Nick Blankenburg ’16 & Steven Morris ‘16: Dominating Anchor Bay, 8-3, in the State Quarterfinals, the Romeo varsity hockey team improved to 3-0 in the playoffs and 25-2-1 overall.
With this win over Anchor Bay, the squad clinched a spot in the Division 2 State Semi Final game at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, for the first time in school history.
Scoring for the Bulldogs, Frankie Ruffino ‘17 and Nick Blankenburg ‘16 both scored a goal apiece. Blake Gabler ‘16, Luke Kaczor ‘16, and Logan Jenuwine ‘16 all shot two pucks passed the Tars goal tender.
Goalie Nolan Kare ‘17 played the whole game except for the final two minutes of the game, allowing only one goal. Giving experience to a younger goal tender, the coaches put in Garret Ganfield ‘19, who allowed two late goals to Anchor Bay.
Kare received the win in the books, tallying his 25th victory of the year, the most for a high school hockey goalie in the state of Michigan.
Last year in the State Quarterfinal game, the Bulldogs lost to Grosse Pointe South 8-2. This year they redeemed themselves and kept proving to the state of Michigan that they are a team of destiny.
The Bulldogs are one step away from the big dance.
“Were not done yet,” Luke Kaczor ‘16 said.
Thursday the 10th, the Bulldogs face off against Forest Hills North Eastern at 7:30 P.M, a primetime game that is going to be fast paced and Live at MHSAA.TV.
Earlier this year, the Bulldogs beat Forest Hills earlier in the year 6-2. Despite the spread from the last game, Forest Hills is not a team to take lightly.
Anything can happen in playoffs.
Looking to prove to the state what kind of program they are and what kind of team they are, the boys attempt to fulfill a dream, a chance to play and win a state championship.
Opportunities do not come around like this very often, especially with the support of the whole school and community. This team has the opportunity, what are they gonna do with it?
Photo by: Chuck Pleiness