The Santa Monica High School Vikings varsity ice hockey team captured the South Bay High School Championship for the second consecutive year by defeating Loyola High School 3-2 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo Thursday, May 31st.

The Santa Monica offense was led by Mitch Callahan, who scored the first and third goals in the game, with assists by Gabe Levin and Trevor Harris.

The second goal was scored by Lucas Digati with assists by Levin and Callahan.

Goalkeeper Mark Martelli led a strong defensive game for Santa Monica to help the predominantly sophomore team close out for the championship.

The Vikings finished the regular season in third place but defeated second place El Segundo High School in the South Bay championship semifinals to reach the title game.

The team is coached by Rob Armstrong.

Santa Monica earned the South Bay championship last season by upsetting defending champion South Torrance High School with a goal in the final seconds.