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ICE HOCKEY: End of Season Clashes Pave the Way for APAC & ICSHL PCL Championships and the Annual Flyers Cup Tournament

By Jeremy Goode Photos: Ryan Nix and Geanine Jamison, 03/14/23, 2:15PM EDT


Philadelphia Sports Digest Power Play 3/13

In the past two weeks, regular seasons came to a close, champions were crowned and the annual Flyers Cup tournament commenced.

The La Salle College High School Explorers emerged as 2023 APAC champions in a 7-3 win vs. Holy Ghost Prep. In the ICSHL, Salesianum needed extra time to defeat Father Judge 4-3 to claim the ICSHL PCL title. As top seed in the APAC, La Salle earned a first-round bye in the 2023 AAA Flyers Cup opening slate. In more Flyers Cup action, Malvern Prep defeated Father Judge in our featured game of the tournament 6-2. Despite falling short in the APAC championship, Holy Ghost rose to the occasion in the Flyers Cup opening round, defeating Cardinal O’Hara 10-1. St. Joseph’s Prep also took home a victory 4-2 against Perkiomen Valley.

On Tuesday, March 14, the AAA Flyers Cup semifinals will be played in a double-header at Hatfield Ice. St. Joseph’s Prep will meet Holy Ghost first at 6:15 p.m. and La Salle will take the ice against Malvern Prep at 8:45 p.m. During the APAC regular season, St. Joseph’s Prep defeated Holy Ghost twice, 3-2 and 8-4, but lost to the Firebirds 4-1 in the APAC semifinals. La Salle defeated Malvern Prep twice during regular season play, 4-3 and 7-2.

See stories, videos and photos below, as Philadelphia Sports Digest reporter Jeremy Goode rounds up key APAC and ICSHL-PCL end of season contests!

In A heavyweight bout, La Salle Claims the 2023 APAC Founder’s Cup Title

Photos: Geanine Jamison

By: Jeremy Goode

On March 1, La Salle turned to its offense during the second period of the Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference championship game to close the door on Holy Ghost Prep, earning itself the Founder’s Cup title with a 7-3 win over its league rival. 

“Our focus was all about control what we can control,” La Salle head coach Wally Muehlbronner said. “Our work ethic, playing our systems, playing hard for one another. If we could control that, we would do a good job.”

La Salle claims 2023 APAC Founder's Cup Title - PSD Photo by Geanine Jamison

While La Salle built its roster through all of its units, its greatest strength was in offense. Within the first few minutes of the championship, La Salle had already recorded four shots on net. The early offensive surge by La Salle would come in handy, as Chase Hannon was able to eventually break the game open with a goal at 12:48, giving the Explorers a 1-0 advantage.

Holy Ghost Prep would have an answer of its own shortly after Hannon’s goal.

After a few shots on net for Holy Ghost, they drew a penalty giving them a five on four advantage in personnel. The Firebirds continued to put shots on net and were rewarded again by their offensive push with another penalty on La Salle, giving them a five on three advantage for 45 seconds.  After winning the faceoff, Holy Ghost would convert, tying the game on a Landon Stout goal with 7:40 remaining in the first period.

The next seven minutes saw a concerted effort by both teams to get shots on net. Each offense was successful in creating opportunities for a second goal, but none were able to score, as both teams went into the second period tied at one.

La Salle would not waste any time in the second period to establish its offensive brand of hockey. Five seconds into the period after a La Salle faceoff win, Evan Golato launched a quick slapshot from the blue line that found its way to the back of the net as the Holy Ghost goaltender misplayed the shot, earning La Salle a 2-1 lead.

2023 APAC Highlights and award presentation - PSD Video by Geanine Jamison & Jeremy Goode

“It was just getting a shot on net,” Golato said. “I saw the defender going for a screen so I thought we could get it on net… I thought just applying our pressure we would get it in.”

Little did either side know, but Golato’s goal would have La Salle up throughout the rest of the game. La Salle would then record five shots on goal within the next two minutes. They drew a penalty at 14:24, scoring 21 seconds later on Hannon’s second goal of the contest, assisted by Ryan Desmond.

