Denver, CO- The Boys Bantam Hockey team had an exciting weekend of hockey in Denver at the Super2K Series, December 12-14. They lost a lead in the third period of their first game to take a challenging defeat, but knew they had to win out in order to play for the championship on Sunday. They certainly rose to the occasion with a gritty win on Friday night in front of alumni in an outstanding outdoor game at the Denver Country Club. Saturday morning the boys played arguably their best game all year to beat a very good team from British Columbia 7-4 in a much needed total team effort. Saturday night saw a 7-0 win, which was enough to get into the championship game and face-off against the Pursuit of Excellence team again in an opportunity for retribution against the team that beat them in game one. The championship was decided in an overtime shootout with Thomas Lalonde ’18 stopping two of the three shooters he faced and Oliver Wahlstrom ’19 scoring a goal and setting up TJ Walsh ’18 with his opportunity to be the hero and send the team and parents home happy with a championship banner in tow.
“This was a fantastic weekend for the kids, and they certainly earned this championship,” said Coach Mike Carpentier ’00. “They had the opportunity to have former SSM coach and Athletic Director John Sumner on the bench to help guide them and keep them calm in the face of some adversity. The coaching staff is extremely proud of the team. This is the exclamation point that we all wanted going into the Holiday Break.”