season point record and continues to add on. He eclipsed the 100-point mark in less than 30 games and currently has 113 points in 30 games played.

He also has two teammates who aren't too far behind him. Junior Gabriel Bahn and sophomore Brayden Brewington have 82 and 71 points, respectively.

"The fact that they have put up the numbers they have was a total surprise," Hendersonville head coach Tim Rathert said. "I think it has surprised them as well, pleasantly."

Mali, Bahn and Brewington have a combined point total of 244 in 28 games played.

"The three of them play so well together," Rathert said. "Jack does a great job of setting the other guys up, and they just share the puck really well."

In addition to the first line, Colton Banville and Taylor Saxon bring experience to the blue line. Banville was named a junior captain last season and took over the role as team captain this season.

"Colton came in as a sophomore, and he earned the respect of everybody both his sophomore and junior year," Rathert said, "Everyone listens to him in the locker room, and he has really stepped up this season."

The Commandos started the season hot and surprised a lot of teams.

After the first defensive pairing, Rathert and the Commandos turn to three freshman who all have travel-team experience. Owen Garner, Lucas Bahn and Sam Mali have proven themselves to the coaching staff and are holding their own with boys who possess a significant size advantage.

"We have so many young players with limited playing experience," Rathert said. "Most of our team doesn't have travel-hockey experience, which makes it a real challenge for us. Lucas, Sam and Owen work really hard, and we are right in the thick of a lot of games."

The Commandos are still searching for a goaltender to take charge. There are four on the roster, and Rathert said that they have been blessed with goaltending but are still waiting for someone to stand tall.

>> The Commandos fought back to tie the Cougars at 7-7 with two minutes left in regulation but couldn't shut the door as they lost in a shootout last Wednesday.

"We made the comeback but just weren't able to finish it out in the shootout," Banville said.

Mali scored four goals for the Commandos, while Banville added three of his own.

Banville scored his third of the night on a power play with 2:07 remaining. Mali tied the contest 23 seconds later.

Both Bahn and Brewington scored in the shootout, going with a backhand move to beat the goalie on his glove side. Mali tried the same move but was stopped.

The Commandos didn't have much time to dwell on the loss with rival Pope John Paul II waiting in the wings two days later.

"They are our rivals," Banville said of the Knights. "When we see them on the schedule, we get very excited and try to get as many fans as we can to those games. The stakes are high."

Brewington had six points for the Commandos as they rolled to an 8-0 win over the Knights on Friday night at Centennial Sportsplex.

"It's always fun to play our rivals," Brewington said, "I felt like we played a great, physical, fast-paced game. Our team fed off each other and had a dominate outcome."

Senior goaltender Michael Butera stopped all 18 shots to earn the shutout and his 12th win of the season.

"He played outstanding," Brewington said. "When he is on his game, our team definitely plays better."

The Commandos conclude the regular season this week with a game Wednesday against the Tennessee Outlaws (at Ford Ice Center at 8:15 p.m.) and on Friday against Montgomery Bell Academy (at Centennial Sportsplex at 7 p.m.).


2015 Knoxville Hoe Down Champs
Sunday, January 4
Commandos Throw Down at the Knoxville Hoe Down
The Commandos won five games this weekend to claim the Knoxville Hoe Down Championship Trophy. The tournament started Friday night with a 11-2 win over Knoxville Farragut. On Saturday, the Commandos defeated Knoxville Bearden 5-0, and the Knoxville Knights 6-0. The Commandos faced Owensboro in the semi-finals on Sunday morning and dominated the Rampage with a 9-0 win. The finals were played at "high noon" on Sunday against a familiar GNASH foe, Father Ryan. The Commandos jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 4:08 to play in the first period on a Jack Mali goal, and never relinquished the lead. Father Ryan fought hard and kept the game close, but the Commandos were able to finish the game with a 4-3 win and claim the championship trophy.

Wednesday, December 3
Ice Commandos Suffer Second Consecutive Loss

First-period struggles lead to HHS setback

December 3, 2014 - Hendersonville Star News:  The Hendersonville High hockey team gave up four first-period goals in a 7-5 loss to Centennial on Monday night at Centennial Sportsplex.

Colton Banville netted a hat trick for the Commandos, scoring one goal in all thee periods.  He also picked up a first-period assist.

Hendersonville scored twice on the power-play, with Banville and Gabriel Bahn finding the net with the man advantage.  Bahn finished with two goals in the contest.

Brayden Brewington provided three assists for the Commandos, and teammate Taylor Saxon also registered an assist.

Centennial's Dakota Davis also had a hat trick, and eight different Cougars picked up a point (resulting from a goal or an assist) in the game.

In goal, Hendersonville's Michael Butera made four saves on eight shots, and Tristan Rettke stopped 14 of 17 shots for the Commandos.

Hendersonville out shot Centennial, 28-25, in the contest.

The loss dropped Hendersonville to 6-2 in Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey league play, placing the Commandoes in third place in Tier 1. 

Centennial improved to 4-5 with the with the victory.

Thursday, November 27
Buy Discounted Preds Tickets and Support HHS Hockey

The Nashville Predators have partnered with GNASH to create a discounted ticketing program designed to help high school hockey with additional ice time and fundraising opportunities.