Holy Ghost would cut La Salle’s lead to 3-2 ten minutes later as Stout passed the puck from behind the net to Brady Baehser, who buried a goal right in front of the net with 5:37 left in the period. La Salle would kill off Holy Ghost’s first comeback attempt 17 seconds later when, after a faceoff win on Holy Ghost’s half of the ice, Hannon earned a hat trick and a 4-2 La Salle lead with 5:20 left.

As a Co-Captain, Hannon was not sure how he would leave his mark in the APAC Championship, but he was excited to ultimately lead by example in La Salle’s big championship win.

“It was electric and an unreal experience,” Hannon said. “I was not expecting a hat trick going into the game, so it was awesome to do it.”

The second and final comeback attempt by Holy Ghost would occur at 3:27 left in the second period, as Holy Ghost’s Ciaran Chambers skated past La Salle’s lines and shot one past La Salle’s goalie, Aries Carangi.

With under three and a half minutes to play in the period in a now rather defensive game, La Salle managed to score two more goals, going into the third period 6-3, hijacking any hopes for Holy Ghost to win the championship game. Williams Gregorio put a deep shot with traffic in front of the net through to make the score 5-3 with 2:31 left in the period. Charlie Kennedy was able to finish with a goal in front of the net with 18.9 seconds left in the period.

“We gave up a couple while shorthanded but then we were able to come right back and score once it got back to five on five,” Muehlbronner said.

Even though La Salle’s offensive outburst in the second period put the game away, Hannon gave credit to every unit for their impact in being able to ultimately hoist the APAC trophy.

“Every line was going well today,” Hannon said. “Every line had many opportunities and our line in particular; we just got pucks to the net and we found success doing that.”

La Salle senior Chase Hannon talks about scoring a hat trick in the APAC championship – PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

La Salle senior Evan Golato secured a goal for the Explorer’s to start the second period, giving his team added momentum – PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

During the first 10 minutes of the third period, both teams traded off shots, while none reached the back of the net. With 8:50 left in the game, La Salle’s Thomas Doucet put a shot on net that was initially saved, but Timothy Whittlock smacked the rebound through for a 7-3 La Salle advantage and, ultimately, the final score.

The APAC championship has great meaning to this La Salle team; it’s the first one for this four-year group of La Salle students. They are also bracing for more playoff hockey in the next few weeks.

“It means a lot but we’re just thinking about what’s next,” Golato said. “We’re hoping for Flyers’ Cup and the state championship; to keep going as long as we can.” 

For Hannon, the APAC Championship trophy coming to La Salle is personal.

“This is everyone’s first championship for La Salle…” Hannon Said. “Everyone found their spot on the team… and we all came together under one common goal, and we are succeeding because of it.”

La Salle finished with 45 shots on goal, while Holy Ghost recorded 40 of its own. Both teams will be competing in the Flyers Cup semifinals this evening.

While La Salle started off the season on a slow note, its ability to pick up the pace, win the APAC championship and ultimately compete for more playoff hardware really stands out to Muehlbronner as he reflects on the season and how he will remember this team.

“I will remember the character that they had,” Muehlbronner said. “They put the team first and it took a little while for us to realize that that was what we had to do. But once they did, we really played well as a group.”

Final Regular Season Game for Father Judge and Cardinal O’Hara Paves Way for ICSHL PCL Semifinal

By: Jeremy Goode

If there were any questions about Father Judge’s offense, the team put them to rest in the first 24 seconds of their game, scoring a quick goal against Cardinal O’Hara and then following with 10 more. Father Judge defeated O’Hara 11-4 in their final regular season game on Feb. 23.

It could have been the 10 p.m. start, and perhaps Father Judge wanted to end the game early and focus on homework or upcoming tests. After all, it was a school night. Maybe that was the thinking of Connor McDowell, the forward who scored 24 seconds into the game giving Father Judge a quick 1-0 lead.

“Our philosophy all season has been to be a blue-collar hockey club,” Father Judge assistant coach Greg Johnson said. “We want to get that puck deep, bang bodies, grind grind, grind, and let things happen on their own organically.”

Father Judge cruised to an 11-4 end of season victory vs. Cardinal O'Hara - PSD Photo by Ryan Nix

The Father Judge hockey coaching philosophy went as scripted after McDowell’s goal. Jaiden Golden scored on a breakaway with 13:34 remaining in the first period, and teammate George Whitfield III scored off an assist from Jason Smaron two minutes later, tallying a 3-0 Father Judge lead five and a half minutes into the contest.

