For many, it was the first opportunity to play on NHL ice, which made the experience all the more rewarding.
Up 13-6 early in the third period, the Stars were dominating, and looked to be skating to a resounding victory. But SEAST-CRHS roared back, forcing overtime and a shootout. The Stars would, however, prevail 25-24 in a game worthy of its setting.
Still, the final score was but a footnote in what was a truly memorable experience for all involved.
Photos of the game are courtesy of High School East's Allison Goodwin.
Best of luck to South-East hockey in their state quarterfinal game Monday.