As Bear Hockey season comes to a close after their loss to Father Ryan Fighting Irish last Monday during double elimination playoffs, the Bears celebrate a regular season of 17 wins and four losses, including a 16-game winning streak.
"It took lot of hard work," explained Bear Shaun Coffrey about this past season, "a really good coach, and a lot of dedication - also good leadership from the captains to get this winning streak."
Entering the playoffs, they held a loss against Summit (4-3) at home followed by a home-game win against Ravenwood (5-4).
On Feb. 10 Father Ryan visited the Bears, ending their season after a score of 4-2.
"They have a really good goalie," said Coffrey about the Fighting Irish. "Next season they are losing a lot of their important players where we are only losing 4 strong seniors. Next season, we will be able to win."
The Bears suffered a first-period score by Father Ryan's #47 Brenden Huff.
Joseph Simonik, Bear #19, tied the game by scoring roughly eight minutes into the third period. This was quickly countered by both Fighting Irish Peter Faulkner and Brenden Huff, resuming the Father Ryan lead.
In the final four minutes, Bear Jake Panter scored on a power play, a result of Fighting Irish #29 William Perryman's second and third penalties of Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Cross-Checking.
Fighting Irish Daniel Albanese scored with only two minutes left in the third period, resulting in the final score of 4-2, Fighting Irish.
When asked about how next season will look, Coffrey said, "We know that we have the talent to do it, we know that we have our team mates and the skill as a team. We know that we have the best coach and the best mindset. We have a younger team, so we can build on that. Hopefully next season will be 21-0 and not 17-4 if we keep focused."