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H-town earns late tie with Raiders; North­ern cruises past LaPax

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

Hunt­ing­town pulled out an im­prob­a­ble tie, while North­ern kept rolling in a Mary­land Stu­dent Hockey League South­ern Con­fer­ence dou­ble­header Wed­nes­day night at Capi- tal Club­house in Wal­dorf.

In the opener, Eas­ton Ci­pressi scored two goals late in the third pe­riod to help Hunt­ing­town earn a 4-4 tie against the Raiders.

The Hur­ri­canes (4-12, 3-1-2 MSHL South­ern Con­fer­ence) trailed 4-1 mid­way through the sec- ond pe­riod, but Cy Har- wood started the come­back when he scored on a tap-in with 9.6 sec­onds re­main­ing in the pe­riod.

Ci­pressi pulled Hunt­ing- town to within a goal when his a slap­shot trick­led past Leonard­town goal­ten- der Matthew Corolla (27 saves) with a sec­ond un- der two min­utes re­main­ing in the third.

“I was look­ing for the re­bound, but it ended up trick­ling in,” Ci­pressi said.

“He’d like to have that back,” Leonard­town head coach Jerry Leger said of Corolla, “but the prob­lem is we al­lowed them to shoot. He does a good job in there. He’s kind of small so he doesn’t take up a whole lot of net so he has to move around a lot. It makes it tough, es­pe­cial- ly when you go up against some good shoot­ers, but he does the best he can.”

Forty-three sec­onds later, Ci­pressi com­plet- ed the hat trick — he scored the Hur­ri­canes’ first goal in the first pe­riod — when he wristed a cen­ter­ing pass past Corolla to tie the game.

“Cy made a nice pass over the player’s stick and it left me wide open,” Ci­pressi said. “I had to get the shot off quick so it wouldn’t get blocked, and it hit the far post and went in.”

“We came out slow, no doubt about it, and our goalie took a lot more shots than he should have taken,” Hunt­ing­town head coach John Krohn said. “We just weren’t clicking in any of our lines. The sec­ond pe­riod we changed up some of our lines and started clicking and then the third pe­riod we went to ba­sic hockey and were able to bury some.”

The Hur­ri­canes had a good chance to go ahead for the first time, but, on a two-on-one, Sa­muel Ny­man’s hard shot from the right side sailed over the net.

“The first pe­riod we started out a lot faster than we nor­mally have and were tak­ing it to them. They didn’t know what hit them,” Leonard­town’s Bryce Leger said. “But we got com­fort­able with our lead and I think our tempo just dropped off. It was dis­ap­point­ing.”

The Raiders (3-4-1, 2-41) grabbed a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Andrew Sev­er­son and Nick Burch and later went ahead 3-1 when Leger broke in alone and tucked the puck past Hunt­ing­town goal­tender Cameron Mack­iewicz (28 saves) as time ex­pired in the first pe­riod.

“I had zero clue the clock was tick­ing down,” Leger said. “I’m just go­ing to the net and look­ing for my team­mates and try­ing to put it on net. Yeah, I was sur­prised it was that close, but I’m thank­ful for it go­ing in.”

Leonard­town surged ahead 4-1 on a penalty kill when Burch stole the puck off a de­fender’s stick in front of the Hur­ri­canes net and fired a shot into the net.

“Any time you give up a short­handed goal right in front of your own net and you’re al­ready be­hind can be tough, but the guys re­grouped,” Krohn said. “Whether you’re up by five or you’re down by five, there’s no quit and that’s what we ex­pect from them.”

Leonard­town was un­able to hold leads of 2-0 and 4-1.

“We had pos­ses­sion, we were in their zone most of the time, but by the sec- ond pe­riod they were start- ing to get a bit fa­tigued and stopped skat­ing a bit,” Jerry Leger said. “Then we had some penal­ties that didn’t help us so we had to cy­cle some peo­ple. That re­ally gave us some is­sues and by the time we got to the third pe­riod we weren’t as men­tally strong and went back to our bad habits and not play­ing the way they were taught to play. I se­ri­ously think that’s a game we should have had.”

North­ern downs LaPax

In the night­cap, they may have lost their home rink to fire, but North­ern re­mained red-hot and scored seven unan­swered goals to pull away from LaPax and cruise to a 9-3 win.

Wirth the win, the Pa- tri­ots (8-0, 7-0) re­main un­de­feated on the sea­son and, ac­cord­ing to North­ern head coach Erik Lars- en, are cur­rently ranked No. 2 in the state be­hind Churchill of Mont­gom- ery County.

“We’re do­ing good,” Larsen said. “I’m real pleased with how they work with each other and the chem­istry. All around it’s been a good year for us.”

North­ern suf­fered a set- back last week when its home rink Tucker Road Ice Rink in Fort Wash­ing- ton burned down, forc­ing the Pa­tri­ots to scram­ble to find prac­tice times and resched­ule games. North- ern played Thomas Stone at 10:30 p.m. last Fri­day at Bowie Ice Arena.

“It’s dif­fi­cult be­cause you have to try and find ice [time] and ice [time] is sold out ev­ery­where,” Larsen said. “There’s not that much [ice time avail- able] any­way.”

“It’s crazy,” North­ern’s Cody Mid­dle­dorf said. “It’s hard to be­lieve re­ally, but we’re get­ting through it.”

Mid­dle­dorf erupted for five goals on Wed­nes­day to help pace the Pa­tri­ots to the win.

“I just shot and it seemed like ev­ery­thing went in,” he said. “There wasn’t re­ally any­thing to it. I just put pucks on the net.”

Justin Robin­son had two goals and an as­sist, Michael Cross and Jus- tin Lantz each added a goal and Wes­ley Cro­foot chipped in with a pair of as­sists.

North­ern led 2-0 be­fore the game was three min­utes old on two goals by Mid­dle­dorf in 37 sec­onds, but LaPax bat­tled back to tie the game on goals 53 sec­onds apart from Gar­rett Estep and Trevor Reece.

“I think our guys got a lit­tle re­laxed af­ter we got the two-goal lead, but they’re a good team and they weren’t go­ing to give it to us and they took ad­van­tage,” Larsen said. “They were go­ing to work hard and skate hard. They have some tal­ented guys and if we let up, that’s what was go­ing to hap­pen and they proved it.”

The Pa­tri­ots ral­lied by scor­ing the next three goals be­fore the end of the pe­riod and added three straight goals to open the sec­ond pe­riod.

LaPax (3-2-2, 2-2-2) — which is com­prised of teams from La Plata, Patux­ent, Great Mills, Calvert, The Calver­ton School and Chop­ti­con — re­ceived two goals from Reece. Derek McKee added an as­sist.

“I think we played great,” LaPax head coach Joey Mar­tel said. “I can’t com­plain about the way th­ese kids skate; it was fun. Th­ese guys are fun and they’re con­sis­tent and when you look at our record and our goals for­goals against it’s pretty even and we have the low­est penal­ties in the South­ern Con­fer­ence. You see it’s a bal­anced team.”

LaPax will play Bowie in the sec­ond game of dou­ble­header at Cap­i­tal Club­house start­ing at 6:45 tonight. The open­ing game will see Hunt­ing­town play Stone. North­ern and Leonard­town are off un­til Wed­nes­day when they will play one an­other at 6:45 p.m. at Cap­i­tal Club­house.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

LaPax’s Gar­rett Estep, left, and North­ern’s Justin Lantz bat­tle for con­trol of the puck in Wed­nes­day’s game at Cap­i­tal Club­house in Wal­dorf. The Pa­tri­ots won the con­test, 9-3.

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