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Ice hockey: Atholton wins overtime thriller in state semifinals

Raiders advance to Monday's state championship game

By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@patuxent.com

February 24, 2012

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Atholton defeated Walt Whitman, 3-2, Thursday night in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League state semifinals. It was Atholton's first appearance in the state tournament.

Nicholas Bogdash and Avery Shepherd each scored for the Raiders in the first period, but Walt Whitman tied it up early in the third period on an unassisted goal by Jeff Marr.

Zach Michels then scored with two minutes left in sudden death overtime to punch his team's ticket to the big game. The assists were credited to Jake Mills and Shepherd.

Atholton goalie Tommy Pappas made 18 saves in the win, and helped defuse a Walt Whitman power play opportunity in overtime.

The Raiders will now face Huntingtown for the state championship Monday at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel at 7:30 p.m.

Atholton played Huntingtown during the regular season, losing 4-3.

Huntingtown won its semifinal game, 6-2, over Easton.

Last Friday, Atholton defeated defending county champion Marriotts Ridge, 5-2, to etch its name on the Howard County Cup for the first time.

Glenelg is the last team from Howard County to win a state title, defeating Walt Whitman, 4-2, in 2010.

First period
A: Nicholas Bogdash, assisted by Zach Michels, 12:25.
A: Avery Shepherd, unassisted, 6:48.

Second period
WW: Lucas Karron, assisted by Aidan Neustadtl, 10:47. (Power play)

Third period
WW: Jeff Marr, unassisted, 10:42.

Overtime
A: Zach Michels, assisted by Jake Mills and Avery Shepherd, 1:53.

Saves
A: Tommy Pappas, 18.
WW: Matthew Bruns, 14.