Regis Jesuit hockey beats Valor Christian to win state sitle, cap off perfect season

With a 2-0 victory over Valor Christian, Regis Jesuit capped off a perfect season with a state championship--the 5th title in program history.

Not a single school could beat the Regis hockey team this season, and that didn't change at the Pepsi Center Tuesday night.

With a 2-0 victory over Valor Christian, Regis Jesuit capped off a perfect season with the school's fifth state championship in program history.

"We feel accomplished, and satisfied, almost," Regis senior Connor Kilkenny said.

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One would hope. The Raiders (23-0) just completed one of the most impressive seasons in the history of Colorado hockey--outscoring opponents this year by a total margin of 157 to 19. So, yes, hopefully this season has been somewhat satisfying.

"It feels great," junior Kale Lone said. "It's an unbelievable experience, and there's nothing like it. Time just stops. You don't even know what's happening."

While the two teams were scoreless for a better part of the first period, Connor Kilkenny got the Raiders on the board first with a breakaway, short-handed goal with just under 5 minutes to go.

Kale Lone gave Regis a bit of a cushion when he added another goal in the second period on a wrist shot from the left wing.

That was more than senior goalie Max Harlan would need in net, preserving the shutout all the way until the final buzzer sounded, and the Raiders celebrated on center ice in front of their packed crowd.

"The fan section is what makes our team," Lone said. "Their noise, their passion for supporting us is what drives us. I give huge thanks to them, and they're a big reason why we won tonight."

While Regis out shot Valor the whole night, goals weren't exactly easy to come by. Eagles goaltender Trey Hirschfield was sensational all game, keeping his team alive until the very end.

With the loss, Valor--which was playing without its leading scorer Luke Wheeler (who suffered an injury in the semifinals)--finished the year 20-3 overall. Two of those losses came against the Raiders.

It was clear from start to finish in 2017-18 who the best hockey team was in Colorado. Since its last loss to Monarch in the championship game of the previous year, Regis looked practically unbeatable.

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As the Raiders skated around the Pepsi Center ice with a state championship trophy and a perfect 23-0 record, that became more clear than ever.