Any sports team will tell you they're like family, but for the FLOP girls hockey team they take family to a whole new level.
Their roster includes not one, not two, but three sets of sisters: Sirena and Emery Fitzery, Jessica and Julia Peters and Emily and Mary Kromer.
"It definitely doesn't come around very often," said Lake Shore forward Emily Kromer. "You have to now really distinguish who's who so it's funny."
Emily and Mary are the older pair of all three. They've been playing together for years, usually skate on the same line, and just like any sisters, create a little competition.
"We try getting more goals than each other all the time," said Lake Shore forward Mary Kromer. "Over at the State Tournament we were actually joking about who got more penalty minutes. I won that one."
Then you have the Peters and Fitzerys, two upperclassmen and their 7th grade sisters. It's pretty special to be separated by four or five years and still be on a team with each other.
"I'm a little tough on her and make her work better," said Frontier defender Sirena Fitzery.
"Yea, she's always pushing me and it's a good experience," added Sirena's little sister, Emery.
Six players, three sets of last names. All of them do have their differences but the one thing they have in common is a love for hockey and family.
"I didn't have a sister older than me and didn't have anyone to tell me how it was," said Orchard Park forward Jessica Peters. "I feel like I can tell Julia how things happen and how to do things."
"It's really nice because I get to look up to her and she can teach me a lot of things," added Jessica's sister Julia. "Hockey, it's what we love."
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