Birmingham Brother Rice’s Ryan Marone carries the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. The Warriors were named Division 2 state champions with a 2-1 win over Byron Center March 27 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

Birmingham Brother Rice’s Ryan Marone carries the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. The Warriors were named Division 2 state champions with a 2-1 win over Byron Center March 27 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

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Brother Rice, Cranbrook-Kingswood capture high school hockey’s top prize

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published April 5, 2021

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BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Both the Birmingham Brother Rice and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood hockey teams are state champions.

The 2021 MHSAA hockey finals took place at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth March 25. The Warriors beat Byron Center 2-1 in the Division 2 championship. The Cranes defeated Calumet 4-1 for the Division 3 title. For Brother Rice, it’s the program’s first state title since 2017. Cranbrook had not won a state title since 2015.

For Cranbrook, defense was a major part of the myriad of factors that led the Cranes to a state title. In the quarterfinal, semifinal and final games, the team gave up just two total goals across the three games. Those two goals were the only goals the team let in throughout the entirety of postseason play. The Cranes finished the shortened season 13-8-2 overall and 8-4-0 in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey Division North Division.

Coach Kenny Chaput’s team finished the season 17-6-2 overall and 11-1-1 in the MIHL North Division. This Division 2 title won by Rice is the program’s fifth since 2000. In order to get there, the Warriors beat Port Huron Northern 6-0 in the quarterfinal round and Trenton High 4-2 in the semifinal. Brother Rice outscored opponents 31-6 — including an 11-3 win over Bloomfield Hills High in the regional final.

The 2021 state championship for the Warriors comes on the heels of a possible title last season. Before high school sports shut down in Michigan, the Warriors were set to play in a state semifinal game March 12, 2020.

In Division 3 last year, the Cranes fell to Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day in regional semifinal action. The Yellow Jackets reached the state semifinals as well before the season slipped away.

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