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Dazzling duo: Mt. Pleasant's Zach Heeke, Max Trucks atop Saginaw Valley League in points WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Nestled atop the Saginaw Valley League hockey leaderboard for points are a pair of Mount Pleasant High School seniors.

The duo of Zach Heeke and Max Trucks might be better-known for their prowess on the baseball diamond, where they are part of an Oilers core that won a state championship two years ago and finished runner-up in 2015.

But their exploits cannot be contained solely to the baseball field as they are also dynamic on the ice, which shows in the eye-popping statistics compiled over the course of this winter.

Heeke has an SVL-leading 56 points in 19 games played, totaling 21 goals and 35 assists. He is tied for eighth in the entire state in points, registering at least one assist in all but one game he has played this season.

Meanwhile, Trucks is atop the SVL in goals scored with 25 after a torrid week earlier this month where he scored seven goals over two games. He also has 20 assists, good for fifth in the SVL.

As a junior in 2014-15, Heeke scored 28 goals to go with 32 assists. Trucks added 24 goals and 26 helpers.

Put them exclusively on the same line and it is a lethal combination for an Oilers team that is 15-6 heading into the stretch run of its schedule.

“When you put Zach and Max together they have great chemistry from having played together so many years,” Mount Pleasant coach Mike Willett said. “No matter who we put with them on that line benefits because they’re going to create scoring chances for you. That’s an impressive duo that is going to be missed.”

Heeke will be playing baseball collegiately at Central Michigan next year, while Trucks signed a National Letter of Intent Monday to play baseball at Davenport University.

In a couple months, the baseball season will be in full swing as the Oilers attempt to make another state title run.

But for now, the full focus of Heeke and Trucks is on finishing what they started on the ice in becoming arguably the best pair of players to ever skate for Mount Pleasant.

“I like hockey because it’s not like baseball where you have so much failure,” Heeke said. “You don’t notice failure as much. It’s a high-tempo game where you feed off each other the whole game. It’s really physical, it’s fun and it’s a sport not a lot of people can play. A lot of people can run the bases in baseball or throw a football around, but not a lot of people can go on the ice and skate. That’s pretty cool about hockey.”

Heeke and Trucks certainly play at a high-tempo as it seems nearly every time they are on the ice a breakaway goal is within grasp.

Trucks’ speed and knack for finding where he needs to be on the ice helped him to the goal explosion, tallying four goals in a 7-5 win over Freeland on Feb. 3 followed by a hat trick two days later in a 4-3 victory against Walled Lake Northern.

“Zach just kept feeding me,” Trucks said of his two-game outburst. “I’m just trying to get in the right spot. When I am, Zach will find me and things go well.”

Trucks now has two four-goal games this season as well as a pair of three-goal contests, showing that once he heats up he is very difficult to contain.

During his freshman and sophomore years, Trucks opted to play AAA Hockey in Lansing but returned to the fold for the Oilers his junior year.

“We love playing hockey with each other and take every opportunity we can,” Trucks said. “Early in the season, we kind of had to find that chemistry a little bit but since then we’ve been rolling.”

Trucks quickly became an offensive force after rejoining the Oilers, redeveloping the offensive end dominance with Heeke as Mount Pleasant has continued its rise as a varsity hockey program.

“Max is a great kid who is really fast,” Willett said. “He uses that speed at great times. He has good hands and good awareness, plus he’s a good guy in the locker room. I think Max Trucks is a really solid hockey player and a really solid human being.”

Willett also has plenty of compliments for Heeke, the all-time leading scorer at Mount Pleasant.

“Zach is a tremendous athlete,” Willett stated. “He has a tenacity that goes along with that tremendous ability and you’re never going to stop him. He’s going to find a way. That attitude paired with really good hockey sense and all-around ability makes him a dangerous player.” Heeke recently amassed 200 career points over his four-year varsity career.

“It’s pretty cool being the first person getting to 200 points but realistically I just want to win games,” Heeke said. “I tell Max all the time and he tells me, we always fight for who has more points but what matters way more to us is winning games. We want to win a district championship, a regional championship.

When I look back on my career, I want it better from where I started to where I ended and that’s what I think we have done.”

There have been plenty of ups and downs for the Oilers since Heeke joined the varsity, but to finish with what could be the winningest season in program history has him beaming about playing a significant role in the upward trend.

“A couple years ago we went into the winter break with nine or 10 losses,” Heeke added. “Now we only had two losses this year before the break. It speaks to where we have taken this program.”

Mt. Pleasant returns to action Wednesday with a 7:15 p.m. start against Midland Dow at the Midland Civic Center.

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Last Updated: 2/14/2016 3:10:33 PM EST