Richard (17-12-1) reached the state semis again with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Ann Arbor Richard in the quarterfinals. The Pioneers then ran into a powerful Houghton team in the semis and suffered an 8-0 defeat.
In the regional round of the playoffs, Richard knocked off Temperance Bedford 2-0, Monroe SMCC 5-4 and then Grosse Ile 6-1 to claim its second consecutive regional title.
Nathan Vazquez, Richard: Vazquez played a key role in getting Richard back to the state semifinals. The junior forward scored 25 goals and he picked up 19 assists. He went on to earn an all-state honorable mention.
Chance DeSana, Richard: DeSana helped guide Richard back to the state semifinals in 2018-19. The senior forward scored 19 goals and had 15 assists in a season where he was named Second-Team All-Metro League East. He had the game-winning goal in overtime of the state quarterfinals. Last season he netted the game-winner in overtime of the regional final.
Jake Emery, Richard: Emery played a big role in Richard’s run to the state semifinals. The junior was the top defenseman on a squad that shut down some of the state’s top teams. Offensively, he finished with six goals and 26 assists. Emery went on to pick up Second-Team All-Metro League East honors.
Drew Adams, Richard: Adams was described as the “backbone of our team” by Richard coach Ricky DeSana. The junior goaltender went 16-9 with a .914 save percentage and a GAA of 2.63. He was an All-Metro League East Second-Team pick in a season that included a state quarterfinal win and a 36-save performance in a victory over U-D Jesuit.
Frank Klamerus, Richard: Klamerus wrapped up the hockey portion of his athletic career with an impressive season. The senior forward scored 10 goals and had 11 assists. In addition, the All-Metro League East Second-Team selection regularly shut down the opposition’s top scoring threats.
Zach Slowik, Richard: Slowik, a senior forward, served as a leader for Richard. Pioneers coach Rick DeSana said that with Slowik in the game, it was “like having a coach on the ice to make sure the correct plan is executed.” The All-Metro League East Honorable Mention scored four goals and had 13 assists.