The Ice Cat peewee team joined the ever-growing list of Douglas teams earning state championships this weekend. The 11-12-year-old hockey players went undefeated over the weekend in Sheridan to win the state championship cup.
They finished the season with the most wins, 17-2-1 on the regular season. Both losses were to Laramie on the road, and the tie was also to Laramie at home. The Ice Cats also had one win against the formidable Laramie team on their home ice.
So it was no surprise when the Ice Cats faced Laramie in the championship game in Sheridan Sunday.
The contentious battle of the two best teams ended when Douglas went on a scoring spree in the third period beating Laramie 7-3 for the cup.
“It was really a phenomenal season,” coach Chad Forsman said Monday.
The boys started the weekend with a late game against Gillette that was a back and forth fight to the end with Douglas leading at the final buzzer 7-6.
Saturday pit Douglas against Park County which the Ice Cats held to only two points, but landed nine goals of their own. They took an early commanding lead after Rys Roark scored in the first seven seconds of the game.
This isn’t a surprise for Douglas as they ended the season as the highest scoring team in the league. They also allowed the least amount of goals.
They owned the ice on both ends of the rink.
“Preston Hytrek led the league with 60 goals in the season,” Forsman said. “Rys Roark was the league assist leader with 22 assists.”
Olyn Forsman finished close behind with 21 assists.
“During the regular season we had five of top eight scorers,” Forsman said with pride.
Ice Cats goalie Layne Hubert ended the season as the second best goalie in the league.
Douglas’ talent on the ice has been undeniable this year. With these younger players coming up through ranks it appears the Ice Cats will continue to finish near the top.