Cardinal O’Hara’s pattern throughout the game was to make it clear they would not go away even when it seemed that they were completely out of it. 

O’Hara’s Jason DiPetro scored at 8:23 off an assist from Luke Melito, closing in on the deficit and making it 3-1 Father Judge. Four minutes later, Matthew Moser would skate and finesse his way through O’Hara’s units, scoring to give Father Judge a 4-1 lead which they would take into the second period.

“Our defensemen really worked on getting over from the point to shooting and looking low for tips,” Carlos Rowland said. “And that’s how we got most of our goals; tip-ins from the offense men.”

Father Judge would continue its dominant offensive possessions and shots on net in the second period, but statistically it did not have much to show for it early on. Colin Howell had a breakaway that O’Hara’s goalie defended perfectly. Matthew Devine also had a few slapshots on net that were denied.

Eventually, Leo Reilly was able to get a goal through in the second period off a rebounded shot by Mike Fontaine, putting Father Judge up 5-1 with 9:13 to play. Moser would add his second goal of the night as he took a pass at the top of dots, and glided in untouched to bury a slapshot from 10 feet away. Gavin Ammlung would score over a minute later, giving Father Judge a commanding 7-1 led with 3:14 left in the period.

Strategically, Johnson used specific advantages his team has benefitted from all season against certain teams, including O’Hara. Father Judge has been able to feature more depth than O’Hara, eventually allowing Father Judge to tire their opponents out during the third period.

O’Hara still found a way to chip into Father Judge’s lead as they went on the power play with a little over two minutes left in the period. With 37 seconds left in the second, O’Hara was able to squeeze a goal through, going into the third period down 7-2 off the stick of Patrick Roney.

“All of practice our coaches were about getting in front of the net, getting tips in front, so I think that was a big help for us,” Smaron said. “All of our guys can shoot on this team, so just putting the puck on net, prying dirty goals… We have a great, skilled team.”

Jason Smaron talks about Judge's dominant end of season victory vs. O'Hara - PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

Father Judge junior #90 Colin Howell - PSD Photo by Zack Beavers

After a goal by Father Judge’s Colin Walsh and two by O’Hara’s Luke Melito in the first five and a half minutes to cut Father Judge’s lead to 8-4 in the third period, the Crusaders rallied to put the final nail in the coffin, scoring three unanswered goals by Reilly, Joseph Mullen and Colin Everly within a minute and fifty-seven seconds. The last six minutes of regulation would play out with the same score.

Father Judge had already played this Cardinal O’Hara team several times this season, which might have been a reason why they were able to have an offensive outburst to cap off the regular season.

“Playing them so many times; we understand their system,” Smaron said. “We are just able to stick a guy and play heavy defense and on top of that, produce on the offensive side.”

Cardinal O'Hara senior Luke Melito #12 scored two of the Lion's four goals - PSD Photo by Josh Cotterell

Carlos Rowland gave props to his defensemen in the win - PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

While Father Judge found its groove offensively, it was only truly able to put away O’Hara midway through the third period. With so much familiarity between the two sides, neither team wanted to go out early.

Even when O’Hara seemed out, they always had an answer when things looked the most bleak during different parts of the game.

“We had to work hard obviously; they were not letting up until the third period once we scored the tenth and eleventh goals,” Rowland said. “It was a full game but I felt our offense was better and our defensemen really changed the game flow.”

Johnson and his fellow coaches consistently preach quick starts, but there are still challenges the Father Judge squad has faced this year even when they perform at a high rate early on. It has been an interesting balance for Father Judge to strike. On one hand, Father Judge has often set the tone by scoring early, but maintaining those leads has been another story this season.

“Coming out on a hot start is good for the confidence but we have had situations against O’Hara and other teams this year where we jump out to that big lead but then we cannot keep it,” Johnson said. “It’s more important to stay consistent throughout the entire game.”

“We’re thrilled with the result, but we told the team in the locker room it did not mean anything,” Johnson said. “We did not want to look past tonight, but Monday is where it is going to count so be ready for that.”

