In a slow, methodical, defensive game, the Regis Jesuit Raiders would shut out the George Gwozdecky-led Valor Christian Eagles en route to claiming their fifth state championship in the past ten years.
With Valor Christian making their first appearance in the state championship in the program’s history — the David-and-Goliath story appeared to be more evident, as the news of league-leading goal scorer Luke Wheeler would miss the game due to a shoulder injury.
From the first faceoff, the Raiders seemed to be in complete control of this game — as they were able to establish themselves in the Valor Christian zone, almost at will.
The Raiders would take advantage of an error on the Valor Christian power-play unit, as forward Connor Kilkenny gave Regis the lead on a short-handed goal.
Both teams would generate some chances in the offensive zone, but that score would remain the same after the first period.
Going into the second period, the Raiders’ special teams would continue to pay dividends for them, as their power play extended their lead to 2-0.
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From there on out, the Raiders would apply their defensive game to close out any chance for Valor Christian to make a late comeback, earning them Colorado’s championship.