Raiders, Patriots play for the Cup

L-town edges H-town, North­ern routs Stone in ice hockey semi­fi­nals

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­

And then there were two. Leonard­town and North­ern will go head-to­head for the right to skate around the ice with the Mary­land Scholas­tic Hockey League South­ern Con­fer­ence’s Ch­e­sa­peake Cup tonight at the Cap­i­tal Club­house in Wal­dorf af­ter each team pre­vailed in the semi­fi­nals on Wed­nes­day even­ing. The Raiders are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. “We started off the year ba­si­cally at the bot- tom of the di­vi­sion,” said Leonard­town first head coach Jerry Leger, who lost 12 se­niors to grad­u­a­tion. “But ev­ery­body was com­mit- ted and played as a team and if we play as a team, we’re stronger than in­di­vid­ual play­ers and they’ve bought off on that. North­ern’s a very tough team, but with­out a doubt we’re ex­cited as heck.”

“I’m very ex­cited, es­pe­cially be­cause we weren’t sup­posed to be as suc­cess­ful as we were,” Leonard­town de­fense­man Catie Corolla said of head­ing to the fi­nal, “so we can prove peo­ple wrong.”

North­ern last won the hard­ware in 2008 when it cap­tured its third straight cham­pi­onship.

“They’re all ex­cited about it,” Patriots head coach Erik Larsen said. “They’ve worked hard. They built some mo­men­tum com­ing into tonight and we’re look­ing to con­tinue [that mo­men­tum].”

“The key [in the fi­nal] will be to keep the puck in their zone and make them play de­fense,” North­ern goal­tender Cam Mas­ters said. “We want to take away their of­fen­sive threats.”

The cham­pi­onship is sched­uled for 6:30 tonight at the Cap­i­tal Club­house.

The third-seeded Raiders (8-5-1 over­all) punched their ticket to the fi­nal when Myles Mayshark-Ham­lin scored the even­tual win­ning goal in the third pe­riod for a 5-4 win over sec­ond-seeded Hunt­ing­town.

It ap­peared that Hurri- canes goal­tender Camer- on Mack­iewicz had made the ini­tial save, but the puck squirted out and Mayshark-Ham­lin banged it home 4 min­utes 20 sec- onds into the pe­riod.

“When I see an op­por- tu­nity I crash the net and I saw his leg stick- ing out and the puck on the very tip of his skate,” Mayshark-Ham­lin said. “I pulled it out and pushed it back in. It was a sim­ple goal.”

The Hur­ri­canes (8-32) pulled to within a goal on Eas­ton Ci­pressi’s tally with just less than three min­utes re­main­ing, but the Raiders held on.

Leonard­town led 3-0 in the first only to see Hunt­ing­town storm back with three goals in a 91-sec­ond span over the first and sec­ond pe­ri­ods, thanks in large part to a slew of pen- al­ties.

“We had some men­tal break­downs and we started to chase be­cause we felt the pres­sure was on us,” Leger said. “We got away from play­ing our game. And we drew some penal­ties, so that hurt. It was dis­ci­pline at that point. But they also have some great play­ers, and there’s noth­ing we can do about that.”

“I think we got a lit­tle pan­icky,” Corolla said. “That hap­pened last game we played them, but once we got our heads back in the game things started go­ing the way we wanted. It def­i­nitely made us play bet­ter.”

Bryce Leger, Jesse Haf- fer, An­drew Sev­er­son and Mer­rick Ki­bler each scored once for the Raiders. Mayshark-Ham­lin also added two as­sists and Matthew Corolla made 24 saves.

Sam Ny­man scored twice for the Hur­ri­canes and Cy Har­wood scored once. Ci­pressi also added two helpers.

“The ef­fort was out- stand­ing and they never gave up,” Hunt­ing­ton head coach John Krohn said. “Every­one’s de­ject- ed be­cause we didn’t get the win. It’s tough to lose a one-goal game. I’m very pleased with our sea­son. You could see that as the sea­son went on they re­ally started to jell.”

