On the Madison Edgewood boys hockey team, Grant Reichenbacher’s job is to finish.
And this year, Reichenbacher and his Crusaders had quite a finish.
Reichenbacher, who led Edgewood to the WIAA state tournament quarterfinals for the first time since 2010, has been named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area Player of the Year for the 2015-2016 season.
Reichenbacher produced 44 goals and 30 assists for 74 points, leading the Crusaders in scoring by so much that the team’s next-best scorer was 26 points behind.
He also led the Badger South Conference in scoring during the regular season (58 points) as the Crusaders cruised through the league with a 10-0 record.
After that, second-seeded Edgewood marched to the state tournament with an 8-1 victory over Madison West, 6-3 victory over Waunakee and a 6-1 victory over top-seeded Middleton in the sectional final.
At state, the Waukesha North co-op (the Waukesha Wings) took a 4-2 victory over Edgewood as Reichenbacher had one assist. Edgewood finished 19-6-3.
Reichenbacher, who has been skating since he learned to walk and playing hockey since age 4, served as a team captain for coach Pete Rothering’s Crusaders.
“I have a pretty good vision of the ice and some pretty good linemates who see the ice (the way) I do,” Reichenbacher said before the state tournament. “We have some pretty good chemistry there.”
“Grant’s got the potential to play (NCAA) Division I college hockey,” Rothering said. “There’s still room to grow, but Grant’s talented and isn’t afraid to put in the work. So I guess the sky’s the limit.”
Coach of the Year: Pete Rothering, who coached Edgewood to state after an unbeaten run through the Badger South Conference, has been named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area Coach of the Year for 2015-2016.
The Crusaders made their fifth state appearance dating to 1998. Rothering served as coach in three of those appearances, including the Crusaders’ runner-up finish in 2008.
WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL/ WISCONSINPREPZONE.COM
2015-2016 ALL-AREA BOYS HOCKEY TEAM
Grant Reichenbacher, jr., F, Madison Edgewood: Led the 19-6-3 Crusaders to a trip to the WIAA state quarterfinals, scoring 44 goals and providing 30 assists for 74 points. Earned his second coaches’ All-State honor, making the first team. Unanimous All-Badger South. Named Most Valuable Player on the All-City team.
Blake Ripley, sr., F, Waunakee: Delivered 37 goals and 57 assists (for 94 points) for the high-scoring Warriors, including four game-winning goals. Averaged 3.62 points per game. Earned a second coaches’ All-State honor, making the first team. Unanimous All-Badger North.
Jacob Thousand, sr., F, Waunakee: Totaled 58 goals and 45 assists (for 103 points) to lead the Warriors, who racked up 175 goals on the season. A three-time coaches’ All-State pick, making the first team. A finalist for the Joe Pavelski Award, given to the state’s top forward. Unanimous All-Badger North.
Jack Andringa, sr., D, Madison Memorial: Scored 10 goals and had 30 assists for the Spartans, including three game-winners. A three-time All-State honoree and an All-Big Eight Conference pick. Earned the All-City Lance Johnson Commitment to Excellence Award and was a first-team pick.
Davis Bunz, sr., D, Middleton: Scored 23 goals and delivered 18 assists for the Cardinals, who started 15-0, finished 21-3 and were ranked No. 1 for much of the season. Named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference. Earned a repeat All-State honor. Was named a finalist for the Davis Drewiske Award, given to the state’s top defenseman.
Tommy Mohs, sr., G, Madison Edgewood: Gave up 24 goals all season (1.2 goals-against average), with 424 saves and a 15-2 record. A two-time coaches’ All-State selection. Named a finalist for the Kirk Daubenspeck Award, given to the state’s top goaltender.
Jacob Padley, sr., F, Madison Memorial.
Parker Elvy, sr., F, Waunakee.
Blake Komplin, sr., F, Madison Memorial.
Nolan Frederick, jr., Janesville.
Jeremy Werner, so., D, Waunakee.
Ryan Kenny, jr., G, Madison Memorial.
Forwards — Jack Anderson, jr., Verona; Kalen Balas, sr., Madison West; Drake Baldwin, fr., F, Madison West; Dylan Brown, so., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; Parker Elvy, sr., Waunakee; Justin Engelkes, so., Middleton; Keaton Gill, jr., Monona Grove; Kyle Hagerman, fr., Sun Prairie; Casey Harper, sr., Middleton; Dawson Hinz, sr., Baraboo/Portage; Carter Hottmann, so., Madison Edgewood; Tyler Kulas, jr., Janesville; Parker Lindauer, fr., Madison Memorial; Zach Moore, jr., McFarland; Ty Perkins, jr., D, Janesville; Blake Richter, sr., Madison Edgewood; Nick Tancill, sr., D, Madison Edgewood; Bryce Turnus, jr., Madison Edgewood; Dylan Ziomek, sr., Oregon.
Defensemen — Justin Dragoo, sr., Madison Edgewood; Nolan Frederick, jr., D, Janesville; Dean Fuhrmann, so., Madison West; Chris Jones, jr., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; Zach Lanz, sr., Verona; Jake Livesy, sr., Middleton; Nick Macdonald, jr., Baraboo/Portage; Tyler Patton, sr., Monona Grove; Nate Polglaze, jr., Beloit Memorial; Macrae Robertson, sr., Madison Memorial; Dietrich Schwoerer, sr., McFarland; Jeremy Werner, so, Waunakee.
Goaltenders — Nathan Cleghorn, sr., Verona; Sam Dunny, jr., Sun Prairie; Sean Goss, so., Madison La Follette/East; Andryi Nahirniak, jr., Monona Grove; Mike Olson, sr., Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells; Brock Suchomel, sr., DeForest.