BU hockey’s season ended Saturday when they went down to St. Clair Shores 3-2.They were playing catch up the whole game, giving up three goals in the first period.
“We let up two quick goals and could never catch up. It came down to the last couple minutes but we didn’t finish ahead,” senior captain Kevin Wilberding said. “It was really hard for all the seniors being the last game but we look back at a great season.”
Though the team lost in Regionals Wilberding maintains the season was a success.
“The season started off real slow, but we got it together as a team and went on a ten game unbeaten streak which really helped for the playoffs. It didn’t end up how we but we played well all year and had a great time.”
In front of possibly the largest crowd that the Birmingham Ice Arena has ever seen, BU hockey blew through Troy Athens 6-2 to claim a district title.
“We had a good game [last time], but BU is the better team and brought it today,” Troy Athens head coach Joe Barone said after the game.
The period ended in a 1-1 tie and it seemed as if the game would be a close battle.
However, the game quickly broke open in the 2nd period, starting with a goal from Groves senior Chris Donnellon.
That was followed by junior JD Hess’ deflection goal to give BU a two goal lead.
Donellon added another goal and senior Kevin Wilberding had a snipe before the period was over and BU went into the locker room holding a 5-2 lead.
Things start getting interesting in the third period as senior Jake Martin had a clean hit and laid an Athens player out.
Some of the Athens players took it personally and went after Martin.
One player got Martin with a cross check to the back.
Unfortunately for him it was right in front of one of the referees and he was given a 2:00 minor.
Clearly disagreeing with the call, the Athens player started to argue with the referee and eventually found himself ejected with a game suspension.
Martin end up with the last laugh as he had the lone goal of the third period to make the final score 6-2 in favor of BU.
“Nothing felt better than winning in front of the home crowd,” said Martin.