2006/2007 Season Recap
2006-07 was a season of incredible growth for the Gettysburg Ice Hockey program. The players set out with heavy hearts, however, as they lost teammate and friend Nick Grout over the summer. Gettysburg honored their fallen teammate by dedicating their season to his memory, wearing patches bearing his initials of NMG.
Despite the tragedy of losing their teammate, Gettysburg pressed on to one of their most successful seasons ever. New white jerseys and a new attitude carrying over from the previous season gave Gettysburg high hopes coming into 06-07. The team said farewell to the original blues they had worn for years and got brand new orange and blue dark jerseys to match the whites. They also were facing a larger and tougher schedule than the previous season, facing more teams from outside the conference. The team also held their first ever tryouts, as the team was simply growing too big for every player to dress.
Seniors captain Scott Kenner and assistant captain McLean "Mac" Donnelly provided grizzled vetaran leadership, joined by junior assistant captains Jackson Ferguson and Ben Flint. Luke Archambault and Phil Deyette combined again to provide most of Gettysburg's scoring. Deyette would be the MDCHA season MVP runner-up, and along with Archambault and junior defenseman Garrett Gaydosh, they would be named to the MDCHA all-star team.
The high point of the season would come at the team's first ever ACHA showcase tournament hosted by Penn State Delco (now Brandywine). Their second opponent of the tournament was top-ranked SUNY Albany. Gettysburg dug deep and handed them a rare loss, as the only other game Albany would lose that season would be in the championship game of the ACHA National Tournament.
Gettysburg's wins over Albany and other highly ranked programs were rewarded with a #9 ACHA regional ranking. Although currently the top ten teams compete for a chance to go to the National Tournament, the format in 2007 meant that Gettysburg was on the outside looking in for ACHA competition. Despite this, they gained experience and momentum that would carry over into the MDCHA playoffs.
The previous year Gettysburg was bounced in the semifinals by longtime rival George Washington, who had since left the conference. This time, they secured a bye but had to go through school rival Dickinson College. In front of a rowdy crowd Gettysburg dispatched Dickinson, but had to face long-time MDCHA rival Loyola in the championship game. Gettysburg fell behind early and despite a furious comeback attempt, they were unable to claim the MDCHA championship for yet another year.
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