2021-22 All-News-Herald Hockey 1st Team – The News Herald

After dealing with a late start in 2020-21, due to COVID-19 issues, the high school hockey season got underway as scheduled this winter and finished without any major interruptions.

Also back to normal, there was no longer a limit on spectators at the rink and teams

As for the local action on the ice, Trenton overcame a rocky regular season and reached the Division 2 state finals for the third time in the last five seasons.

In the playoffs, the Trojans knocked off Woodhaven 9-1 in the first round and then topped Saline 4-0 for the program’s fifth consecutive regional title. In the quarterfinals, Trenton defeated Canton 5-3 and earned a fifth consecutive spot in the semis states.

At USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, the Trojans handed Brother Rice a 4-2 defeat in the semis and moved on to the state title game to face familiar foe Hartland. Trenton took the Eagles to overtime but ultimately fell 3-2 and settled for the state runner-up trophy. The Trojans finished with an overall record of 18-12.

Trenton also hosted the annual MIHL Showcase again at Kennedy Recreation Center. The three-day event, which typically features the state’s top teams, was canceled in 2021.

Riverview Gabriel Richard also had another big season and reached the D3 state quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row. The Pioneers (21-6-1) were ranked among the state’s top teams most of the season.

In the CHSL Tournament championship, played in December, the Pioneers fell 2-1 against reigning (and eventually) D1 state champ Catholic Central. Also in the regular season, Richard won his annual Christmas Tournament.

To kick off the playoffs, the Pioneers defeated Allen Park 6-1 and two days later topped Wyandotte Roosevelt 6-1 to claim their fifth consecutive regional title.

Richard ran into Warren De La Salle in the quarterfinals and saw his run end with a 7-2 defeat.

Gibraltar Carlson (15-11-1) showed a ton of improvement this year and earned the program’s first winning season since 2015-16.

Riverview and Allen Park Cabrini joined forces this winter in a co-op between the two programs. The Riverview-Cabrini United (14-12-1) squad also posted a winning record.

Carlson topped RCU 4-3 in overtime to win the Allen Park Thanksgiving Classic in November. In the playoffs, the Marauders topped RCU 3-1 in the first round and advanced to the regional semis, where they were defeated 2-1 in a three-overtime thriller against Wyandotte Roosevelt.

It was an up-and-down year for Grosse Ile (12-12-1) overall. The Red Devils won six of seven games in January but then went 2-5-1 in their last eight, including a 3-1 loss to Roosevelt in the first round of the playoffs.

It was a big year for Southgate United (11-15), which is a co-op between Southgate Anderson, Flat Rock and Monroe High.

The team had only 10 total players on the roster, but managed to more than double the program’s win total from over the previous four seasons combined. In addition, six of the losses were by two goals or fewer, including a 4-2 defeat against Dearborn Unified in the first round of the postseason.

Roosevelt (11-17) had a rough start to the season but did come on strong down the stretch. The Bears won six of their last 11 games, including a victory over Country Day and the two aforementioned playoff wins.

Woodhaven (9-18) went through a rebuilding season in 2021-22. The young Warriors did play tough throughout the year and 10 of their defeats were by two goals or fewer. In the playoffs, Woodhaven knocked off New Boston United 10-2 in the first round before falling to Trenton in the semis.

Allen Park (7-19-1) endured a rebuilding season, as well. The young Jaguars played several close games, however, and lost eight by two goals or fewer. To start the postseason, Allen Park dominated Monroe SMCC 8-0 before falling to Richard in the next round.

It was also a tough year for New Boston United (5-20), which is a co-op between New Boston Huron, Garden City and Carleton Airport. The squad did have a couple of impressive wins, as it beat a strong Dearborn Unified team and topped East Kentwood twice on the road.

Hayden Oboza, Trenton: Oboza played a huge role in Trenton’s run to the state title game. The senior forward and first-team all-state honoree scored 23 goals in 2021-22 and he had 27 assists. In the playoffs, he netted six goals and picked up five assists.

Jimmy Monks, Richard: Monks, a junior forward, earned first-team all-state honors. He tied for first on the team in goals (19) and he led in both assists (29) and points (46) in what was a huge year overall for Richard.

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Junior Jimmy Monks of Riverview Gabriel Richard waits in front of the net during an MIHL Showcase game against Livonia Stevenson in February at Kennedy Recreation Center in Trenton. Monks finished the 2021-22 season with 19 goals and 29 assists. (Frank Wladyslawski – MediaNews Group)

Ashton Petrarca, Southgate United: Petrarca capped off his high school hockey career with an incredible season. The senior forward and second-team all-state honoree scored 34 goals and set new program records for both points (104) and assists (70) in a season, the latter of which also tied him for third all-time in the state. In a game against SMCC in February, he tied for third all-time in the state for goals in one period (4) and he tied for eighth all-time for goals in one game (7). He also has the program record for career points (169).