For every ticket sold by the Commandos, we can earn $5 back for an upper level ticket and $10 back for a lower level ticket.  Once we achieve our initial goal of 40 tickets, we can also earn one hour of free ice time at Bridgestone Arena for every 40 additional tickets sold.

Upper Level Tickets, $26     Lower Level Tickets, $52

To order tickets, please go to


or call (615)770-2006

Please see the attached handout for games covered by this promotion.

Tickets must be purchased prior to December 15, 2014 to be included towards the team goal.

Handout: GNASH Preds Fundraiser 2014

Saturday, November 15
Brentwood Hands Commandos First Loss

By Seth Griffith - On Friday, November 14, 2014, the Hendersonville Commandos took on the Brentwood Bruins at Centennial Sportsplex. The Commandos came into the game with an undefeated 5-0 record and a win over Brentwood 2 weeks prior. Hendersonville was also looking to get an impressive win after their close game against Franklin Road Academy-Ensworth, winning by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday night. Commandos would give Senior goaltender Michael Butera the start as he would battle Brentwood’s star goaltender, Daniel Falls.           

The game would start off in a very odd way. Only a few minutes into the game, GNASH referees asked the Commandos to change from their black sweaters to their white sweaters as the colors were too closely matched with Brentwood’s gold jerseys. After the delay for the jersey change, the game would be chippy as everyone expected. Hendersonville would get a chance to get a powerplay goal, as Brentwood would be given a penalty at 9:02. Instead of the penalty helping the Commandos, it would hurt them, as Brentwood’s Jacob Mercurio would strike to give Brentwood the 1-0 lead. A few more penalties would be given out, but that would be all. At the end of the 1st period, the Bruins had a 1-0 lead.            

The Commandos came out in the 2nd period looking for a goal, as their aggressiveness would show. However, Brentwood’s defense and goaltender Daniel Falls would not break. Then at 7:12, Hendersonville’s Brayden Brewington would take a penalty, giving Brentwood’s power-play a chance to make it 2-0. They would do just that, as Jacob Mercurio would strike again with 25 seconds left in the man advantage. But the Commandos would not stop fighting, as the Commandos captain, Colton Banville, would slice the Brentwood lead in half, scoring at 7:02 to make it a 2-1 game. Nearly 4 minutes later, Colton Banville would find the back of the net again to tie the game up at 2. However, this tie would be short-lived, as Brentwood would score two goals in 32 seconds. The go-ahead goal was scored by Cameron Tucker, and William Haberer would give the Bruins a two goal lead going into the final period.            

In the final period of play, nothing would go the Commandos way. The Commandos would lose one of their top-defensemen, as Taylor Saxon would be ejected from the game. That would not be the worst of it, as Brentwood’s offense would explode to score 5 goals in the final period. Brentwood would start the eruption on offense at 11:42, as William Haberer would strike for the 2nd time to make the game’s score 5-2. Brentwood would take a penalty at 7:30, but would score a 2nd shorthand goal 11 seconds later. That goal was scored by Matthew Isbell at 7:19. Brentwood’s Spencer Pennisi would add two more goals, one at 6:07 and another with just 40 seconds left in the game, ending the game at 8-2 in favor of Brentwood. The Bruin win would hand the Commandos their first loss and drop them to 5-1-0 with 10 points.           

The Commandos are back in action Wedensday night, as they will take on the Centennial Cougars at A-Game Sportsplex. That game is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. Go Commandos!

Friday, November 14
Commandos Look to Stay Perfect vs. Brentwood

By Seth Griffith - Tonight, the Hendersonville Commandos try to remain undefeated as they take on heated division rival, the Brentwood Bruins at Centennial Sportsplex at 7:00 pm. The Commandos have taken the season by storm thus far, going undefeated and outscoring opponents 33 to 16. During this streak, they have had multiple impressive wins, including a 6-2 victory over Ravenwood in a game where the Commandos dominated the majority of play. The Commandos also have a victory over Brentwood 2 weeks ago, winning by a score of 3-1. In that game, Commando forward Jack Mali would come out and score on Bruins goaltender Daniel Falls in the opening minute of the game to take control early. With another goal from Jack and a goal from forward Brayden Brewington, and strong play from goaltender Michael Butera, the Commandos would keep control for the majority of the game to pick up the win.

1st Line Lights Lamp Early

Coming into the season, there was no question that the Commandos 1st line could score. But even then, their numbers are extremely impressive. In just 5 games, Commandos leading scorer, #5 Jack Mali, has a total of 13 goals and 6 assists, for a total of 19 points. Behind him is #71 Brayden Brewington who has 8 goals and 7 assists, for a total of 15 points. #86 Gabe Bahn has missed 1 game, but is still producing with 6 goals and 7 assists, for 13 points total.

Expected Starting Goaltenders

The expected starting goaltenders for tonight’s game are:

Brentwood Bruins - #1 Daniel Falls (3-3-0,GAA-1.96, SV%- .890, 1 SO)

Hendersonville Commandos - #11 Michael Buters (4-0-0, GAA-3.25, SV%-.870, 0 SO)

Friday, February 7
Comeback Short in All-Star Game

Friday, January 17
Commandos Recognize Class of 2014

Tuesday, January 14
Ice Commandos down JPII

Tuesday, November 12
Longe night for JPII as HHS dominates

Sunday, October 20
Commandos Take 2nd Place in Shamrock Invitational

Wednesday, October 30
Hendersonville Faces Brentwood in Hockey