Taking the title
The Southern Maryland Sabres Squirt Rec hockey team won the CCHL Wales Championship after taking third place in the CCHL standings for the regular season.
The championship was held in Frederick, where the team played four games in a 30-hour period. The Sabres Squirts were the only team to win all their division games.
After just one game on a midday Saturday, the Sabres came into Sunday rested and ready to take on the regular season No. 1-seeded team. Advancing with two wins, they played the championship game against Easton in a tough battle for first place.
The tied game went into overtime and culminated in a shootout. After scoring the first goal of the game in the first period, Easton came back in the second to tie it up. The third period was back and forth with both teams having good chances to score, with defense keeping the Sabres in the game.
The five-minute sudden-death overtime of 4-on-4 ended with no goals. Both teams submitted five names for a shootout and the players cheered on their teammates as one by one they took their shot. Both goalies stopped the shots until the Sabres’ fourth player, Kade Funyak, scored and the Sabres were up by 1. The last player on Easton took his shot and it was again stopped by goalie Antonio Vaccaro for the win.
Pictured, from left and front to back, are goalie Antonio Vaccaro, Matthew Reyes, Aaron Lewandowski, Tyler Bruno, Trent White, Carson Ethington, Grayson Blake, Emily Scheussler, Vincent Femia, Aaron Bowie, Braylon Swor, Dawson Ethington, Alyssa Burlack, Kade Funyak, Nico Vaccaro, Garrett Bowling, Travis Gilson, assistant coach Charlie Gilson, assistant coach Amanda Vaccaro, head coach Mike Vaccaro and assistant coach Jeremy Bowling. Not pictured is Logan Gardiner.