After darkness, there is light… and this is a story that will get you to take your issues out of your pockets and straight to your cheeks. Just 11 days after Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was rocked a devastating tragedy, its high school varsity hockey team won the Lightning High School Hockey League Tier 1 state title over Jesuit 7-4 Sunday.
“We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win and that’s what we did and now we get to bring the trophy back to the best high school in America,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas player Joey Zenobi told local station WBBH-TV reporter Joe Putrelo.
The Eagles now get to move on to compete in nationals from March 22-26 in Plymouth, Minn.
The team, who suffered a heart-breaking loss after a gunman killed 17 of their classmates and staff members. The fourth-seeded Eagles upset top-ranked East Lake. Marjory Stoneman Douglas began as the last seed in the four-team bracket tournament after losing its first three games. A great story for the underdogs.
'No one was lacking energy in the locker room we all came to play we were all ready,' senior Matthew Horowitz told ABC 10. 'This wasn't for us. This was for the 17 victims."
The Eagles had to fight hard and never gave up after taking a commanding 4-0 lead in the first period and didn't look in the championship game. According to Sports Illustrated Marjory Stoneman Douglas goalie Nathan Shield's recorded 18 saves against the Jesuits.
This is the most heart-warming story you will hear all year.
Good job, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Eagles!