The setting could have not been more appropriate for the Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association’s Flight B championship on Feb. 25. Delaware Military Academy faced defending champion Hodgson Vo-Tech, which had dashed the Seahawks’ hopes of winning their first title last year.
The setting could have not been more appropriate for the Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association’s Flight B championship on Feb. 25.
Delaware Military Academy faced defending champion Hodgson Vo-Tech, which had dashed the Seahawks’ hopes of winning their first title last year.
This year, the Seahawks had a mission to play more calmly, setting aside nerves, and to eliminate the internal strife that frustrated DMA in last year’s championship.
“Last year, getting mad at each other was a big problem in the championship game,” sophomore Tyler Golembrosky said. “We got frustrated with each other and couldn’t pull ourselves back up.”
Sticking together this year, the Seahawks earned an 8-6 victory over the Silver Eagles to finish the year at 19-0 - earning the school's.
“Even the freshmen who were not there last year, who were a key part of the team, felt it too. They felt our pain,” said Golembrosky, of Newark, who scored 2 goals and notched 1 assist in the championship.
DMA hockey scoring leaders for the 2009-2010 Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association playoffs
Goals, assists and points over 3 games
Tyler Golembrosky 9 3 12
Kenny Kearns 4 6 10
Steven Higgins 4 4 8
Nate Gemmato 4 3 7
Robert Thorton 3 1 4
Anthony D’Angelo 1 2 3
Dylan Baist-Bliss 0 3 3
“Last year we all had the big nerves of making it to the championship,” said junior captain Kenny Kearns, of Newark. “We communicated with our line mates.”
It also helped that the Seahawks believed the pressure was on Hodgson to repeat, not themselves, said senior Dylan Baist-Bliss, of Middletown.
“We were the underdogs,” said Baist-Bliss, who had 1 assist in the game.
Hodgson tied the game at 3 during the second period, but the Seahawks, led by coach Joe D’Angelo, went on a 3-0 run to take a commanding 6-3 lead into the third period began.
The Silver Eagles notched two goals in the last three minutes of the game to make the game appear closer than it was.
“I don’t think anyone was worried,” Kearns said. “We pretty much had it.”
Since the championship, which came on the heels of a boys relay swim team winning an individual state championship, Delaware Military Academy has been in a festive mood.
“It’s a big deal,” Kearns said. “We’re the first [Seahawks] team to win a state championship and go undefeated doing it.”
And this is just the beginning for a school that is relatively young, Baist-Bliss said. (DMA opened its doors in the fall of 2003.)
“This isn’t going to be the only championship that any team wins,” he said. “This is the beginning of our school and it’s the beginning of our sports, I think.”
The Red Clay charter school honored the ice hockey team during a ceremony scheduled for Thursday, March 4, Superintendent Col. Jack Wintermantel said.
“We’re at that level now,” he said. “We’re still a new school so we’re still the small fish in the big pond. So to get any kind of good, competitive sport is tough. It’s a start.”