The Howard County Scholastic Hockey Association continued its winter season last week.
Glenelg faced off against Mt. Hebron in an exciting fast-paced game, with the Gladiators earning a 5-3 victory. The goal horn remained silent for the first 10 minutes of the first period as the two teams battled it out. With about three minutes left before the first intermission, Glenelg's Johnny Lyons put an unassisted score on the board. Less than two minutes later, Mt. Hebron's Joseph Petti answered back on a power play goal that was assisted by Morgan Martin.
Just 40 seconds into the second period, Glenelg fired back with a goal from Griffin Birsa (unassisted). Glenelg stayed hot, putting three more shots between the pipes in the next seven minutes. The Gladiators' goals were from Matt Retzbach (shorthanded, assisted by Lyons), Birsa (power play, assisted by Lyons) and Karen Hudson (assisted by Birsa). The Vikings fought back with five minutes left in the second period. Casey DuBois started the Mt. Hebron comeback with a goal assisted by Petti.
With just 30 seconds left in the middle period, James Burke put up what would be the last goal of the game (power play assisted by DuBois) for Mt. Hebron. The third period would go scoreless. Chris Dillon recorded the win in the net for Glenelg, stopping 17 shots on goal. Kevin Duke started in net for Mt. Hebron and stopped 14 shots. Brian Spiegler would finish the contest with 16 saves for Mt. Hebron.
River Hill blanked Centennial, 8-0, in the last game before the Thanksgiving break. Centennial goalie Owen Marcinek stopped an amazing 49 shots, but his play in net wasn't enough to put the Eagles over the edge. Liam Pedersen (unassisted), Ryan Grimes (unassisted), Daniel Schulman (unassisted), Shasta Braithwaite (assisted by G. Gupta), and Logan Pratt (assisted by G. Gupta and K. Green) all scored in the first period for the Hawks.
The Eagles continued to play hard, putting multiple shots on River Hill goalie Will Barrett. But with no Centennial shots finding the net, River Hill was able to further extend its lead with three more goals. Phillip Shebel (assisted by S. Braithwaite), Daniel Shulman (assisted by P. Shebel and S. Braithwaite) and S. Braithwaite (unassisted) also recorded scores for the Hawks.
This week, WHO faces Atholton on Dec. 4 and Reservoir battles Centennial on Dec. 5. Marriotts Ridge will play Glenelg, while River Hill will face Long Reach, on Dec. 6 in a Friday night double-header.