Seven Lakes concludes best hockey season in club history
The Seven Lakes hockey team won exactly one game four years ago, still ranking no better than eighth the next two years.
The club has since taken a dramatic upward turn, highlighted by a record-breaking season this year. The Spartans finished 20-2-2, claiming their first Interscholastic Hockey League regular season championship and advancing to the semifinals.
Seven Lakes almost equaled its win total from the previous four years. The Spartans were 10-8-4 a year ago, good for fourth overall during the regular season.
They were the team to catch this season, going 19-1-2 during the regular season and outscoring opponents 104-23.
Their defense was unparalleled, backed by goaltender Cailean McDonald. According to ISHL archives, the junior became only the 11th player in league history to average less than one goal per game. He allowed just 14 of 216 shots through.
Senior Trey Zanutto gave Seven Lakes two stellar options in net, stopping 91 of 101 shots with a GAA of 1.17.
Seven Lakes also boasted one of the top scoring duos in the league, with seniors Daniel Dufresne (32 goals, 8 assists) and Zack Campbell (15 goals, 23 assists) both ranking in the top five.
The Spartans received goals from 19 players, including seven from senior Connor Smith and junior Jacob Galicia. Sophomore Ethan Camin ranked second to Campbell with 11 assists, scoring six goals.
Senior Owen House (5 goals, 6 assists), junior Matt Pipe (4 goals, 7 assists) and junior defenseman Cameron Saunders (1 goal, 10 assists) all ranked near the team lead.
Seven Lakes has had an ISHL varsity-level team for a decade and has one Justice Cup Final appearance to its credit in 2012. The Spartans returned to the final four in 2013, on the strength of 56 goals from Riley Marotta, which remains a league record.
Seven Lakes finished the regular season with 40 points in the standings, eight in front of eventual champion Memorial West. The Spartans eliminated Taylor 7-1 in the quarterfinals before a 3-1 loss to No. 4 seed Cy Woods, ending an 18-game winning streak.