Pirates enjoying a sensational 2019-20 hockey season

Photo by Larry Caruso.

Hank Minckiewicz
– RIVERVIEW REGISTER

It has been quite a season for the Riverview hockey team.

Since the calendar flipped from November to December at the start of the season, the Pirates have been nearly unbeatable. After splitting their first two games of the year, Riverview has piled up a 14-2 win-loss record and the Bucs have posted eight- and six-game winning streaks.

The last two weeks of January, the team went 6-0 with victories over Gabriel Richard, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, Grosse Ile, Huron, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard and Temperance-Bedford.

The Pirates have been powered by the dynamic junior duo of Ryan Herzog and Gavin Holmes, who are far and away the team’s leading offensive players.

Holmes leads the team with 35 goals and 51 points and Herzog leads in assists with 27 and has 43 points. No other player on the team has more than seven goals or 18 assists.

The Bucs have played a ton of close games this season, including a pair of 3-2 victories over city rival Gabriel Richard. It’s good defense and fine goaltending that allow the Bucs to play that kind of game.

Senior goalie Josiah Dembrosky has played the vast majority of minutes in goal for the team and he has 16 wins and a 2.40 goals-against average.

Two of Riverview’s highest offensive outputs have come recently as they beat SMCC 10-6 on Jan. 15 and then laid a mercy-rule 9-1 win on Huron Jan. 29.

In the SMCC win, Holmes had a double hat trick – six goals – to go along with two assists. Adam Gazdecki had two goals and two assists. Julian Johnson and Justin Severinsi had the other goals.Jake Geladin had three assists and Herzog, Thomas Dunne and Luke Snow had two each.

In the rout of Huron, Holmes had five more goals and an assist and Herzog had a goal and four assists. Dunne had three more assists, Severinski had a goal and an assist, Jack Lenden had a goal and an assist and Johnson had a goal.

While the blowouts are fun, games like the 3-2 win over old rival Grosse Ile on Jan. 22 and the 2-0 road win against Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard on Jan. 31 are more impressive.

Holmes had two goals and Herzog the other in the overtime win against Grosse Ile. It was Riverview’s second close win of the season over their archrival.

Against AA Richard at the Ice Cube, Herzog and Luke Lenden scored and Dembrosky stopped all 22 shots he faced.

Riverview faces Divine Child Feb. 13, Carlson Feb. 15 and faces a rematch with Ann Arbor Richard Feb. 18 to close out the regular season.

The Pirates open the state playoffs with a district tournament game against Bedford Feb. 25. The Pirates beat the Kicking Mules 6-2 on Feb. 1.

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