The Monarch hockey team this past winter season had one of the earlier exits from the CHSAA state tournament it had seen in a long time, falling in the quarterfinal round.
Less than one month later, the team embarked on a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, for the Chipotle USA Hockey National High School Championships and came away with the ultimate prize — a divisional national championship trophy.
On Monday morning, the Coyotes completed a run through the 16-team Division II bracket by upending Burrell (Penn.) 7-1 in the championship game. A four-goal outburst in the second period propelled the Coyotes to the relatively easy victory, giving MoHi and head coach Jimmy Dexter the team's first national title after several tries.
Zack Given and Shin Steinbartheach scored twice, and Jake Given and Alex Scatena each added three points in the title game. Dylan Sheets, who stopped 29 of 30 shots in MoHi's double-overtime, 1-0 loss at Valor Christian in the quarters, made 23 saves against Burrell.
The win marked revenge for MoHi after falling to Burrell in the first game of the tournament this past Thursday. Included in a five-wins-in-four-days run were victories over the Omaha (Neb.) Junior Lancers, Steinbrenner (Fla.) High School, Waterloo (Iowa) Warriors and Frisco (Texas).
Scatena notched 11 points for the tournament, while the Given twins combined for 15. Steinbarth led the team with five goals.