The University School of Milwaukee Wildcats boys’ hockey team earned a fifth-straight trip to the WIAA Division I Boys Hockey State Tournament, but could not get past undefeated Notre Dame Academy, falling to the top-seed Tritons 7–4 on Friday, March 3 in a state semifinal game at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin. The Tritons would go on to win the state championship the following day.
Jack McGregor ’24 garnered a hat trick in the loss, with the other goal coming from Augie Wolf ’23. Mateo Nunag ’25 assisted on three of the goals, while Jack Torinus ’24 finished with two assists and Liam Fetherston ’26 assisted on the final Wildcats goal of the game. Goalie Mason Grenier ’24 finished with 30 saves.
The Wildcats had advanced to the state semifinals following a 4–2 victory over the Brookfield Stars in the sectional final hosted in Brookfield. USM finished its season with a 19-9 record.
The USM boys’ hockey program has advanced to state 16 times since it began participating in the WIAA state tournament, with its first appearance coming in 1998. The Wildcats have won three WIAA state titles, in 2006, 2010, and most recently in 2019, which served as the start of the current five-year run of state tournament appearances. USM has taken part in the Division 1 tournament since the WIAA went to two divisions in 2020.