Ryken goes on a heater, racks up the rings

St. Mary’s Ryken found themselves in a tough situation towards the end of the year, feeling they underperformed and found themselves in a must win season finale vs. St. Stephens to even make the playoffs. Well, they handled that with ease scoring six in the fist which led to an 8-0 win.

The Knights would take on Bishop Ireton in the semi-final of the first ever WCAC Metro Division playoffs, and would go on to win 10-6. 18 goals in 2 games? Yeah, that’s ideal. Next was their third meeting with Good Counsel. After dropping the first two, SMR got it’s revenge with a 4-2 win and first ever WCAC Hockey Championship.

SMR Seniors flexing the WCAC trophy

A week after winning the WCAC Metro Division Championship, the Knights brought home the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League “A” Division championship with a 4-2 win over Gonzaga College High School. This is the first MAPHL Championship in the history of SMR Ice Hockey.

The Knights entered the tournament as the 4th seed and defeated top seed DeMatha in the semifinal 5-4. In the championship match versus the Purple Eagles, Senior Pete Behrens had a hat trick scoring at even strength, short handed and a power play goal. Behrens also added an assist. Senior Josh Stevenson scored the other goal for SMR.

Ryken Senior Pete Behrens brought home MAPHL A Player of the Year, and was awarded 1st team All-WCAC and 1st team All-MAPHL.

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