With 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 Cretin-Derham Hall.
How last season went
Cretin-Derham Hall has found success for decades with players such as Ryan McDonagh. The Raiders found success this year but did not turn it into a big-time run in the postseason.
Offense was the name of the name of the game for Cretin-Derham Hall. The Raiders averaged 5.52 goals per game this past season.
There was a chance to panic for Cretin-Derham Hall in the early goings of this past season. The Raiders fell to St. Thomas Academy and Eden Prairie to open the season.
Then, things picked up. They won 11 of their next 12 contests. Cretin-Derham Hall posted wins against Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Blaine and White Bear Lake during the regular season and finished with a 19-4-1 record and won the Suburban East Conference crown with a 16-2 conference record.
In a tough section 6AA that was flipped on its head with the struggles of Edina, the Raiders had the No. 3 seed. In the quarterfinals, they eased their way through with a 6-3 win in the quarterfinals against St. Louis Park. Then, Cretin-Derham Hall took a tough pill as the Raiders fell 2-1 in the semifinals to the Red Knights.
Who’s back and who’s gone
The Raiders went into last season relying upon some senior guns. That included Matthew Glesason (36 goals, 42 assists) and Jack Nei (25G, 25A). Those two have graduated and moved on from the program.
There is good news: Cretin-Derham Hall has some quality returners. That includes Drew Fisher (19G, 27A), Jake Sondreal (11G, 21A) and (4G, 17A).
In net, Marko Belak is set to return after posting a .907 save percentage during the 2019-20 season.
What to expect next season
The Raiders have some things to like about their squad headed into next season. The problem is that Section 6AA is tough, even if Edina has a down year like last season. Cretin-Derham Hall has its work cut out for itself, especially when the Raiders reside in their current section.