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St. Marks defeats DMA 5-3 to win South Championship!

By ICSHL, 02/28/18, 9:45PM EST


ICSHL: All Things Possible: St. Mark's Caps Dream Season

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For the St. Mark's High School hockey team, all things are truly possible.

On Wednesday night (Feb. 28) at the Patriot Ice Center in Newark, Del., the Spartans not only reached the divisional finals in their first season in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League (ICSHL), but upended the defending South Division champions from Delaware Military Academy in a thrilling 5-3 victory.

After a bench minor left St. Mark's down a man at the 1:07 mark and a slashing minor on DMA's Alex Maglio at 1:39 brought upon four-on-four action, St. Mark's leading scorer Patrick Swain split defenders and put the Spartans on the board with a top-shelf wrist shot from 15 feet away at 2:19. Not even three minutes later, the Seahawks capitalised on an odd-man rush, as Alex Maglio led a three-on-zero charge up the right-wing boards before tying the game at 5:15. Maglio then assisted DMA leading scorer Markus Cook on his 44th goal of the season at 10:59, a five-hole score from just beyond the right edge of the crease, to put the Seahawks up 2-1 at the first period's completion.

Swain, speaking of the regular-season series split between the teams, said, "We beat them once this season, on senior night. They handed it to us a couple weeks later. It just turned into—we didn't want to feel the agony of defeat."