Four Sheboygan co-op hockey players made the all-conference team, highlighted by Tyler Sunagel’s selection.
The Plymouth junior earned second-team all-Fox River Classic, and honorable mention went to Kohler junior Maclane Schick, Manitowoc Roncalli sophomore Will Falconer and Sheboygan Falls sophomore Jack Louko.
Sunagel, a forward, had 17 assists to share the team lead.. He also ranked second with 13 goals and 30 points.
“He produced his most points in the three years he’s been (on varsity), he contributed a lot on the power play and he had a really solid plus-minus (+8),” Red Raiders’ coach Bill Sunagel said.
Louko led Sheboygan with 33 points and 16 goals, and the forward also tallied 17 assists to receive honorable mention for the second consecutive time.
“Not only was he our leading scorer, he was one of our top penalty killers and was also on the power play,” Sunagel said. “And he really reduced his penalty minutes this year.”
Falconer, a defenseman, was third on the team with 18 points and 15 assists. He also got honorable mention a year ago.
“Will is by far probably our best defenseman,” Sunagel said. “He’s solid offensively, responsible defensively, moved the puck, played power play and penalty kill, played all situations. And he too was like a +8 on the season.”
The goalie Schick was called the team’s most valuable player by Sunagel after finishing with a .909 save percentage and an average of 2.63 goals allowed per game.
“We would not have had the success that we did have this year without him in net,” the coach said.
LOOKING BACK: The Red Raiders, who got off to a 6-0 start, ended with a 12-13-1 record and met most of the coach’s expectations in his first year running the program.
“We definitely advanced in the playoffs for the first time in a while,” Sunagel said. “Last year was one-and-done. Our overall wins were the best in the last three seasons and probably our highlight was the tie game against undefeated Arrowhead (to cap the regular season) being short-manned. That was a huge highlight for this team and carried a lot of momentum into the playoffs.”
LOOKING AHEAD: All four all-conference players return and Plymouth senior Kyle Kraus is the only defenseman who will have to be replaced.
“And we kind of groomed a freshman this year, so our ‘D’ is probably going to be one of the better ‘Ds’ in the conference,” Sunagel said.