The Howard County Scholastic Hockey Association (HCSHA) continued its season last week, with Long Reach stealing the show with its first two wins of the year. The following is a weekly recap:

Long Reach Lightning defeats Centennial, 7-2, for first win of season

The two teams were tied after the first period when Long Reach got its score from Anthony Valenza, which was assisted by his brother Thomas. Centennial got on the board with help from Andrew Pelleteir, who was assisted by Dean Fochios and Dan Pomeranz. Long Reach then found its groove, notching the next six goals from scorers Anthony Valenza, Dominic Sesto and Jake Bailey. AJ Gilbert, John Kohnen, and first-time player Yu Gong all collected assists. Centennial had the last word with its final goal from Pelleteir, which was assisted by Pomeranz and Scott Yablon. Long Reach net minder, Zack Miller saved 12 shots, while Centennial’s goalie, Owen Marcinek, stood on his head and turned away 34 goal attempts.

Long Reach continued its winning streak against WHO (Wilde Lake, Hammond, Oakland Mills), 8-3.


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Long Reach goals were scored by AJ Gilbert, Dominic Sesto, and Anthony Valenza (6) with assists from goal scorers, plus newcomer Chris Hagen, as well as Thomas Valenza and John Kohnen. WHO goals were scored by Kevin Comeaux (2) and Kyle Konarska, with assists coming from Matt Hagerty, AJ Kanakry, Chris Ningen, Tony Rollin, and Erik Riley DiSanti. Long Reach goalie, Zack Miller, turned away 21 attempts from WHO, while the opposing net minder, Alexa Kanakry stopped 23 shots.

Atholton defeats crosstown rival River Hill, 8-0

In this week's featured contest, River Hill (2-3) challenged Atholton (5-0) on Friday night at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Early on, the Ice Hawks were able to keep pace with the Raiders, but that effort soon went for naught. Atholton scored nine minutes into the first period and never looked back. The Raiders closed out the game with an 8-0 win and their second consecutive shutout. AJ Zeller led his squad with two goals. In the end, the Raiders outshot the Ice Hawks 33 to 13. Still, River Hill goalie Will Barret made some exceptional saves for his team between the pipes. Alec Pilarchek also played well for the Ice Hawks starting his first game at center.