Father Judge and Cardinal O’Hara’s ICSHL-PCL Semifinal match-up Sends Crusaders to Championship

By: Jeremy Goode

The Father Judge Crusader’s defense stepped up in more than one way in their PCL semi-final matchup with Cardinal O’Hara a few days later on Feb. 27. Besides holding O’Hara to four goals in 53 minutes of action, defensemen and senior captain Gavin Ammlung was responsible for the tying and winning goal in overtime for the Crusaders, giving Father Judge a 5-4 win in OT to head to the PCL championship game.

“This crew has been together since freshman year,” Ammlung said. “We all carry that weight on our shoulders that we should have won the last two years, so we have to go on top senior year.”

After an 11-4 laugher the week prior, Father Judge knew that they were going to see one of O’Hara’s stronger performances of the season. It was the playoffs, and O’Hara had an underdog mentality as the lower seed in the semi-final match-up, especially going against the number one seeded Crusaders.

O’Hara may as well could have taken their game with Father Judge the week before personally. During the first few minutes of the game, they controlled possession and had the puck on Father Judge’s side of the ice in front of their net for a majority of the time. They were skating quicker and looked much more physical than a week before.

Judge senior captain Gavin Ammlung talks about his game-winning goal and the "Brotherhood" of Father Judge ice hockey - PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

Father Judge was able to pick up the pace seven minutes into the contest, as Mike Fontaine, Matthew Devine, and Colin Walsh were able to get strong shots on net. It was not until a shot on net for Father Judge that left a flurry of sticks battling in front of the net, where Anthony Casper was able to poke the puck through, giving Father Judge a 1-0 lead with 7:21 left in the first period.

The remaining seven minutes of the period saw both teams in unfamiliar waters. O’Hara scored an equalizer three minutes later off the stick of Luke Melito, and to the surprise of an extremely defensive period, Patrick Roney tipped in another goal at 2:18, where they would go into the first break up 2-1.

“We were just a little complacent,” Father Judge head coach Steve Meade said. “We just sat back waited for things to happen and sunk into the game and ultimately were not ready to play.”

While it seemed as though O’Hara had won the first period in more ways than one, momentum shifted in the second period. The Crusaders jumped out of the period on the offensive, getting quick, hard shots from Matthew Moser, Ammlung, and Kevin Knecht. Goalie Dave Marcellino also played strong in front of the net, keeping Father Judge in the match deflecting and saving several shots by O’Hara.

The heavy offense by Father Judge eventually led to Casper’s second goal at 9:30, tying the game at two. The goal was a spark for Father Judge to continue their offensive pursuit during the second period. The Crusaders went on a power play 22 seconds later, and were able to record four shots on net during those two minutes including one from Devon Mallon.

O’Hara eventually killed off the power play, but found themselves shorthanded again at 5:30. Moser sailed a shot over the goal; Ammlung sent one wide right. O’Hara would also kill off that power play. Father Judge would go on the disadvantage down a player at 2:41, and they would kill off the penalty but gave up a goal seconds after they were full strength with 34.8 seconds left in the second. O’Hara would go into the final period up 3-2.

“They play hard and it’s the playoffs,” Casper said. “Anything can happen… we knew they were going to bring it.”

Casper would not waste much time in the third period. With 16:21 to go in regulation, Casper recorded a hat trick; more importantly evening the game at three. The Crusaders would continue to battle on offense, earning several opportunities in the first five minutes to take the lead. Ammlung would rise to the moment, sending a long slapshot into the net at 11:13.

Anthony Casper talks about Father Judge's second period adjustments - PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

The Crusaders would continue their approach they set worth after they scored; continue to get high quality shots on net. Owen Sherwin, Casper, and Mallon would record a shot on goal. Marcellino was also tested often; sensing some desperation from O’Hara with their season on the line.

With 2:36 left in the game, O’Hara would have one more strong shot at tying the game as they went on the power play. They immediately called a timeout after the penalty in efforts to structure their offense with the advantage for most of the rest of the game. Luke Melito would answer O’Hara’s prayers, as the talented forward would get one by Marcellino with 1:16 remaining in regulation, sending the game to overtime at four all.

After being outplayed in the first period, Father Judge outplayed O’Hara for both the second and third period, which Meade feels influenced overtime.

“We knew we had more guys than them so we kind of wore them down,” Meade said. “We had to settle in and then we started to play our hockey.”