“I think we came out a lit­tle too cocky,” said Mack­iewicz, who made 19 saves. “But we came back and ev­ery­body showed a lot of ef­fort through­out the game and never gave up.”

The top-seeded Patriots (12-1) re­ceived five points from Justin Lantz on its way to a 7-1 drub­bing over fourth-seeded Thomas Stone in the other semifi- nal con­test.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a chal­lenge com­ing into this game, but we played hard, es­pe­cially with the amount of hur­dles we had to over­come at the be­gin- ning of the sea­son,” said Stone’s Chris­tian Coombs, re­fer­ring in part to los­ing four play­ers since open­ing night. “I feel like we did pretty good.”

Lantz had two goals and three as­sists and Brian Mid­dle­dorf added three points (2 goals, 1 as­sist). Justin Robin­son, Wes­ley Cro­foot and Thomas Bru­en­ing each had one goal. Robin­son also added two as­sists.

The Cougars (5-7-1) re­ceived a goal from Cody Bot­torf off an as­sist by An- thony Adams.

“North­ern’s a tough team. They’re fourth in the state and No. 1 in the South­ern [Con­fer­ence] for a rea­son,” Stone head coach Jay Grove said. “I’m just re­ally proud how they came [to play] ev­ery night. We were a short team this year, but the un- der­class­men have learned a lot.”

“I think it was a very pro­duc­tive and suc­cess­ful sea­son,” Bott­torf said. “I’m re­ally proud how the team played all sea­son. We played as a team and I saw a lot of im­prove­ment from Day 1. Re­mark­able changes.”

Open­ing round

Tues­day in the tourna- ment’s quar­ter­fi­nal round, Stone’s Parker Hop­kins and Shane Pur­nell scored dur­ing a 48-sec­ond span early in the third pe­riod to break open a close game and the Cougars went on to dou­ble LaPax, 6-3.

Stone held a slim 2-1 ad­van­tage, but Hop­kins scored 1:33 into the third and Pur­nell made it 4-1 less than a minute later.

Pur­nell fin­ished with two goals and Bot­torf, Damien Hock and Gar­rett Hayes each scored once. Hock also added three as- sists and Hayes, Hop­kins, Coombs and Kristof Lile each added one helper. Gar­rett Cherry made 31 saves.

The fifth-seeded Pan- thers (4-7-2), which are com­prised of teams from La Plata, Patux­ent, Calver t, The Calver­ton School and Chop­ti­con, re­ceived a goal and an as­sist from Trevor Reece.

“Tonight’s game was ar­guably the most com- plete game we have put to­gether,” Grove said. “Our cap­tains [Hop­kins, Hock and Bot­torf] stepped up both on the bench and on the ice show­ing great com­po­sure and gen­uine lead­er­ship [and] our un­der­class­men re­sponded by step­ping up in a big way, no­tably fresh­man Shane Pur­nell. Every­one ... stepped up to keep at bay a well-coached hard­charg­ing LaPax squad.”

In the other semi­fi­nal, Bryce Leger had four points as Leonard­town downed St. Mary’s Ryken II, 6-1.

Leger had a hat trick and an as­sist for the Raiders, while Mayshark-Ham­lin and An­drew Sev­er­son each had a goal and an as­sist. Ge­orge Matthews also scored and Catie Corolla had two as­sists. Jesse Haf­fer and Ma­son Gibbs each had one as­sist and Matthew Corolla made 13 saves.

The sixth-seeded Knights (4-10-1) scored their only goal on a marker by Troy Tal­lant with an as­sist from Ian House. Colin Lom­bardi turned in a 20-save night.


North­ern’s Justin Lantz gets a scor­ing chance against Stone goal­tender Gar­rett Cherry dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s MSHL South­ern Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment semi­fi­nal con­test. The Patriots won 7-1 to ad­vance to tonight’s fi­nal ver­sus Leonard­town.


North­ern’s Brian Mid­dle­dorf has his scor­ing at­tempt thwarted by Stone goal­tender Gar­rett Cherry dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s MSHL South­ern Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment semi­fi­nal con­test. The Patriots won 7-1 to ad­vance to tonight’s fi­nal ver­sus Leonard­town.

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