Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Josh Bemis

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 10:40 AM

Josh Bemis

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Hockey

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: If there’s one thing Josh Bemis loves as much as hunting and fishing, it’s hockey. He is off to a hot start this season with nine goals, two assists and 11 points in seven games.

The Quakers’ leading scorer also recently completed a hat trick, his second of the season, in a 4-3 win over Penn-Trafford.

What was your most impressive goal against Penn-Trafford?

I’d say the third goal, which got us up 4-3 and secured the win. A shot on net popped out to the slot and bounced around through a few skates, hit a teammate’s skate and came out to me on the right side. I snapped it off as quick as I could before the goalie slid over. It went five-hole.

What do you feel is your best shot?

I’d say a quick snap shot to catch the goalie off guard. I don’t like to load up too much, because it gives the goalie time to think about where you’ll shoot. I like to go high glove coming down the left side of the ice if I can.

Who do you have a lot of chemistry with on the ice?

One of our defensemen, Max Quinn. We’ve had a lot of goals where he gets the puck up to me quick. He has great vision, and he’s good at finding me open. My linemates Luke Flowers and Ben Carlson are hard workers, and they grind out pucks in the corners and get it to me.

You lead the team in penalties in addition to goals and points. How much of an edge do you play with?

In general, I try to play with toughness and meanness. I’ll make some hits and play hard for the puck, so I play with intensity. Sometimes it comes back to bite you in the box.

After going 5-14 last season, the Quakers are off to a 4-3 start. How has the team turned its fortunes around?

I definitely think a lot of it goes to our goalie, Colin Rice. He has played absolutely ridiculous. Penn-Trafford had almost triple our shots on net, and Colin has been standing on his head this year. He makes saves that I didn’t know were possible. Coach (Kevin) Quinn definitely knows what he’s doing, too. He’s the best coach I’ve ever had, and he’s always on us about teamwork.

What would happen if you tried to play goalie?

That would be a mess. I played goalie one time when I was (younger), and it was brutal.

Who would you love to play hockey with for one day?

Connor McDavid, definitely. If I have free time in school, I’ll watch his game highlights. I try to mimic my game toward his. … It’d be pretty cool to skate with him.