Three consecutive trips to the Non-Public State Championship. Two straight state titles. Two Gordon Cup victories.
That's the legacy that the senior hockey Class of 2016 will leave behind. A four-year period that rivals some of the best stretches in any Christian Brothers Academy sport.
In 2013, the Colts won the Gordon Cup over Delbarton, 5-2. For the most part, the current seniors watched and learned during that year, but developing the young talent is a key to any good championship run.
In 2014, many of the seniors took the ice against Morristown-Beard in the Non-Public State Championship at the Prudential Center. In that game, CBA erased a deficit to force the game to overtime, where the two teams tied and were declared co-champions.
2015 was the year where these 10 student-athletes cemented their legacy, a whole year before their graduation. Trailing Delbarton in the State Championship, the Colts scored three unanswered goals to tie the game and force an overtime for the second straight year. Then in overtime, Chris Hayes delivered the deciding goal, giving CBA the state title in dramatic fashion.
Ryan Bogan, Jr. won the 2015 NJ.com Player of the Year, while goaltender Michael Cernero was named to the all-state team.
Although 2016 did not end as this group would have hoped, they still captured the Gordon Cup title over Delbarton in February, downing the number one team in the state. As in any great rivalry, it goes both ways and Delbarton got their revenge last night in the state final. Still, a third consecutive trip to "The Rock" is a rare accomplishment, something many programs around the state can only dream about.