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Liberty family hockey trio laces it up for one last time at home

February 15, 2017 Updated: February 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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Cody, 14, Jordan, 18, and Mikey Wilson, 17, are pictured at their home on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The three siblings play hockey together at Liberty High School. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

The family hockey trio of brothers Mikey and Cody Wilson and older sister Jordan were separated by age just enough to never get the opportunity to play on the same team together.

That changed this season with all three suiting up for Liberty.

And seemingly as soon as it began, the journey nears an end Thursday when Jordan, one of six seniors, plays for possibly the last time alongside Mikey a junior, and Cody, a freshman, when the Lancers (9-8-1, 7-6 Pinnacle Conference) host Kent Denver (10-7-1, 9-3-1) at 7:15 p.m. at Sertich Ice Arena.

"It's so great to be part of it and having this opportunity to be with my brothers this season," said Jordan, a defenseman. "I really wish I would have tried out my freshman and sophomore years, but this season has been fun, and we've made so many memories."

One by one, Lancers coach Brian Straub convinced members of the Wilson family to play for his team at Liberty.

Mikey, 17, Jordan, 18, and Cody Wilson, 14, are pictured at their home on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The three siblings play hockey together at Liberty High School. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette  

It started with Mikey, whose involvement with a bantam team during his freshman year prevented him from doing both.

So when he tried out and made the team the next season, it wasn't long before he had family company.

"My sister went to one of the games my sophomore year," Mikey said. "And she really liked it. So she joined the team as well."

Then, it became a family hat trick when Cody made the team as a freshman.

"I found out about Mikey, and I bugged him his freshman year about playing for the school team," said Straub, in his seventh year. "He came out for his sophomore year, then I learned how good Jordan was, and I bugged her and got her out as a junior. They both came back, then I got Cody involved this year. I finally got the whole family."

Thursday's game at Sertich might not be the end of road for Liberty, which enters the game ranked 21st in the Ratings Percentage Index, with the top 24 squads earning berths in the postseason, which starts early next week.

If the Lancers can hang on, it'll mark the program's second straight playoff appearance.

The Wilson family this winter installed a small ice rink in its yard, where family and friends can get in extra skating time. (Via Facebook, courtesy Liane Wilson) 

Then, it'll be up to the Wilson boys to help carry the squad in the future.

"I'm excited for another three years and one more with my brother," Cody said. "It's been a good year. It took a while to get things going, but everything is coming together at the right time."

The Lancers entered the holiday break at 2-5. Since then, they've won seven of 11 games with a tie and hope to keep it going against a Kent Denver team that shut out Liberty, 6-0 back on Nov. 30.

And there's no doubt the pregame for senior night will tug on the heartstrings.

"Every year, saying goodbye to our seniors is always tough," Straub said. "I've gotten to see them not only grow physically, but mature and really see them develop as people. I'm excited for this game, and to see them celebrate. Our seniors have contributed so much time and energy. Jordan and her brothers aren't only good hockey players, but are just good kids. The three got to play for the same school and wear the same jerseys, and they embraced it."

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