Seeded eighth in the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League after a slow start, DeMatha went into the postseason as an underdog and came out as a champion.
Led by captain Jeremy Wilson, the Stags developed just in time, notching two shutout wins to reach Monday’s title game against Georgetown Prep, which they beat soundly, 5-2, at the Washington Capitals’ practice rink in Arlington.
“It was really tough and really hard to get people motivated once we had such a rough start to the season, but when it got to playoffs I told everyone that the regular season doesn’t matter,” said Wilson, a senior forward who scored twice in a decisive second period. “When it gets to winning a playoff game, if everyone goes all out and everyone wins their battles, we can win every single game if we try — and we did.”
After a scoreless first period, DeMatha struck first in a busy second when Christian Gamez received a cross-ice pass from Ryan Trindade and connected from the blue line. Georgetown Prep’s Walker Johnston then equalized on a power play off a pass from forward Conner McCarthy.