Shortly into overtime, Ammlung took the puck towards the side of the goal 10 feet away and slid one past O’Hara at 14:53, sending Father Judge to the PCL championship. While Ammlung was excited about the personal accomplishment, it meant so much to him as a teammate for this Crusader’s team.  

“[This team] is my biggest brotherhood,” Ammlung said. “I see these people every day, on the weekends, I wake up at six in the morning to go play hockey with them, I stay up till 12 at night to play hockey with them… That’s what builds this brotherhood. That’s what helps us win.”

When asked if Meade preferred winning in regulation or in the fashion that they did in overtime, he was not too concerned about the optics.

“I’ll take the win,” Meade joked. “Always take the win.”

While the game went back and forth, Meade does believe this type of game with benefit his team that consists of several seniors.

“Today was better than winning 10-0 because now you have momentum and comradery built up for the championship game,” Meade said. “We’ve been playing great hockey over the last couple of months, so really happy for them to see that puck go in and it is nice to see the seniors play another game.”

Crusaders ISCHL-PCL Journey comes to a Dramatic Close at the Hands of Salesianum in the PCL Championship

Photos/Videos: Ryan Nix

It’s been a series of dramatic endings for the Father Judge Crusaders the past two seasons. Last year, Father Judge fell to Cardinal O’Hara 1-0 in double-overtime in the ICSHL PCL championship. This year posed a similar result.

On Wednesday, March 1, Salesianum and Father Judge took the ice at the Haverford Skatium in the 2023 ICSHL-PCL Championship, which saw the Sallies prevail 4-3 in overtime to win the title.

This was the second title for Salesianum in the past three seasons, as the Sallies won the PCL title in 2021 in a 5-4 victory over Cardinal O’Hara.

In the opening period, it seemed as though Father Judge was going to have its hands full as Stanley Tuschinski and Matthew Bellopede scored back-to-back goals late in the period to give Salesianum a 2-0 lead. Colin Walsh added a goal for the Crusaders to cut the deficit 2-1 heading into the second period.

That goal from Walsh proved to be the difference maker, as the second period was dominated by Father Judge. The Crusaders took a 3-2 advantage heading into the ice cut off the sticks of Anthony Casper and Robert Cattalo.

With about 30 seconds remaining in the contest, Salesianum’s Nicholas Labuono buried any thought of Judge hoisting the ISCHL-PCL trophy in regulation – sending both teams to overtime.

After six minutes of play, Labuono once again rose to the occasion and scored the golden goal for his team to give the Sallies a 4-3 overtime victory and rights to the 2023 ICSHL-PCL title.

“This is what we worked for all year,” said Salesianum captain Christian Kinsler. “We really came together as a family and bonded with each other.”

Salesianum’s goal is now set on winning the NJDE Flyers Cup championship. The Sallies will play Washington Township on March 16 in the NJDE semifinals.

2023 ICSHL PCL CHampionship Highlights & trophy presentation - Salesianum vs. Father Judge - PSD Video by Ryan Nix

Salesianum captain Christian Kinsler was extremely proud of his team for taking home the ICSHL PCL Title - PSD Video by Ryan Nix

FLYERS CUP – AAA Highlight Game, Father Judge vs. Malvern Prep:

By: Jeremy Goode

After a heartbreaking Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) championship loss to Salesianum last week, the Father Judge Crusader’s hockey season came to an end on Monday, March 6. They were defensively overwhelmed by their Atlantic Prep Athletic Conference opponent, the Malvern Prep Friars 6-2, at Ice Line in West Chester, during the first round of the 2023 Flyers Cup.

“I think we had more to give,” Father Judge head coach Steve Meade said. “After losing the championship last week in PCLs kind of took the wind out of our sails. Had a slow start today and couldn’t recover.”

Father Judge’s slow start was expressed in several ways. Malvern Prep was able to keep the puck in Father Judge’s end for the entire first two minutes, recording five shots on net in the same time frame. On their eighth shot, Jack Sharer was able to beat Father Judge’s goalie Dave Marcellino on the side of the net, helping Malvern Prep take a 1-0 advantage, 2:26 seconds into the game.

