Tonawanda News — After the overtime win versus Canisius, Crozier could sense the team gaining confidence every day. Looking back on the season, he said the team never took a day off. The players went hard and competed in every practice and in every game, and that work ethic is what allowed them to be so successful.
Crozier said his team’s 18-game win streak is the perfect indicator for its success.
“It speaks volumes for our consistency as a team,” he said. “We competed day in and day out. In practice, I can tell you I never left the rink thinking that it was an off practice or that we didn’t work hard. Every single time — I’m not exaggerating — every single time this team stepped on the ice they competed hard. Whether it was practice or in games.”
In 1993, Crozier’s St. Joe’s squad went undefeated in the state, but he can remember, even 20 years later, the team had a few off games. He said this year’s team didn’t know any way to play that didn’t involve working hard and leaving everything on the ice.
“This is just a great group of kids to work with,” Crozier said. “Kind of reflecting back — one of the emotions I’m feeling is just being sad that it’s over. This team, we had 60 practices, 28 games, spent six nights together in hotel rooms on the road. It’s just a great group of kids to be around. As satisfying as it is to go out on top and be the best in the state, here we are a week later and I’m really missing it. It was a magical year.”Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.