Gorniak ready for senior year at West Salem

West Salem's Jack Gorniak

WEST SALEM, WI - Inside the hollowed Meat Locker, West Salem's Jack Gorniak dazzles on the ice.

"Everything he does is just well rounded. He uses his speed good.  His shot is phenomenal," Senior Joe Oldendorf said. 

"Just trying to enjoy every minute of it with all my buddies. I grew up playing hockey with them.  Just trying to have the most fun I can," Jack Gorniak said.

Coming off first team all-state honors a season ago, the lefty with the hard shot is already heading towards a repeat selection, recording 6 goals, and 5 assists in 3 games. 

"He's a playmaker.  He makes everyone on the ice look good.  Got to love it," Senior Ryan Beirne said.

Gorniak's style of play will one day be showcased while wearing a red and white sweater, committing to Wisconsin in October. 

"He's a guy that's going to be all over the puck.  Going to have the puck on his stick, want the puck on his stick.  That says a lot of the type of players he is, always wanting to be involved," West Salem head coach Eric Borre said.  

Gorniak is already beginning that transition from high school hockey to college.  The forward spent two games at the junior league ranks in November with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League.

"Hockey is fast.  All the players are strong.  Showed me what to play at that level is like.  It was a really good experience," Gorniak said.

He was then left with a decision.  The WIAA permits two games at the junior level...any more, and his high school season is over.  

"It's not really a thing we think about.  We just know when he's here.  He's going to help us get the job done," Oldendorf said.

"We all know he's got to do what he's got to do," Beirne said.

Well his teammates have nothing to fear, Gorniak has decided to play out his senior year.  Number 11 has some unfinished business to take care of at West Salem.

"Realizing its our last year, last shot to make it down to the state tournament.  Pushes us more to get there," Gorniak said.


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