The Crusaders would build some plays on both sides of the net after the initial setback. Kevin Knecht and Colin Walsh put hard shots on net that were ultimately saved by the Friars. Zacharie Michel stopped a Malvern Prep two on one by poking the puck from a Malvern Prep forward, ending their offensive strike. Matthew Devine also stepped up and blocked a hard slapshot heading towards goal that went over the crossbar in to the netting above the boards. Devon Mallon was able to even the tally for Judge at the 5 minute mark. Mallon was able to skate in from the blue line with the puck and shoot one upper middle through the Friars goalie.

“Started off pretty slow and the goal gave us a little more hop,” Mallon said. “It forced us to keep working harder and then we got a few power plays and capitalized on one of them.”

This series of plays even led to Father Judge going on the power play with 10:18 left in the first period. After a slow start with the extra man advantage, Anthony Casper was able to put a strong shot on net which the Friars brushed away and, to the surprise of the Crusaders, took the puck the length of the ice as Jeremy Jacobs scored a breakaway for Malvern Prep shorthanded and a 2-1 lead with 8:51 left.

“We were just gripping our sticks a little tight,” Meade said. “Malvern Prep is a fast aggressive team and they came hard. We had less time than we are used to in getting rid of the puck so we were throwing the puck rather than putting it where we are used to and being a step behind.”

Looking to hold off another score by Malvern Prep after they upped their offense and the lead was cut to one, Father Judge was unable to keep the puck away from Malvern Prep and out of their zone. After Marcellino initially stopped a shot by Malvern Prep defensemen Jack Sharer, Father Judge was unable to clear the puck, setting up Jimmy Jacobs to put in the rebound. The Friars went into the second period up 3-1.

“We were not pressing, we were letting the game come to us,” Steve Meade said.

Devon Mallon gives a special shoutout to his Father Judge seniors and says his returning players will look to continue to improve next season - PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

Father Judge senior Robert Cattalo said he left everything out on the ice and notes what he will remember most about playing hockey for Father Judge - PSD Video by Jeremy Goode

Malvern Prep needed less than three minutes in the second period to put the game away. Forty seconds into the period, the Friars had a two on one in which Gabriel Bedwell received a pass right in front of the net which found the stick of Gavin Wilson to put one through. Malvern Prep followed less than two minutes later with their fifth goal from Jimmy Jacobs, giving themselves a 5-1 lead with 14:23 remaining in the second.

Marcellino stood on his head for the next seven minutes, saving 12 shots during that time frame. He would be rewarded shortly after, as Robert Cattalo was able to score off a rebounded initial shot by Carlos Rowland. The period would end with Malvern Prep up 5-2. Marcellino continued to keep Father Judge in the game with several saves.

“We knew that they were a great team and had great players,” Cattalo said. “It didn’t show on the scoreboard, but we went in and tried our hardest; just left empty.”

In the third, Malvern Prep held onto possession, killing much of the period while also putting up several shots. To cap off the game, Friars forward Jeremy Jacobs stole the puck by their goal, skated the entire length of the rink, and put in a backhander; 6-2 Malvern Prep with 8:38 to play. 

For Mallon, the first period really influenced Father Judge’s play.

“We can’t come out that slow in the first period,” Mallon said. “We got to get those bodies out in front of the net, can’t let stupid little bounces get there, we have to win those fifty-fifty battles

Father Judge recorded 29 shots on goal, while Malvern Prep had 45. Marcellino saved 39 shots.

The loss marks the official end of the 2022-23 varsity hockey season for the Father Judge Crusaders. The team finished a respectable 18-8-1, an appearance in the Philadelphia Catholic League championship game as well as a matchup in the Flyers Cup.

“We never went into a game knowing that we were losing that game,” Cattalo said. “We knew we could beat any team that we played and could compete with them. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

For the 2022-23 Father Judge hockey team, it was about more than wins and losses, especially for Mallon, who will remember this season glowingly. When asked about what he would remember, he noted:

“Just the good times we had," said Mallon. “Through wins, losses, we always kept each other together, always struck through it together… Keep bringing each other up and having a good time with the boys on or off ice.”

When asked what Meade would take away from the season, he cracked a smile for the first part of his answer.

“Shut games down when you have a chance to,” Meade said. “I’ll remember their ability to compete and stay in every game. We never got blown out, they came back from a lot of deficits, and they also beat a lot of good teams too. All around, they just played like a good hockey team.”