Of the three New England Prep School Athletic Council champions crowned in boys ice hockey last month, Tilton School was the only one to do so without a single Division 1 commit.
That’s not to say there weren’t good players on the Rams, but it was a true team effort with every player buying in and accepting their role. It all came to a storybook ending when Tilton finished off a 5-2 win over Holderness to capture the Piatelli/Simmons small-school championship.
“It was a great feeling. I won the Super 8 my sophomore year at Arlington, but this was a surreal feeling. It was a hard goal to achieve,” said senior left wing Cam Ryan.
Tilton hadn’t won a prep school hockey championship since 2002, but the program has been on the rise since Brooks McQuade took over as head coach in 2015.