In the final week of the season, Sherwood was declared the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League Tier II Public School champion by forfeit. But league commissioner Don Gensler later ruled Sherwood to share the title with Broadneck, a team that qualified for the final game but could not play because of the snow.

The two teams finally met last Wednesday and Sherwood defended its title as it defeated Broadneck, 6-4, at the Laurel Ice Gardens.

"I don't know what that all was about, I'm just glad we got to play the game," junior forward Michael Gardner said. "We wanted to be the public school champions, but we didn't want to share it."

Sherwood again skated off the ice with the championship trophy, but it was an anti-climactic ending to a strange season.

On March 1, Sherwood lost to Good Counsel in the Chesapeake Cup -- a game between the Tier II public school and private school champions -- before the actual public school championship game.

Since Broadneck was not able to play in either of the scheduled title matches, the league declared the teams co-champions. The league later ruled in favor of Sherwood because of its superior regular season record (10-0) and fewer penalty minutes accumulated.

Once they were finally able to play Broadneck much of the drama and excitement was sucked out of the event for the Warriors.

"We wanted to give them the opportunity to play us, and it was fair," Sherwood Coach Ray Donohue said. "But we had so much to lose out there. We won it, but there was not near as much enthusiasm as there was last year."

In the regular season, Sherwood (14-1) led the entire MSHL, including Tier I teams, in scoring with 88 goals. In the playoffs, their offense never slowed, as the Warriors outscored Walter Johnson, Paint Branch and Linganore by a combined margin of 26-10 to advance to the final.

And though at times hampered by inexperienced goaltending during the year and in last week's game against Broadneck, Sherwood recovered from an early two-goal deficit to win its last game of the season.

Junior forward Michael Gardner had three goals, junior forward Ross Edsinger had two goals and one assist and freshman forward Colin Rodgers had one goal and one assist for the Warriors.

"We wanted to be the Public School champion, and anything less than that wouldn't have been a success," said Gardner, who finished the season with 40 goals and 19 assists. "We wanted to win the Chesapeake Cup, but that didn't work out, but at least we won this game."