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Northern Kentucky Norse high school hockey team wins Kentucky state title, moves on to nationals

The Northern Kentucky Norse high school varsity hockey team captured the 2019 Kentucky High School Hockey League state championship and will participate in the USA Hockey nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, March 28 through April 1.

The team is comprised of players from multiple area schools.

The Norse were seeded No. 2 with a record of 8-2-2 in regular-season league play. The Norse defeated St. Xavier on Friday, 15-0, and then got by Trinity in overtime, 2-1 on Saturday. The Norse beat defending state champion Louisville Metro 5-4 in the finals on Sunday. 

The 2019 Kentucky All-State Teams were announced at the championships and the Norse were well represented.

Norse goalie Jackson Maddy was named to first team All-State, while Stephen Lumpp, Drew Janszen and Lennon Harden were named to the second team. Honorable mentions were awarded to Devin Grimsley and Maximillian Williams. The Norse’s Jaime Antelo was named Coach of Year.

The Norse have been to three straight Kentucky High School state championship games, winning the title in both 2017 and this season. The Norse won this year after graduating 14 seniors from last season and had to rebuild quickly in order to compete for another run at the state championship.

The Norse finished the regular season with an overall record of 32-19-5. They started the season 0-6-1 before going 32-13-4 the rest of the way.

The Norse are coached by Antelo, assistant coach Eric Kathman, defensive coach Jeff Bove and goalie coach Andrew McGinnes. The team manager is Carrie Antelo.

From Northern Kentucky Norse Hockey

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