Chaparral falls in semis, but future looks nice on ice

First-year Wolverines knocked out of tournament by Regis

Posted 3/6/18

Chaparral lost its semifinal state hockey game to Regis Jesuit, but the Wolverines still made a statement by just playing in the game. The Wolverines, a first-year program and the 13th seed in the …

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Chaparral falls in semis, but future looks nice on ice

First-year Wolverines knocked out of tournament by Regis

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Chaparral lost its semifinal state hockey game to Regis Jesuit, but the Wolverines still made a statement by just playing in the game.

The Wolverines, a first-year program and the 13th seed in the playoffs, surrendered four second-period goals in a 7-1 loss to unbeaten and top-seeded Regis on March 1 at the Pepsi Center, but Wolverines coach Ryan Finnefrock said Chaparral's hockey future is promising.

“We didn't play our best and that's what it takes to beat a good team like Regis,” said Chaparral coach Ryan Finnefrock. “They are very smart and it shows. They jump on all your mistakes.

“We're going to learn from this. Our two senior captains, John Fulton and Alex Walsh, were our two best players. They are the ones behind the scenes that got this thing going. They put Parker hockey on the map. They put Chaparral on the map. And I don't think we are going away.”

Chaparral, a co-op team with players coming from all Parker high schools, finished with a 16-6-1 record and played some of its best hockey in the playoffs.

The Wolverines downed fourth-seeded Fort Collins, 4-2, and eliminated No. 5 Steamboat Springs, 8-5 prior to the game against Regis.

“I said it from our first meeting our potential is to be at the Final Four if we take advantage of our opportunities,” said Finnefrock. “It turned out we did. We didn't during the regular and had a few hiccups here and there, like every team does. At the end of the season and the playoffs we put 51 minutes together and you saw what happened.

“We have a lot of young guys in that room that are chopping at the bit to get back here next year. You haven't seen the last of Chaparral hockey.”

Dorian Perret's power-play goal tied the game against Regis at 1-all in the first period, but it took the Raiders only 20 seconds to regain the lead. And then Regis broke the game open in the first 8:30 of the second period with four goals.

Regis had 30 shots on goal, compared to only 12 for the Wolverines.

“Take about seven minutes out of that period,” said Walsh. “If it wasn't for that period, it would have been a closer game. This team has a real good opportunity to do something special in the future.

“We only played together for a couple months. Everybody clicked and everybody bought into the game plan and everybody wanted to be part of his team.”

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