Wildcats Hockey Fall to the Livonia Churchill Chargers

After defeating the Salem Rocks and the Canton Chiefs in back to back games, the Plymouth Wildcats advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Regional Final game against the Livonia Churchill Chargers, Plymouth’s third appearance in the final in five years. The Wildcats found themselves behind quick, and could not make up the deficit, eventually losing to the Chargers 4-1. Plymouth captain Zach Gallaher scored the Cats’ lone goal.

Plymouth senior Scott Deal celebrated his last season with his teammates and coaches. “It’s honestly been the best season I’ve been a part of. I love this group of guys and we’ve been playing well and working hard all year and now in playoffs it’s paying off. I don’t want this season to end.”

Tommy Casari, Plymouth junior, said in regards to his season, “It’s been a great season, we’ve had our ups and downs and it’s going to be sad when we don’t get to come to the rink every day and work hard with one another.”

The appearance in the game came after wins against the Rocks (5-3) and the Chiefs (6-1). Senior Nick Yankee drew first blood against the Chiefs, and from there, the Wildcats controlled the game. Plymouth senior Colton Borke scored two goals in the game; also scoring for the Wildcats were sophomores Adam Rebecca and Nathan Stoneburg and junior Jack Chumley.

Emerson Taylor, Canton senior, reflected on his time with the Chiefs after their loss to Plymouth. “Losing in playoffs is always hard especially for the seniors. To the young guys I’d say enjoy high school hockey as much as possible because when your senior year ends and you look around the rink one last time as a Chief, it is truly devastating.”