The Douglas PeeWee hockey team won four more games this past weekend to finish the season 18-2 and in sole possession of first place in the Wyoming B Division.
The IceCats began the weekend with two wins over Sheridan and concluded with another two wins over Riverton to cap off the regular season on a six-game winning streak. The PeeWees’ only two losses of the season came to Casper on Jan. 27 and Park County Feb. 2.
“It’s been awesome,” Daniel Madia said about the season following a 6-2 win over Riverton Saturday night.
“I thought we were going to be pretty successful and the whole team came into the season pretty confident.”
Douglas rolled through the first two months of play, winning its first 12 games of the season by a margin of 65-19.
When the IceCats traveled to Casper Jan. 27 and suffered their first loss, they just narrowly trailed the Oilers for first place. Five days later, Douglas returned home to face Park County and found the net just once in a 3-1 loss.
Madia said he and his teammates have thoroughly enjoyed the season, but have also learned some things along the way.
“Before the season we didn’t pass very good,” he said. “We struggled for a long time. We’ve been doing really good with that this season and we’ve had a lot better teamwork.”
In Saturday night’s 6-2 win over Riverton, leading-scorer Christopher DeLuna found the back of the net twice in the opening period to give Douglas a 2-1 lead. He scored two more goals in the second period and Madia added a goal of his own. Layne Hubert saved 23-of-25 shots for the IceCats in the victory.
The following morning in the regular season finale, DeLuna netted another three goals and Benjamin Kayser scored a goal in Douglas’ 4-1 win over the River Rats. Hubert saved 30-of-31 shots in goal.
DeLuna finishes the regular season with a team-best 44 goals to go along with 13 assists. Madia added 27 goals and 7 assists and Corbin Hubert tallied a team-high 22 assists. Layne Hubert saved 475 shots for the IceCats for a save percentage of 93.5.
Combined with their success, Madia said playing on this year’s team has been a joy and that they’re far from finished.
“I’ve really liked the different personalities,” Madia said. “It’s been fun playing with this team.”
He added: “We have a lot left in the tank, I have a lot of confidence in that.”
The IceCats will take their 18-2 record to the state tournament in Park County March 1-3.