For the first time in Gilmour history, the Varsity A Hockey team won the Cleveland Cup Championship. John Treppo (’18) and Jack Aleva (’18) presented the student body with the trophy during Convocation on Wednesday, February 14.
“I have to say, it was such a sweet victory,” said Aleva.
The Lancers squared off with the University School Preppers in the championship game. Gilmour took the lead in the first period. Kessell Richards (’21) scored early by tipping the puck from a defensive shot. In the second period, Dominic Casamatta (’19) added a goal by making a move in front of the net with a backhand shot. Lancers were up 2-0 going into the third period.
University School rallied in the third period to send the match into overtime. Charlie Tuggey (’21) scored the winning shot. The Lancers prevailed 3-2.
Zach Henry (’18) is enjoying his first year at Gilmour and on this team. When celebrating with his teammates on the ice, he remembered feeling lucky. “We are one of the most historic teams in Gilmour history,” said Henry.
Aleva noted this is the first Varsity A team to win the Cleveland Cup, to beat University School, and win the Saint Andrews Tournament.
Matt Mangel (’18) and Duncan Nichols-Delay (’19) received special honors during the game. From the Great Lakes Hockey League, Mangel won the Sportsmanship Award. Nichols-Delay won Goaltender of the Year.