Head coach Jason Getz reports…
After much uncertainty due to COVID-19, and even a full-team quarantine, the Ravens hockey team returned to the ice this winter to play a shortened 16-game season. All play was restricted to within divisions, which meant we were unable to schedule games against familiar Challenge Cup opponents. After graduating seven seniors from last year, our two biggest questions heading into the season were what kind of goaltending we would get and where the offense would come from. Despite not having a single AAA player on the roster, we were very proud to finish the year on top of the division with an 11-2-3 record. We averaged 5 goals per game (73 in total) against 2 goals given up per game (30 in total).
We won our division for a fourth consecutive year, but we missed our goal of returning to the Challenge Cup. However, we were, surprisingly, crowned the number one seed in the Wickenheiser Cup Tournament! The team continued our dominant play through the round robin part of the postseason, winning all three games and outscoring our opponents by a margin of 6 to 2. In addition, the team overcame adversity from the league when an officiating mistake near the conclusion of our playoff game against John Burroughs resulted in having to replay the final 6 minutes and 16 seconds nearly five days after the game originally finished. The result was the same, a 3 to 1 victory for Priory. However, our season came to an end in the quarterfinals against defending Wickenheiser champions Duchesne. Their goaltending was just too dominant.
This year’s seven graduating seniors have been to three Challenge Cups, advancing to the quarterfinals in two of those years and losing to the eventual cup winners each year. They are four-time central division champions and earned the number one overall seed in the Wickenheiser tournament. They have reestablished Priory as a competitive hockey school, and their contributions will be missed but will live on with the quality of the players going forward.