The Coeur d'Alene Hockey Academy capped off their season on a high note this past weekend as they defeated the Lake Tahoe Academy 18U team 3-2 in a shootout. CDA U17 went a perfect 4-0 at the Boise Skills Academy Invitational Hockey Tournament.
The U17s also defeated the Northern Alberta Extreme U17s (4-3 SO), CDA 16Us (7-1) and Lake Tahoe 16Us 5-1 to capture the banner.
It was a fitting way to end the season, according to CDA U17 Head Coach, Mike Butters. "Our group deserved to end their season this way. They have been playing very good hockey over the past couple of months and are now being rewarded for it. Despite playing shorthanded for much of the weekend, coupled with injuries, the team really stuck with their plan and executed fairly well." Butters added, "The players who were persistent with their individual and team effort can feel great knowing they accomplished some positive things to end their season.
What Butters is referring to is the team's solid 9-2-0-3 record to finish the season. 5 of those victories came versus CSSHL teams ranked higher than CDA prior to those teams meeting.
The team will celebrate their season along with their U18 and 16U counterparts at the CDA Hockey Banquet on March 29th.