St. Clair Shores resident and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point defenseman Chris Allemon skates with the puck in a game last season. The Warren De La Salle graduate helped lead Stevens Point to an undefeated season and a Division 3  national championship.

St. Clair Shores resident and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point defenseman Chris Allemon skates with the puck in a game last season. The Warren De La Salle graduate helped lead Stevens Point to an undefeated season and a Division 3 national championship.

Photo provided by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletics — Kylie Bridenhagen


Shores native, De La Salle grad part of undefeated D-3 hockey team

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published April 5, 2019

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WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A lot of times in college sports, you’ll hear of coaches who want their teams to lose a game to take the pressure off of a possible undefeated run.

That wasn’t the case for the 2018-19 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s hockey team, and St. Clair Shores resident Chris Allemon can attest to it.

The Pointers finished the season with a 29-0-2 mark on their way to the program’s sixth national championship. Stevens Point went 18-0-1 at home and 11-0-1 away from home. The team’s two ties came in November. After a Nov. 17 tie, the team went on a 23-game win streak that culminated in a 3-2 March 23 overtime win over Vermont’s Norwich University in the Division 3 national title game.

“It’s really an indescribable feeling,” said Allemon, a junior defenseman. “Not losing a game over an entire season is mind-blowing. It almost doesn’t feel right. Most years, you feel you need to lose a game to get stronger as a team. It’s incredible how close our team was to not slip up once. There were no letdowns.”

The title was the second in four seasons for the program after capturing the D-3 crown in 2016. The school won three straight from 1989 to 1991 and won another in 1993. Stevens Point has also finished as national runner-up four times.

Stevens Point is the only team in the history of D-3 hockey to end the season undefeated.

“I think how close we were as a team is the biggest reason for us being able to do what we did,” said Allemon, a 2014 Warren De La Salle graduate. “That’s the closest I’ve ever been with my teammates. We held each other accountable. I think that after the two ties, we just knew what we had to do, and we went out and did it.”

This past season marked Allemon’s first with the Pointers after two years at Ferris State University. Allemon said Stevens Point was just a better fit for him, and he calls the move the best decision he’s ever made.

Allemon spent two seasons with the Des Moines (Iowa) Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League.

In his first season with the Pointers, Allemon tallied one goal and four assists in 25 games.

Stevens Point coach Tyler Krueger said Allemon was an important piece for the team.

“It took (Allemon) a bit — as it does most transfers — to get accustomed to the style and pace of play,” Krueger said. “The second half of the season, he really took the next step in his game.

“(Allemon) is a phenomenal skater and a great defender. When he focuses on that part of his game, the offense and playmaking abilities surface naturally. We’re excited to see him take the next step as a senior next season.”

Aside from capturing a national title, the highlight for Allemon came in a 6-2 Feb. 23 win over the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In that game, Allemon recorded his first collegiate goal. To make the moment even more special, Allemon’s father, Jim, was in attendance.

“My dad is my biggest supporter,” Allemon said. “I was so happy he made the trip out.

“Him and my mom (Richelle) were at the national championship game. It’s incredible they were able to see that, especially after all they’ve done for me with the travel to early morning practices and games. They’ve always supported me. It’s a great thing to have.”

Allemon doesn’t think that will be the only big game his parents attend either.

“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to go back-to-back,” Allemon said. “With the players we’ll have back and the new players we have coming up, we should be even closer as a team and able to go win it again. Me personally, I’m going to work as hard as I can this offseason to come back even better next season.”

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