Pa­tri­ots, Cougars win on the ice

Pats beat SMR II, Stone downs L-town

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

North­ern and Thomas Stone each picked up victo- ries in a Mary­land Stu­dent Hockey League South­ern Con­fer­ence ice hockey dou­ble­header Wed­nes­day night at the Cap­i­tal Club­house in Wal­dorf.

The Pa­tri­ots (5-0, 4-0 MSHLL South­ern Con­fer­ence) broke open a one-goal game in the sec­ond pe­riod with four an­swered goals and went on to de­feat St. Mary’s Ryken II, 8-3.

“The guys are play­ing re­ally well,” North­ern head coach Erik Larsen said. “The guys got off their game a lit­tle bit. Ryken did a real good job of muscling and chas­ing us around, but we were able to get back to our game and I think the score showed back.”

“I’m happy we won, but I def­i­nitely think we could have done bet­ter,” North­ern ju­nior de­fense­man Justin Robin­son said. “We had a few de­fen­sive break­downs and they cap­i­tal­ized on them, so we need to clean up on those.”

In an al­most mir­ror image of Game 1, Stone scored three straight goals in the sec­ond peri- od to break open a close game and went on to post a 6-4 win over Leonard­town.

“They dug deep and a lot of things came to­gether tonight that didn’t come to­gether the other night,” Stone head coach Jay Grove said, re­fer­ring to last Fri­day’s 3-3 tie against LaPax. “But the other night there were a lot of lessons learned and as a team we’re re­ally start­ing to jell.”

North­ern jumped ahead 3-0 be­fore the game was five min­utes old, but SMR ral­lied on goals by Ni­cholas Co­lasacco and Liam De­Long to pull to within a goal just be­fore the mid­way point of the sec­ond pe­riod.

But just 47 se­conds later, the Pa­tri­ots’ Justin Lantz scored his sec­ond straight goal and team- mates Michael Cross and Brian Mid­dle­dorf scored 58 se­conds apart later in the stanza.

“[Mid­dle­dorf] is a re­ally good skater and he def­i­nitely con­trols the game,” Knights head coach Cameron Beck- ner said. “We had to get a body on him and we didn’t for the first cou­ple min­utes so he could run away with it. And there were a cou­ple loose pucks be­hind the net we didn’t clear out and they cap­i­tal­ized on that.”

North­ern’s An­drew Bru- en­ing added a back-break- ing tally with 4.3 se­conds left in the sec­ond to give his team a 7-2 cush­ion.

“They came out real strong [in the sec­ond], but we were able to get our head straight and an- swer,” Larsen said.

Brian Mid­dle­dorf had two goals and an as­sist, Wes­ley Cro­foot had a goal and an as­sist and Tyler Mid­dle­dorf and Michael Cross each scored once. Re­ston Pot­ter added two as­sists and Gavin Glaub­itz had one. Fresh­man goal­tender Ja­cob Hunt­ing made 25 saves.

“They had some nice break-ins on him and he came up with some big saves,” Larsen said of Hunt­ing.

Sopho­more Joshua Steven­son had a goal and two as­sists to lead SMR (1-5, 1-4).

“It could be a lit­tle bet­ter,” Steven­son said, as­sess­ing his per­for­mance. “I could skate a lit­tle harder and start dan­gling a lit- tle bet­ter.”

Troy Tal­lant also had an as­sist. Colin Lom­bardi made 17 saves and Bryce Travers played the first and sec­ond pe­riod in goal and made 10 saves.

“We’ve had a prob­lem all year com­ing out and get­ting to a quick start,” Beck­ner said. “We’ve been be­hind in al­most ev­ery game this year and I think the three goals [by North­ern] re­ally put a spark in the guys and they said, ‘Let’s step it up’ and they did. Af­ter that it was def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent game. Our guys fought hard right un­til the end and tried to get a cou­ple goals, so we have to be proud of them for that.”

In the night­cap, the Cougars (2-2-1, 1-2-1) snapped a 1-1 first-pe­riod tie on a pair of goals by Gar­rett Hayes within the first 4 min­utes 38 se­conds of the sec­ond pe­riod.

But like in the open­ing game, the Raiders (2-2-1, 1-2-1) pulled to within a goal when Mer­rick Ki­bler scored on the power-play 7:48 into the sec­ond.

Parker Hopkins helped the Cougars pull away when he scored twice within a span of 3:23 and Hayes later com­pleted the hat trick — his sec­ond in as many games — to put Stone, which is com­prised of play­ers from Stone, Mc- Donough, North Point, West­lake and Lackey — com­fort­ably ahead 6-2 af- ter 30 min­utes.

“I was just play­ing my game,” Hopkins said. “I was a lit­tle frus­trated that we were be­hind, but we’ve been do­ing a good job of com­mu­ni­cat­ing. We re­al­ized we’re short on play­ers; we didn’t have as many as many skaters as them, so we just needed to get the puck deep,”

“We dug deep and kept our foot on the gas,” Grove said.

Leonard­town closed to within 6-4 on mark­ers by Myles Mayshark-Ham­lin and Bryce Leger, but it was un­able to close the deficit any fur­ther de­spite two break­aways and a power-play over the fi­nal five-plus min­utes.

“We’re at the point where skill level re­ally mat­ters,” said Mayshark-Ham­lin of the Raiders, who grad­u­ated 11 play­ers from last year’s state-qual­i­fy­ing team. “Last year we had a re­ally good team, ev­ery player was re­ally skill­ful, but I be­lieve we can put this in the bag, I re­ally do be­cause we all know each other. My state­ment is men­tal above phys­i­cal, so if we have or­ga­ni­za­tion, we can beat [our op­po­nents].”

Chris­tian Coombs also scored for Stone and Hayes and Shane Pur­nell also each added an as­sist. Gar­rett Cherry made 17 saves in goal.

Trent Dean also scored for Leonard­town and Mayshark-Ham­lin, Ki­bler, Bryce Leger, An­drew Severson and Ge­orge Matthews each added an as­sist for the Raiders. Matthew Corolla made 29 saves in net, in­clud­ing 15 in the third pe­riod.

“It was a tough game,” Leonard­town head coach Jerry Leger said. “They played well po­si­tion­ally. They did a good job block­ing the lanes and block­ing pucks. We had some is­sues as far as things not go­ing our way at times. We got out of po­si­tion, we let some break­aways hap­pen that shouldn’t have hap­pened so that hurt us early. We fell be­hind and we played catch up the rest of the game.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Leonard­town’s Catie Corolla, left, and Thomas Stone’s Kristof Lile battle for pos­ses­sion along the boards in Wed­nes­day night’s con­test at Cap­i­tal Club­house in Wal­dorf. Stone went on to de­feat the Raiders, 6-4.

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