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WEST CHESTER — The season may have ended earlier than Crestwood would have wanted, but there’s no doubt the players could be proud of what they had accomplished.
Not only did the Comets become the first team from Northeastern Pennsylvania to even make it into the prestigious Flyers Cup tournament, but they stunned teams from around the southern portion of the state when this 19th seed kept advancing deeper into the tournament.
“We were kind of an unknown,” said Crestwood head coach Paul Eyerman. “We had a wonderful time. The rinks were great and the Flyers Cup was a wonderful experience for us.”
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Unfortunately, that experience came to an end when Crestwood matched up against the No. 2 seed and defending state champion West Chester Rustin.
The Comets shortened bench of 15 players — compared to Rustin’s 20-man roster — wasn’t able to keep up with the high-flying Golden Knights and Crestwood fell 9-3 in the A semifinals Thursday night at Ice Line in West Chester.
“We came in as the 19th seed because they didn’t know what to do with us,” Eyerman said. “We’ve been down here for two weeks in a row and played the four games and it has been fun. We’re thrilled. There certainly were tears in the locker room, but 20 years from now they can look back and say, ‘I played in the Flyers Cup.’”
Michael Thamert scored two goals and Austin Orso scored to lead Crestwood.
“We’ve come down on a Martz Trailways bus and it has been great for bonding with the kids,” Eyerman said. “It has been a great experience and we hope to come back next year.”