When boys' hockey teams lose 17 seniors to graduation, it usually results in a poor season. For Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, though, it's been anything but that.
It's fair to say that most didn't expect the Raiders to start the season (5-0). In fact, even the team didn't think they could do it initially.
"No, we didn't expect this," said junior forward Donte Lawson. "We lost a lot of guys last year, but obviously we are doing just fine."
Through eight games, the Raiders are (7-1) and ranked No. 4 in Class A. While the team lacks experience, its new crop of younger players have proven they have the talent to make up for it.
"Our younger guys are definitely stepping up, working hard and playing a good role," said sophomore forward Ben Troumbly. "We have just been playing a hard game, working the system and it's been coming out well."
"With the group of kids we have and they way they've responded to the different change coming up from Bantam has been great," said head coach Grant Clafton. "And then we've had good leadership coming back, so it's really helped out."
Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin will look to continue its hot start to the season when against Eveleth-Gilbert tomorrow on the road at 7:30 p.m.