Servite Hockey defeated the Capistrano Coyotes 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Great Park Ice to win the 2020 ADHSHL Commissioners Cup!
The no. 9 seed in the tournament, the Friars had a cinderella story run to the championship topping the 6, 3, 2 and 1 seeds to become the lowest seed in league history to take home the title!
Senior captain Sean Oliu shared his excitement after the game stating in part, "It’s hard to put into words what this means to me. I’ve been playing this game since I was four years old. Playing along side my teammates who have worked so hard to get to this point, some of us six years in the making, has been truly a blessing. Representing our school and faith on and off the ice has been a dream come true."
He went onto say, "Thank you to all my coaches and teammates for trusting me to captain this team. It’s been an honor. This is brotherhood!"
Servite took the lead early in the first period as Cyprien Peacock scored at 2:16. A well-played defensive second period kept both teams off the board and set up a fight to the finish heading to the third. The Friars then extended their lead at 13:39 to clinch the victory as Dean Praet netted a goal on the power play off the assist from Hunter Boyd and Landon Patz. Goalkeeper Aidan Maltby recorded the shutout for Servite saving all 30 shots on goal.
Head Coach Mike Marshall said, "We set a goal to play 40 games. It was our 40th game. It's the 40th anniversary of the Miracle game, 9th seed finishes the playoffs as the #1! They asked me about our record and how we pulled it off, I told them straight, everyone's record is 0-0 to start the playoffs and we before me!"
He concluded, "Formation teaches primacy of faith, mastery of self, necessity of the others and centrality of Christ. I believe they lived it!"
Previously, the Friars topped Carlsbad 3-1, Orange Lutheran 5-1 and Villa Park 3-1 to earn a spot in the championship game.