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Senior Ashton Petrarca of Southgate United skates with the puck during a January home game against New Boston United at Southgate Civic Center. Petrarca scored 34 goals in 2021-22 and set new program records for both points (104) and assists (70) in a season, the latter of which also tied him for third all-time in the state. (Terry Jacoby – For MediaNews Group)

Aden Jordan, Roosevelt: Jordan earned second-team all-state honors in what was his final season as Roosevelt’s starting goaltender. The senior had a save percentage of .922 and a GAA of 3.40 in a year where he faced an average of 47 shots a game. He started and played all but one game and overall was a leader who helped guide the young Bears through an up-and-down season. In the playoffs he stopped 29 of 30 shots in a first-round win and turned away 36 of 37 shots in a three-overtime semifinal victory.

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Wyandotte Roosevelt senior goaltender Aden Jordan keeps his eye on the puck during a regional semifinal against Gibraltar Carlson in February at Allen Park Civic Center. Jordan had a save percentage of .922 and a GAA of 3.40 in a year where he faced an average of 47 shots a game. (Terry Jacoby – For MediaNews Group)

Nick Fields, Trenton: Fields was one of three Trenton players who earned first-team all-state honors. The senior saw time as defenseman and a forward and shined in both roles for the Trojans. Offensively, he wrapped up the year with 13 goals and 16 assists.

Robbie Chiles, Richard: Chiles picked up an all-state honorable mention for 2021-22. The junior forward netted 16 goals for the Pioneers and he was credited with 20 assists.

Ethan Gilevich, Woodhaven: Gilevich shined for Woodhaven in what was his junior season. The forward and all-state honorable mention scored 20 goals, including four in the playoffs, and he had 21 assists.

Brett Whitten, Carlson: Whitten was one of the most prolific scorers in 2021-22. The speedy junior forward and all-state honorable mention scored 26 goals and he had 13 assists along the way.

Matthew Krueger, Trenton: Krueger’s aggressive play in the role of a power forward helped lead Trenton to the state championship game. The senior and first-team all-state selection finished with 15 goals, including one in the state semifinals, and he had 16 assists.

Aiden Wishart, Richard: Wishart earned an all-state honorable mention in his final season at Richard. The senior defenseman was a big reason why his team allowed two goals or fewer in 18 games. He also came up big offensively with six goals and 22 assists.

Marcus King, Southgate United: King was one of the most prolific point-getters and he played a huge role in Southgate’s marked improvement this season. The senior forward and all-state honorable mention scored 34 goals and he picked up 24 assists. He had at least one point in all but three games.

Isaac Kolasa, Carlson: Kolasa picked up an all-state honorable mention in what was his junior season. He won 11 games, including two shutouts, and had a GAA 4.01. In the postseason, he stopped 29 of 30 shots in a first-round win and in the next round he turned away 46 of 48 shots in a three-overtime loss.

Aaron Brow, Trenton: Brow picked up second-team all-state honors in what was his final season at Trenton. The senior served as both a forward and a defenseman and he saw quite a bit of ice time during the playoffs. He wrapped up the year with nine goals and 14 assists.

Brian Tanner, Woodhaven: Tanner was a leader for Woodhaven and helped guide the team through an up-and-down season. The senior defenseman and all-state honorable mention contributed heavily on offense with 17 goals and 18 assists, including a four-point night in the playoffs.

Jack Czarnik, Grosse Ile: Czarnik closed out his high school hockey career with an impressive season. The senior forward and all-state honorable mention scored 14 goals for Grosse Ile and he picked up 23 assists.

Xaver Gradinscak, Trenton: Gradinscak, a defenseman, helped Trenton shut teams down in 2021-22. The senior and all-state honorable mention was typically tasked with defending the opposition’s top line. He finished with three goals and 19 assists, including one goal and one assist in the state semifinals.

Hayden Andrews, Woodhaven: Andrews was one of three Woodhaven players who claimed a spot on the all-state team. The junior forward and all-state honorable mention closed out the year with 19 goals and 16 assists.

Ryan Rainey, Richard: Rainey was among the state’s top goaltenders in 2021-22. The sophomore posted a record of 17-6-1 and had three shutouts. Four of his defeats and the lone tie came against teams that at least reach the state semis, including all three eventual state champs. He finished with a GAA of 2.21 and a save percentage of .907.

Hayden Kieltyka, Riverview-Cabrini: Kieltyka capped off his high school hockey career with a big season. The senior forward scored 22 goals and picked up 19 assists. He also served as a leader in what was the first year of the Riverview-Cabrini co-op.

Jack Miller, Allen Park: Miller shined for Allen Park in what was just his freshman season. The talented goaltender faced an average of about 38 shots per game and finished the regular season with a save percentage of .907 and a GAA of 3.97. He had three shutouts, one of which came in the playoffs.

Jack Forynski, Carlson: A big year from Forynski helped guide Carlson to a winning season. The junior forward led the Marauders in points (40) and assists (26) and he was second in goals (14).

Brenden Paden, Richard: Paden was a dominant force for Richard in 2021-22. The junior forward led the Pioneers in goals (21) and he picked up nine assists.

Carlson Muglia, Riverview-Cabrini: Muglia played a key role in what was the first year of Riverview-Cabrini co-op. The senior defenseman helped shut opponents down in a year where the team allowed two goals or fewer in 11 games, including four shutouts. He also scored five goals and had 12 assists.

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