They have outscored their opponents 115-12 on the way to 15 straight victories, posting shutouts in six of those wins.
It's been that kind of high school hockey season for the Edwardsville Tigers, a dominating force and the defending league champ in the Mississippi Valley Club Hockey Association.
"To this point, I haven't seen anything like it since I've been here," said Jason Walker, in his second year as Edwardsville's head coach after seven years as an assistant and more years before that as a player in the program. "They're a good group and they've been successful every time they've taken the ice.
"Every game they feel something to prove. They want to show everyone how good they are and it's been impressive so far."
Edwardsville has three of the top four scorers in the league in linemates Jon Weisner (24 goals, 52 points), Marshall Gevers (20 goals, 43 points) and Cory Johnson (21 goals, 32 points).
Only Civic Memorial's Andrew Bond (32 goals) has more goals than Weisner, who also leads the MVCHA in assists with 28. Gevers is second with 23 assists.
The offensive weapons don't stop there as the Tigers also have Dominic Warren (nine goals, 17 points), Devon Fleck (seven goals, 15 points), Drew Lewis (seven goals, 15 points) and Leo Blandina (nine goals, 14 points).
The Tigers' goaltenders are senior Jacob Johnston (9-0, 107 goals-against average, three shutouts) and sophomore R.J. Pluhar (5-0, 0.34 goals-against average, three shutouts).
"I do know they're the hardest working group I've ever been around," said Walker, who played high school hockey for Edwardsville and college hockey for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. "To have a group of guys that really understand the game and have dedicated themselves to doing this better than anybody has ever done it -- to strive for perfection -- is great."
In their only truly close game of the season, the Tigers knocked off previously unbeaten O'Fallon 4-2 last Tuesday at East Alton Ice Arena
It was a season-low goal total for the Tigers in what could be a preview of the league's Class 2A playoff championship. Edwardsville will be shooting for its eighth league championship.
Johnson and Jon Weisner had goals in the first period, with Johnson adding another goal in the third. Gevers also scored with 16.9 seconds remaining as the Tigers outshot O'Fallon 25-18.
O'Fallon (12-1) had only allowed 12 goals all season heading into the game.
The rivals meet again at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Granite City Ice Rink.
"They're definitely our top competition and we play them again next Tuesday, so all of our guys are excited about that," Walker said.
Edwardsville has allowed more than two goals only once, in an 8-3 season-opening victory over Civic Memorial.
Gevers and Weisner have been on the varsity since their freshman year and the Tigers' 10 seniors only adds to the experience factor.
Along with Johnson, Gevers and Weisner comprise a line that no one in the league has been able to contain.
"They've been pretty special and really something to watch," Walker said. "Besides the fact they're extremely skilled, they're extremely smart and they just work so hard. They bring speed to the table that a lot of teams that aren't able to deal with."
Walker said his three top lines and three defense pairings have all contributed to the team's success.
The senior defensemen are David Mooshegian and Matt Taylor, joined on the back end by junior Zach Loehr and sophomores Phillip Grippi, Brendan Raftery and Justin Warta.
"All three lines have been successful, they all work on special teams and do everything," he said. "The same thing with the defense, they all play a lot and they all play important minutes."
Walker said the team had high expectations coming off a league championship in 2012, but the Tigers have impressed him with their burning desire for more success.
"With our championship run we had last year, that gave guys a ton of experience and they've carried that over from last year to this year," Walker said. "It just shows every time they go out on the ice, in every practice and every game. There's no complacency.
"We had really high expectations coming off the championship last year, but I don't think anybody could have forecast how we've played so far."
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