TAHA Crowns 4 State Champs

by Keith Andresen

2023 Texas State High School Championships-RESULTS

The Texas Amateur Hockey Association crowned four State Champions on Sunday January 29.  The D1 and D2 Championship games were held at Children's Health Center Valley Ranch and the 2A and 2B State Championships were played at the Children's Health StarCenter in Mansfield. The Division 1 and Division 2 winners, Jesuit and Keller, will advance to the USA Hockey National Tournament in Plymouth, Minnesota, March 23-27.

Division 1

The Jesuit College Prep Rangers of Dallas defended their State Title from 2022 with a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Strake Jesuit Crusaders of Houston.  Trying to avenge an 11-1 loss to Dallas Jesuit in the round-robin, Strake claimed a 2-0 lead early in the first period before the Rangers were able to score to get within one.  The game remained close with the Rangers scoring the only goal of the second period to tie the game at 2-2 entering the third.  Both teams traded scoring chances in the third and with 3:44 left the Crusaders were penalized for holding.  With 2:41 left, the Rangers scored on a deflection and the goal held up to bring another State Title to Jesuit.  Congratulations to the Jesuit Rangers.

Division 2 

Keller defeated the 2022 State Champ, Frisco West by a score of 5-3 to capture the Division 2 State Championship and earn a trip to Nationals. The game was close until Keller score 2 goals one minute apart early in the third period to take a 5-2 lead. Frisco climbed within 2 scoring with 7:17 left but could not get any closer.  Congratulations Keller!

Division 2A

In the 2A Championship, 8th seeded Coppell upset 3rd seeded Northwest 6-4.  Coppell raced out to a 4-1 lead in the 2nd period.  Goals late in the second and early in the third pulled Northwest to within a goal, but they could not get the equalizer. Two late empty net goals by Coppell sealed the win.

Division 2B

In a thrilling game Plano East defeated Memorial West from Houston 3-2 in Overtime.  East jumped ahead 2-0 after two periods.  In the third period Memorial roared back to tie the score sending the game to overtime.  During the extra period both teams had good looks, but Plano East was finally able to end the game a little over 6 minutes into OT.  Congratulations Plano East.