‘Cohesive and supportive’ JDCHS hockey team finishes third in stateMar 30, 2023 01:32PM ● By Catherine Garrett
The JDCHS hockey team finished third in the state with a 15-3 overall record. (Photo courtesy Moe Van der Sluys)
The Juan Diego Catholic High School hockey team ended a 15-3 season with a 13-0 loss to Park City in the Division I semifinals of the Utah High School Hockey Feb. 22.
“It was great to finish in third place, especially for having the smallest team in the state,” said head coach Moe Van der Sluys. “We couldn’t be more proud of what these players accomplished. Not only did the team succeed, but we had some amazing individual achievements.”
JDCHS sophomore Wyatt Hanna, who was honored as the Most Valuable Player in the state, was the top goal scorer this season in Utah with 46 goals. He also finished first in game-winning goals with eight and third in points which combines goals and assists.
Freshman goalie Aidan Janiga was tops in the state with 14 wins and second overall in shutouts with five.
Soaring Eagle players who were named State All-Stars were Hanna, Janiga, Tommy Filidore and Jake Odell along with alternates Matthew Odell and William Conley.
Van der Sluys also noted the “strong performances” this season of captains Filidore, Matthew Odell and Tommy Rock and the contributions of Filidore and the team’s other senior Jackson Tenzer.
“Overall, this was the most cohesive and supportive team I’ve coached in high school over the last 13 years,” he said.
Also on the JDCHS squad were Jack Cunningham, Weston Eder, Ethan Maxedon, Zachary Meehan, Bryson Newport and Miles Sears.
Van der Sluys was assisted by Matt Alter and Mike Sears on the coaching staff this year.
“I look forward to the future and we hope to get even more players coming to Juan Diego so the program can grow to what I know it could be,” Van der Sluys said.
The Juan Diego hockey team will begin summer league play in May. Anyone interested in playing for the program can contact coach Van der Sluys at [email protected].