By Joe Bachman
The Riverkings came up short in their quest for a USPHL Championship, but not without a memorable season on the way.
After splitting games on Wednesday to Hampton Roads and Boston, they would lose to a tough Charlotte Rush team in the last game of round robin competition. In semifinal action they would again face the same first place Charlotte Rush team, who again had their number with a 6-3 victory to advance to the championship against Hampton Roads.
The Riverkings finished third overall in the Elite Division out of 27 teams in the nation.
“The players and staff provided a culture of hard work, giving back, and volunteering in this great community,” said Riverkings Head Coach Marty Quarters. “We have said all year that this team has a special “family” bond built off of hard work, believing in a positive culture, and respect while caring for each other.”
The Riverkings finished with the most goals and fewest goals allowed on the season, with leading scorer Ryan Mantz up for Forward of the Year among three finalists. Defensivemen Harrison Kohl is in the running for Defensemen of the Year, and not to be outdone, goalie Erik Schuette is up for Goaltender of the Year with 24 wins and 9 shutouts on the year.
All three are finalists for USPHL MVP.
Head Coach Marty Quarters joins this exclusive club, as he is up for Coach of the Year.
“These nominations are a direct result of a tremendous team effort,” said Quarters. “We are proud of our players and commend them for the dedication and commitment they have exhibited all season long.”