Apr. 7—There's a decoration on Dominic D'Archangelo's wall that displays his lifetime in hockey. From his first stick to his final game.
That's where Exeter's senior hangs his medals. He collected four of them during his time in the East Penn Scholastic Hockey League.
Exeter/Mifflin added another chapter to its dynasty by holding off Muhlenberg/Oley/Brandywine 2-1 in the final at Body Zone Tuesday night.
For D'Archangelo, it was a perfect ending. The captain completed his championship set.
"I came into this game telling myself, 'We cannot lose,' " D'Archangelo said. "I need all four before I leave high school."
Continuing the tradition was no easy feat for Exeter/Mifflin, which lost a lot of talent from the previous season.
The players fought through it. They refused to be denied.
"The one thing Mexeter has is we're good at playing as a team," D'Archangelo said. "We really use each other. No one plays selfish puck."
D'Archangelo was one of the central figures in keeping the run going. Teammates knew his history and how many times he skated off with a gold medal.
The defenseman helped his teammates stay on course when times were tough.
"Everyone loves to talk to him," Exeter's Brady Weller said. "He's always hyping everyone up on the bench. He's just a good role model."
Exeter/Mifflin defeated Muhlenberg/Oley/Brandywine twice in the span of five days to secure the trophy. Both were one-goal wins with the winning goal coming in the final six minutes.
Exeter's Lucas Sockel scored the clincher during a five-on-three Thursday. Gov. Mifflin's Chase Young won the winner-take-all rematch with a breakaway goal Tuesday.
D'Archangelo was the first player handed the Royals Cup and took a victory lap with it held over his head.
"He brought our team closer together," Young said. "When we were down, he picked us up every time. If we were up, he told us to take it one shift at a time. He's a leader."
Exeter/Mifflin's players held up four fingers in the team photo afterward. D'Archangelo was there for all of them.
This was the senior's final competitive hockey game. Maybe he'll play in a men's league someday, but it'll never be as intense as what he experienced these past four seasons.
His career started and ended on top.
"I accomplished what I came out here to do," D'Archangelo said. "I'm happy hanging up my jersey."