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Calvert Hall ice hockey routs Loyola in Brother Andrew Cup

With nearly 100 goals in 18 games, the total shows Calvert Hall has a lot of firepower. Loyola Blakefield learned that tough lesson Thursday.

Calvert Hall overwhelmed the Dons, 9-0, in the 20th Brother Andrew Cup at Reisterstown Sportsplex behind two goals each from juniors Trey Gauss and Matthew Curtin.

The Cardinals (15-2-2) continued their dominance in the series, winning for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings. Calvert Hall has a 12-7-1 overall advantage.

"We consider it the Turkey Bowl of hockey," said Calvert Hall coach Mike Shramek, referring to the 94-year-old Thanksgiving Day football classic between the Towson schools. "It's something the kids look forward to all year. We have kids on our team who used to come to the game when they were nine or 10 when their brothers played in it."

The Cardinals, the favorite to win a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship in mid-February, dominated Thursday, scoring five times in the first period. 

Tim Blout got Calvert Hall rolling 1:55 into play, tipping Jack Finn's slap shot from the right point past Loyola goalie Robert Weigman (37 saves).

Gauss made it 2-0 with 11:45 remaining when he scored on a wrist shot to the upper right corner of the goal.

Gauss scored again 48 seconds later on a feed from Ryan Dieter behind the goal.   

Curtin and senior Costa Pizanis finished Calvert Hall's first-period scoring.

Senior Kurt Barsotti (1 goal, 2 assists), Costa Pizanis (1 goal) and Nick Libby (1 goal) also contributed to the victory.

"We wanted to see the seniors have a good last game in the Brother Andrew Cup," Curtin said. "It's the biggest game of the year. It's always emotional for them. Loyola is our biggest rival."

The Dons (5-9-1) gave up 46 shots and managed only two on Calvert Hall goalie Michael Finn. They both came from Kyle O'Malley.

"Mike (Shramek) historically has a good team and we had some significant turnover last year," said Loyola coach Mike Lortie, whose team competes in the MIAA B Conference. "I lost nine seniors. I am in a rebuilding year."  

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