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East sweeps Lakota West to capture Division 2 crown.
By Steven Matthews
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The Thunderhawks finished with an impressive 19-1 record and captured the Division 2 championship by sweeping Lakota West in a best-of-three series.
"Going into it, I knew we'd have a good season," East coach Al Ganim said. "I never dreamt it would be this good."
East had 12 players on the roster.
"We improved the whole season," Ganim said. "The kids were great kids. Each game was exciting. The beginning of the season to the end, we just marched on."
Thunderhawks won four games in the playoffs en route to the crown, beating
East's offensive players were Corey Kadash (35 goals, 23 assists), Collin Pearce (16, 8), Rob Ganim (14, 2), Wes Hannig (7, 6), J.J. Myron (8, 2) and Denver Lilly (5, 2).
The defensive standouts were Kyle Ross (34, 16), Logan Schneider (25, 13), Clayton Keller (3, 4) and Jesse Brown (12, 5).
Anthony Molfetta (237 saves, 85.9 save percentage) was the team's goalie, while Matt Thornley played one game in the net.
players — Kadash, Schneider, Ross and
"It means a lot to them," Ganim said. "They have a lot of school pride. It's a big honor for them to be there."
Ganim was assisted by Jim Hall and Mark Luft.
"Our goal is to get them ready for varsity," Ganim said. "Teach them the same things the varsity kids are learning. Sometimes they'd even stay over and practice with the varsity.