The Anthony Wayne Generals hockey team just completed what may have been their best season ever!

This is a recap of the team accomplishments and announcement of the league individual awards. Team awards will be announced at the banquet on March 21st.

Team Accomplishments

  • NHC White Division playoff champions (first since 2011)
  • First place and undefeated (11-0) in regular season league play, outscoring opponents 79-16
  • 26-2 overall record, with a 23-game winning streak
  • Best performance by AW in the Ohio Sectional tournament: did not make history by beating Northview, but did better in the quarterfinals than any Generals team has done previously
  • Champions of the Cleveland Cup 18U tournament (5-0 record)
  • Best finish ever in the Dublin Chiller Thanksgiving Classic: the 3rd place win was over the Olentangy Braves, who finished at the top of their division in the Capital Hockey Conference and won 2 games in the Columbus District playoffs
  • Spectacular penalty-killing: the Generals allowed only 10 power play goals all season (in 121 chances), while scoring 17 short-handed goals
  • 23 players on the roster: other schools are having a hard time fielding a team, but the Anthony Wayne hockey program is growing!

Individual Accomplishments: League awards

Several Generals earned recognition by the Northwest Hockey Conference coaches as the best of the National Division.

  • Trevor Pennell, 1st Team & Player of the Year. Trevor dominated play and put up mind-boggling numbers, averaging 3 goals and 1 assist per game over the course of the season. His 78 goals and 104 points are likely AW records for a season. He was one of the key reasons for AW’s stellar special teams play, with 19 power play goals and 11 short-handed tallies overall. Matt Crandall of BCSN says he may have been the best player in the entire NHC (including the Red Division) this season.
  • Zach Owens, 1st Team. Zach was the team’s top scoring defenseman (10 goals and 21 assists), known for his physical play and smooth skating that let him be a force at both ends of the ice.
  • Charlie Loeffler, Honorable Mention. As Captain, Charlie was a steadying force on defense who would jump into the play when needed. He scored 8 goals and added 10 assists on the season, but his contributions of leadership do not show up on the scoresheet.
  • Drew Seals, Honorable Mention. Drew was one of the top-scoring freshman in the league and the 2nd-leading scorer for the Generals. He averaged a goal and an assist per game in league play and overall (29 goals, 21 assists).
  • Brad Hood, Honorable Mention. Brad was a solid two-way center, often matched up against the opponent’s top line and called on to take key face-offs. He finished the season with 11 goals and 22 assists, with 8 of those points coming in the playoffs.
  • Mitch Graver, Honorable Mention. Mitch was one of the team’s top goal-scorers, netting 11 in 11 league games and adding 5 more in the playoffs, while on a line with Hood, pitted against the opponent’s top offensive threats.
  • Louis Pawliski, Comeback Player of the Year. Louis had high expectations for his senior year, but a knee injury suffered in the 2nd scrimmage changed that. Instead, Louie had to battle back from surgery just to return to the ice for the last 4 regular season games and the playoffs. He completed his comeback by scoring the last goal of the season for the Generals.
  • Stephen Boehme, Coach of the Year. Stephen guided the team to its best record ever and juggled a large roster of players to earn coach of the year for the second time in a row. He was co-coach of the year last season, a tribute to his work before being deployed overseas.

Also, several players were winners of the BCSN Ice Check 3-star fan voting: Drew Seals for his early season performance, Sam Thomas as White Division goalie of the year, and Trevor Pennell as White Division player of the year.