I said it all year, the Ravenwood Raptors were the team to beat in GNASH. They proved it Monday night, beating Montgomery Bell Academy 3-1 to win the Preds Cup at Ford Ice Center in Hickory Hollow.
— Dylan Moulton (@dmoulton17) March 8, 2016
Ravenwood shot out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and after two led 3-0. At the start of the third period it was clear with the Raptor defense playing so well, led by Morgan Wang, Dylan Moulton Christian Keczmer and Clay Lamb, that MBA wasn’t coming back.
Big Red scored a consolation goal with less than 3 minutes left in the game
In this writer’s humble opinion, the Preds Cup most valuable player had to be Ravenwood goalie Ito Thomas. He had at least three huge saves, and for all of the game that mattered on Monday night he pitched a shut out. He was a wall, much like he has been all year- averaging 1.66 goals against in the regular season and 1.41 in the playoffs.
Jake Walker, who entered the night tied for the team lead in postseason points, scored the Raptors final goal of the season.
The win makes Ravenwood the first-ever four time Preds Cup champion.
GNASH still has its all-star game at Ford Ice on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and its Senior Game on Friday at 6 p.m. also at Ford.
🏒🏆💍 champs pic.twitter.com/U5ImDQURW4
— Jake Walker (@JakeWalker_57) March 8, 2016
How the Raptors Got Here
Last week in the semifinals Ravenwood beat Father Ryan to get in the championship game.
Ravenwood def. Father Ryan 8-1
Date: Wednesday March 02, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Dylan Moulton started things off for the Raptors, scoring the first goal of the game. Defenseman Morgan Wang put Ravenwood up again and for good in the second period, in which they scored six goals. Moulton hit net again on a back-hand shot, followed by Jake Walker with a slap. Trey Prefanis scored in the second, and again in the third with the last goal of the game. Matt Downey and Colin Hedge also scored goals in the second period.
Franklin 0 @ Pope John Paul II 3
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Date: Monday February 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
PPJII beat Franklin in a shut out. Clay Nieman had a goal and an assist for PPJII. Ryan Staggs also had a goal and an assist.
Station Camp – Beech 2 @ Independence – Summit 3
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Date: Monday February 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Trenton Stewart had two assist and a goal while and Conner Linkowski had a goal and an assist. In overtime, Stewart assisted Hunter Cherry on the winning goal.
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