Last year Spencerport’s hockey season could be described as:
That’s because the Rangers went 2-17 finishing last in their division.
“We would just have our moral at the bottom. We would always feel like we were getting defeated,” said junior forward Luc Fedele.
“We really didn’t wanna be there at all,” added junior defenseman Mark Neu. “I mean losing 17 games in a season isin’t fun.”
This year the Rangers have a whole new coaching staff led by Ryan Ford, who brought a new mentallty to the team.
“I told the kids from day one, we’re not a doormat on this league anymore. We’re here to change people’s minds and shock the world,” said Ford.
That’s exactly what Spencerport did.
The Rangers flipped the script going from worst to first, finishing the regular season 17-3 and winning their first division title in 20 years.
‘We’ve been the team that everyone comes to the rink and says, ‘Oh we’re going to beat them 10-0.’ Now we’re going to the rink and thinking, ‘Oh we’re going to beat this team 10-0,” smiled Neu.
“It just feels good to be on the opposite side of that for once.”
Spencerport begin the year aiming for 10 wins, but even some players thought that was a lofty goal.
Last season, the Rangers allowed 127 goals. More than anyone in Section V.
This year, they’ve scored 123 goals. More than anyone in Section V.
“In our first few games this year we had pretty much had more goals than all of last year,” smiled sophomore forward AJ Giannavola. “More people are starting to talk about us around school. Last year we were the joke of the school.”
Now the only ones laughing are the Rangers.
“It feels great that our successes are bring us to new places. Thinking, ‘Oh Spencerport hockey isin’t going anywhere,’ and then to get to 17 wins in one season. It’s just crazy.” laughed Neu.
From “terrible,” to now on top, the Rangers have turned a mess into a masterpeiece.
Their new goal for the season, winning their first sectional title in program history.