Mount St. Joseph ends Spalding’s reign in MIAA A hockey
2019-20 MIAA A CONFERENCE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH GAELS
by Tom Hayden
Special to VSN
During the regular season, Archbishop Spalding High and Mount St. Joseph hockey teams twice played to a tie. There wouldn’t be another deadlock in the MIAA A Conference championship game Thursday evening, and the Gaels left little doubt.
Mount St. Joseph posted a 3-0 victory over the Cavaliers in front of a standing room only audience at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. Scott Cremen tallied twice for the Gaels (11-4-3 overall), and junior Ryan Trott added a goal.
The Irvington school scored one goal in each of the three periods and junior goalie Jake Williams proved to be a riddle the Cavaliers were never able to solve as the Gaels claimed their first league championship since the 2016-17 campaign. Mount St. Joseph now has a MIAA-record 12 titles.
The road to No. 12 started just past the midway point of the opening period when Trott scored. fi Cremen, a junior, made it 2-0 with 1 minute, 35 seconds remaining in the second period and virtually sealed it with his second goal with 11:24 left in the game.
“Scott is not just a great defender, but he can also score,” said Williams, who plays travel hockey for the Washington Little Capitals 16-under squad. “Our defense is definitely the best in the league. Those guys are great. Then you have guys like Scott who can also score. That’s a tremendous bonus to have someone like that on your team. That last 40 seconds was the longest 40 seconds of my life.”
Spalding (8-10-6) arrived as the two-time defending MIAA A Conference tournament champions and the Cavaliers and Gaels had played to a pair of ties, 0-0 and 1-1, respectively, in league meetings this winter. Neither team could generate much of an attack in the title match Thursday until Trott’s tally with 6:13 remaining in the opening period.
Cremen made it 2-0 late in the second quarter for the Gaels, who failed to convert an extra-man in the early minutes of the third period. Roughly three minutes later, Cremen notched his second goal.
Mount St. Joseph went undefeated (5-0-2) in league play this season.
“These guys did such an amazing job all season,” said Mt. St. Joe’s coach Mike Marley. “Our seven seniors did a great job proving the leadership all season. Then tonight Jake was just outstanding in goal. We did a good job of getting the puck in the their zone and keeping it in and we got a number of good scoring chances. Their goalie [Colin Berke] played an outstanding game as well.”
Spalding had several chances to score on the power play and owned a two-man advantage for the last 40 seconds in regulation. But Williams turned them away to preserve the shutout victory.
“Jake was outstanding for them,” said Spalding coach Rob Trantin, whose team could meet again in the Mid-Atlantic Prep tourney next week. “We played three games against them this year and he held us to a total of one goal. Our seniors were outstanding. Those guys really helped establish the success of the program three years ago when they were sophomores. They won two titles and had the chance to play for a third one tonight. Because of them, now we have 60 guys in the program. Tonight, Mt. St. Joe’s was just a little bit better than we were.”