Tak­ing the ti­tle

Maryland Independent - - Sports B -

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.

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