Entering the 22nd Annual High School Holiday Hockey Classic, the Stevenson Patriots (No. 7) haven't had a winning start in five years. This year the tables have turned after defeating Brother Rice 5-0 Saturday Dec. 26 and upsetting No. 3 Glenbrook North 1-0 Sunday, Dec. 27.
"Being able to play varsity this year is a blessing," said forward Daniel Wolfe, who scored the game-winner vs. Glenbrook North. "We've been up and down this year and now we're starting to [level off] and it's just great to be a part of this team and win some games."
Stevenson has shown some significant strength between the pipes in the tournament, with goaltender Nick Cirmarusti and Josh Pike each recording a shutout.
"This is huge," said Pike. "I know the seniors want to win this so bad so I'm playing for them. It's just a great experience."
Heading into the game against Brother Rice, both teams were almost identical in stats in their leagues but Stevenson head coach Jim Wood said the numbers do not matter.
"We knew we were going to have our hands full," he said. "But it goes to show you how good our league is and how strong the SHL is."
Next in line for the Patriots will be CBC at 6:30p.