We won’t be revealing the All-Delco team and player of the year until next Thursday, but I figured I’d put this out here as a little teaser now. (Also look for stats up in the next couple of days once I tie up some loose ends.) It’s the final Super 7 for the hockey season.
1. Springfield (21-3-1)
What can you say about this team? They just always seem to peak when it comes time for Flyers Cup. Four straight finals is really impressive, and they eased to a Central League title this year. We try not to get enamored with win-loss records, but the one posted by the Cougars this year is hard not to ignore.
2. Cardinal O’Hara (9-11-0)
I know they beat Springfield this season. But that was way back on Nov. 21, and I have a distinct feeling the result could be different if they played again in the postseason (though sadly the rather haphazard classification system for Flyers Cup prevents that). The bottom line is that the Lions went winless in the Flyers Cup and picked up just two points from teams other than winless Archbishop Carroll in Class AAA play. Had O’Hara capitalized on their chances to change either of those last two stats, this ranking may be different.
3. Penncrest (12-9-1)
Yes, Penncrest lost two of its three meetings with Radnor. But they won the most important, a 5-3 victory in the Central League semifinals. They also gave Springfield two of its stiffest tests in Central League play, 2-0 and 7-4 losses. In a jumbled Central League A field where Penncrest and the two teams below them in the Super 7 finished tied on 21 points, those are the kinds of things that shift the balance.
4. Radnor (11-10-1)
This is basically a coin-flip proposition. The Red Raiders and Jaguars split a pair of games, and Radnor’s loss was one of the first for Tom Hemcher when he stepped in for the injured Grayson Mameniskis. So to break the tie, consider this: Garnet Valley was 0-1-1 against Penncrest, while Radnor, as previously mentioned, beat them twice.
5. Garnet Valley (11-9-1)
The Jaguars come out on the bottom of the shuffle of the Central A middle-of-the-pack. That may have changed had the Jags gotten a more friendly fate in the Flyers Cup in which they lost a heart-breaking overtime decision, 3-2, to Upper Moreland.
6. Haverford School (12-5-1)
The Fords positively demolished their archrival Episcopal Academy twice inside of 10 days by scores of 7-2 and 10-1. That alone makes it a good year on Lancaster Avenue.
7. Haverford (9-11-1)
I give the Fords the edge over Upper Darby (11-9-0) just because the Central B schedule is so much softer for the purposes of accumulating wins. But I think an honorable mention here should go to Ridley (7-10-4) for its near-Cinderella run in the Flyers Cup Class AA (again, the classification makes little sense). The No. 19 Green Raiders claimed a 1-0 win in four overtimes over Pennridge and gave No. 3 seed Downingtown East all it wanted in a 2-1 loss in the first round.