Pointers return home to celebrate hockey championship
It took a team effort for the Pointers to bring home their first Division III national championship in 23 years.
The NCAA trophy made it's way from Lake Placid, N.Y., home of the 'Miracle on Ice,' to its permanent place at UW-Stevens Point.
For the upperclassmen, capturing the program's fifth title after a couple of tries feels like mission accomplished.
"To bring it back now... the past two years we haven't gotten it... it's an amazing feeling," said junior Joey Haydock.
"It's a great honor," said head coach Chris Brooks. "A great accomplishment for our program. They have the opportunity today because of the paths so many people cleared. So, they don't take that jersey for granted."
The No. 2 offense in the country returned early Sunday morning after its 5-1 victory over St. Norbert in the championship.
It was Eliot Grauer scoring first in the opening period Saturday. He earned "Most Outstanding Player" for his three goals in the tournament.
Overall, eight different Pointers had a hand in scoring 10 goals total for the Pointers.
"You know we've got a pretty deep locker room," said senior Evan Dixon, "we really had everybody going. Coming down the stretch here it's really been a lot of 'team' wins. And we knew that's what it was going to take to get a team championship."
"We knew we had a good game plan set up," added junior Jacob Barber. "We just came out hot and it worked out for us. We've waited a few years for this. We got second the past few years. Now we've finally got No. 1 and it's kind of indescribable."