WEST ORANGE, NJ — After a season of ups and downs, the 2019-2020 Millburn Ice Hockey Team took to the ice for the final time yesterday afternoon in an 8-4 loss to Madison.
The Dodgers grabbed the lead early, and after Millburn tied it on a Duncan Stewart goal from Matt Riskin and Jack Schob, Madison would score again before the end of the first period to regain a 2-1 lead.
The second period saw Madison scoring three times to take a 5-1 lead, before Fyodor Brylin put one home off of assists from Stewart and Lucas Skolnick to make it 5-2.
Madison added three more goals in the final frame, but Millburn was also able to get goals from Casey Dutch, assisted by Vlad Rgozin and Ben Hayum, and a final late marker from Riskin, assisted by Hayum as well.
The loss marks the last game for the senior class of 2020, who go out as a decorated bunch:
Congratulations to our senior players and managers on an amazing 4 years!!The class of 2020 had a record of 58-24-17 with 2 Kelly Cup Championships (3 Finals berths), 1 regular season Title, 2 Essex Cty Holiday titles & 4 NJSIAA Tourney appearances @MHSmillers @millburnschools pic.twitter.com/tbeXQNZ0ie— Millburn Hockey (@MillburnHockey) February 25, 2020
After the game, Millburn head Coach Brandon Doria spoke about the results and the season as a whole. With all the injuries up and down the lineup, Doria said he was happy with how his team persevered.
"It's quite an accomplishment," Doria said. "We started off with [Ryan] Potechin getting hurt in the preseason, Duncan [Stewart] getting hurt the third or fourth game. Potechin getting re-injured. Dutch getting hurt.
"So we battled through a lot of injuries. We were able to always weather the storm as best as we could, and I think just playing a short bench and rolling two and a half lines, two lines, we just got tired."
Doria also said that when the team looks back on their season, he hopes they will look back on it and have some good memories.