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.
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.
The Generals have a chance to make history Monday evening in their game against Northview in the OHSAA Sylvania District Quarterfinal game. Anthony Wayne has never won a 2nd-round game nor beaten a team from the Red division in the state tournament.
There was a 4-year run when AW faced a Red team in the quarterfinals:
2013: 5-1 loss to Bowling Green
2012: 7-0 loss to St. Francis
2011: 11-3 loss to Northview
2010: 12-2 loss to St. Francis
Based on our research, the only time a White division team has beaten a Red division team in the quarterfinals was when Perrysburg defeated Bowling Green in 2008 (after a victory over Findlay in the first round).
The Generals’ best chance to defeat a Red team in the districts was in 2009, when AW lost to Findlay 6-3 in the opening round after beating them in a tournament earlier in the season.
In addition to 2011, Anthony Wayne has played Northview one other time in the districts: a 10-0 loss in 2004 (in first-round play).
With the 5-2 win over Perrysburg on Thursday, the Generals have won a district game in 7 of the past 18 years, for a record of 7-18.
The Anthony Wayne hockey team completed its near-perfect 2016-17 regular season with an 11-0 record in NHC play (1st place in the White National division), a 22-1 overall record, and a 21-game winning streak entering the playoffs.
The Generals only loss came in the 2nd game of the season at the Dublin Chiller Thanksgiving Classic. They rebounded to finish 3rd in that tournament. They won all 5 games in their other tournament in January.
AW dominated most of their NHC opponents, outscoring them 79 to 16 in league play. The two games against Clay were the closest matches, with the Generals needing an empty-net goal to win 3-1 in both cases.
Special teams were an important part of the Generals’ success, averaging over 30% on the power play and killing over 90% of their penalties.
The senior class scored over half of the team’s goals and 7 different freshmen combined to score about 1/3 of the goals.
Individually, senior Trevor Pennell was simply amazing, averaging 3 goals and an assist per game. In 20 games, he scored 64 times, 15 on the power play and 11 short-handed. Freshman Drew Seals and senior Mitch Graver were the other top goal scorers. Junior Zach Owens had the most points among defensemen and junior Brad Hood tied for the most overall assists. Sophomore Sam Thomas saw the most time in net, earning 17 wins overall (4 of them shutouts). In league play, he averaged less than 1.5 goals allowed and saved more than 90% of the shots he faced.
Next up are the OHSAA District and NHC White division tournaments. Check out the brackets below to chart our playoff journeys.
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