It was a loaded weekend in the DMV Junior hockey circuit as every team was in action in a weekend that included sweeps, road wins, and a thrilling shootout.
Team Maryland Slaps Philly
The Team Maryland EHL (7-6-0-2) squad picked up a win in their only game of the weekend yesterday beating down the Jr Flyers 5-1 to get above .500 on the season and move into 2nd place in the the EHL Mid-Atlantic Conference. Team Maryland would build a 3-0 lead courtesy of Arkhypenko, Deslauriers, and Dobek before Philly would finally get their first of the game. No more than three minuets later, de Ruiter would make it 4-1 and spoil any chance at a Flyers comeback. Bobby Geier would put the icing on the cake with the only goal in the third period to give TM the 5-1 win. Goalie Zach Richards would face 22 shots, turning away 21 for a .955 SV%. Maryland and Philly will go at it again today at noon at Piney Orchard.
Black Bears Split on the Road
The Maryland Black Bears (5-7-0-0) would hit the road this weekend, traveling to take on bottom of the division rival Jamestown Rebels. A team coming in a 2-8-0-2, the Black Bears had high hopes of a weekend sweep to climb the standings, and things looked promising after Friday night. In game one, the Black Bears would find themselves down 0-1 after the first period, but would rip off a four goal second frame to take a commanding lead into the 2nd intermission. Oleksiuk would get it started just 1:25 into the period, followed by Wilmer Skoog giving MD the lead less than 2 minuets laters. Logan Kons and Garrett Szydlowski would round out the scoring in the second, and Oleksiuk (2), and Recchi would bundle home an auto by adding insurance goals in the third. DeMatha alum Andrew Takacs would stop 37 of 39 en route to the victory. Saturday however would be a different story, as Jamestown would find themselves with a 3-0 third period lead until Aidan McDowell would pot one for the Black Bears, but with only 5:30 left in the game, it would be too little too late.
Whalers Host Patriots
The Potomac Patriot squads would head to the southern part of the state this weekend to take on division and in-state rival, the Hampton Road Whalers for a weekend series in both the Elite and Premier divisions.
Potomac Premier (4-9-0-1) would come into the weekend on a five game skid, facing off against a hungry Hampton Premier (7-5-0-0) looking for a weekend sweep after what is seemingly a slow start to the season. The Patriots would take a 1-0 first period lead on a shot from Stephen Thomas, which would hold case for the next period an a half. Coming into the third at a still 1-0 lead, Anthony Belanger would give Potomac a 2-0 lead just 1:46 into the period, but Colburn and the Whalers would spark a comeback just 1:03 seconds later. Not so fast tho, as the Patriots would end their losing streak scoring two more third period goals by Kramer and Berzins, walking away with a 4-1 win.
The Whalers would turn things around the next day however, as they would kill all 6 of Potomacs power plays en route to a commanding 5-1 victory. Five different goal scorers would find the net in McGuire, Kaplan, Hedquist, Watson, and Randle all finding the score sheet. Tendy Dom Rodrigue would turn away 38 of 30.
The Whalers Elite (6-5-0-1) squad would get two much needed wins as they get above .500 and look to start a streak as they would take down Potomac Elite (1-12-0-0) by scores of 5-2 and 6-1. Game one would see the Whalers out shoot the Patriots 51 to 13, telling you just about all you need to know in terms of how that one played out. Arun Cibrario led the way with a 1G-2A–3PT outing.
Sunday wouldn’t be much different as Hampton would throttle Potomac 6-1 with another lop sided shot margin of 46-18. Evan Miles would net two, joined by Cibrario, McNamara, Klein, and Polcaro each adding a goal.
Roll Gen’s Get Three of Four
Richmond’s Elite (12-2-0-0) squad would have a hell of a weekend sweep by winning two 1 goals games vs the Charlotte Rush. Saturday’s game would take a shootout to decide the victor, but not after a blown lead would scare the Generals, who had a 3-1 lead after the first, but would see Charlotte score three unanswered in the second to go up 4-3. It would take a goal from Rob Simmons in the third to tie the game at 4 and send it to OT, and eventually a shootout, where goalie Bernstein would stop every shooter for the Rush. Game 2 would be another nail biter as Richmond again found themselves in a one goal hole entering the third, but this time around, goals by both Schanberger and Dosen would give Richmond a 3-2 lead and eventual victory for the weekend sweep.
Generals Premier (8-6-0-0) wouldn’t have as much success as their brothers in white and blue, but none the less would walk out of the weekend with a split, winning 5-4 Saturday, but dropping Sunday’s contest 4-7 to the Charlotte Rush. Saturday’s win would come courtesy of both Andrej Kiss and Matt Wood, who would net two a piece, with Wood also picking three apples for a FIVE point night (how are yaaaaaaa). Tendy Thomas Lemire would turn away 40 of 44 shots faced.