Two years after winning the Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association B Division Championship, Delaware Military Academy completed their transition to A Division in style.
Led by a hat trick by junior Nate Gemmato and two more goals from senior Tyler Golembrosky, the Seahawks upended 2011 champion A.I. DuPont 6-3 Friday night at the Pond in Newark to win the DSHA A Division crown, making it their second state title in three years.
“It feels great because A.I. was the team to beat last year,” said Gemmato, who was also named the game’s most valuable player. ”They‘re a great team and we didn‘t want to take them lightly.”
“We knew that if we play our game, no one could beat us,” said Golembrosky.
The Seahawks, who finished the 2011-12 season 15-2-1, got goals from Golembrosky and Nick Burns to take a 2-1 lead after one period.
In the second period, it was Gemmato’s turn, as he scored two goals to help DMA take a 5-1 lead after three periods. Gemmato would cap the hat trick with a breakaway goal almost four minutes into the third.
“They’re a very good offensive team with a lot of talented players,” A.I. DuPont coach Brian Troup said. “They took advantage of their opportunities and we couldn’t take advantage of ours.”
Troup was still pleased with the way his team performed after winning the A Division state title a year ago.
“There was a target on our back and for us to get back to this point, I’m very proud of our guys,” he said. “We just have to work even harder to get back here next year.”
The Tigers, who finished their season 13-4-1, got two goals from John Biscardi and another from Devyn Shutak.
The Seahawks meanwhile are building something special on the ice and it starts with teamwork according to head coach Joe D’Angelo.
“We win and lose as a team. We’re not a one-dimensional team, so you can’t stop just one player on our team,” he said, noting that the Seahawks are the first team to go from B Division champions to A Division champions in DSHA history.
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