Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Waterloo forward Conner Hyde takes a shot on Regis Jesuit goalie Sam Harden during second period action. The Regis Jesuit (Colo) Raiders won the 2012 USA High School Hockey Championship with a 4-3 victory over the Waterloo (Iowa) Warriors, Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Prep hockey: Regis Jesuit comes back for national title in Salt Lake City
Prep hockey » Captain’s hat trick leads Regis Jesuit over Iowa’s Waterloo.
First Published Mar 25 2012 05:46 pm • Last Updated Mar 26 2012 10:05 am

Only six minutes into the finals, Regis Jesuit had gotten blitzed for two goals. In a hole and without their regular coaches on the sidelines, the Raiders needed a special run.

Regis Jesuit (Colo.) found its groove, scoring four straight goals and holding on at the end for a 4-3 victory against Waterloo (Iowa) for the program’s first-ever national championship at the USA Hockey High School finals Sunday morning at the Salt Lake Sports Complex.

At a glance

Storylines Regis Jesuit wins high school hockey nationals

The Raiders come back from a 2-0 deficit with four straight goals.

» Ryan Wagner scores a hat trick to lead Regis Jesuit.

» The Raiders hold Waterloo to only one goal in the final 45 minutes.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Junior forward and captain Ryan Wagner led the team with a hat trick, including the final goal that eventually proved to be the game-winner. But Wagner was quick to give his teammates credit for the comeback.

"We started out OK — we just gave them a head start," he said. "We had a really good effort. It was my teammates who did most of the work — I just finished it off."

The Raiders took out the Warriors with a fast, flying attack. Speed helped Regis Jesuit quickly turn the tables as Waterloo seemed to back down after its early aggression.

Penalties also played a big role: The Warriors had eight penalties, contributing to two of Regis Jesuit’s power-play goals. Although neither team scored in the third period, Waterloo struggled to attack the Raiders’ goal particularly because of its numerous short-handed stints.

For its part, Regis Jesuit remained vigilant on defense after a poor start. Sam Harden made 20 saves in the game, allowing Wagner and Brian Burlage to take the lead on a flurry of scores. Although they surrendered one goal in the second period, the Raiders held on in the end, even in the final minute when the Warriors yanked their goalie to put in another attacker.

Regis Jesuit also had to deal with a Colorado state code forbidding the team’s regular-season coaches from interacting with players on Sundays. Club coaches Jason Monk and Terry Ott were on hand to guide the Raiders.

Meanwhile, coach Dan Woodley, dressed in street clothes instead of his customary red jacket and tie, was confined to a corner of the general seating, watching and shouting at his team from afar.

The win was bittersweet because Woodley couldn’t join Regis Jesuit on the ice to celebrate, but he was all smiles anyway after the game.


story continues below
story continues below

"It’s so much harder to not be able to do anything at all, and time does not fly," Woodley said. "But these guys are winners. We just gave them a message, and they were able to handle it. I feel very proud."

kgoon@sltrib.com Twitter: @kylegoon



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.