With most sports on hold and the 2020-21 season still months out, it’s time to take a look at teams from all over the State of Hockey and examine what happened this past season and what’s ahead. The next team we’re breaking down is Holy Angels.
How last season went
The Stars got the 2019-20 season going in the best way possible as they won their first six games of the season. From there, the ride was a bit more bumpy. At one point during the regular season, Holy Angels went on a run of four consecutive wins then four consecutive losses followed by another four-game win streak. While there was some inconsistency, the Stars finished with a respectable 17-8 regular season record.
As an independent team playing in Section 6AA, the Stars’ were given the tough task of going up against Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the quarterfinals. The two teams ratcheted up the offense, but the Red Knights came away with a 6-4 win and Holy Angels headed home as its season was officially over.
Who’s back and who’s gone
The Stars’ offense was a major catalyst in the team’s success. Unfortunately for Holy Angels’ 2020-21 team, most of that offensive firepower is graduating. That includes, who moves on after a 54-point season (18 goals, 36 assists). Caeden Phelps and Stevan Blauert also depart after combining for 33 goals and 44 assists.
The two biggest returners for the Stars include Noah Griswold and Matthew Syverson. Griswold returns after registering 52 points last season (19G, 33A). Syverson is set to return as the Holy Angels netminder after posting a 2.83 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
What to expect next season
There are a number of gaps the Stars will have to fill due to graduation. The challenge on top of that is making headway in a section that has annually featured multiple teams in the top 10 of the Class 2A coaches’ poll.