A team from Greensboro, N.C., came away with top honors at last week's Howard County Youth Hockey Club's post-season Squirt B tournament.
But not without a fight.
Although Greensboro and the two Howard County entries finished with identical 2-1 records, the visitors from North Carolina were awarded first place on tiebreakers.
The Howard B1 team finished second and the Howard B2 team took third.
The B1s opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Chevy Chase. Keith Milli, Matt Brunn and Justin Keller scored goals, with Keller, Milli and Kyle Chacon dishing out assists.
Later, in a matchup of the two Howard teams, B1 came away with a 4-0 win, as defenseman Chad Orzechowski provided the spark with two power-play goals. Drew Zinchiak and Chacon added the other goals, with Robbie Ginsberg, Danny Fritz and Zinchiak getting the assists.
The B1s improved their record to 20-3-5.
The B2 squad scored its wins against Chevy Chase and champion Greensboro.
In the 5-4 win over Chevy Chase, Brooks Brumstead led the offense with a pair of goals and an assist and Mike Pirisino had a goal and three assists. Patrick Starliper and Josh Adler scored the other B2 goals, and Frank Falkenham had an assist.
Pirisino came back to score two goals and an assist in his team's 5-0 win over Greensboro. Brumstead and Starliper each had a goal and two assists, Mike Kelly scored a goal and Miles Uhde had an assist.
The B1 team then completed its undefeated season in the Capital Beltway Hockey League with a division-clinching 2-1 win over Chevy Chase.
Matt Collins scored 39 seconds into the third period to put the Huskies on the scoreboard, with the assist going to Ryan Fenton. Chacon added the second goal, with assists from Zinchiak and Milli.
This marked the 21st time in 23 games that the Huskies' defense held its opponents to two goals or less. They finished the regular season 13-0-2 in the Wales Division.
* Bantam: The Howard Huskies A team finished the regular season with nine straight Capital Beltway Hockey League wins to improve to 12-1-2 and claim the league championship.
The team, which scored an average of six goals a game during the streak, was led by the offense of Bill Carr, Chris Kennedy, Erv Terwilliger, Tim Williamson, Dan Lisk, Andy Lazzaro, Brad Webb, Mike Gibis, Chris Hills and Joe Cremen.
The defense, led by John Campbell, Andy Kurtz, Mike Weiss, Kelly Grimsley, Dan Callihan and goaltenders Rick Thorne and Phil Roache, held opponents to less than three goals a contest.
The team is peaking just in time for the CBHL playoffs and the USA Hockey regional playoffs.
The Western Howard County Heat battled Fallston to a 3-3 tie last week in under-14 boys action at Du Burns Arenas in Baltimore.
Alan Henley, Gene Curtin and Christian Bolinger scored Heat goals, while Mark Ensinger played well on defense.
The Razorbacks and Short But Slow each moved a step closer to the championship in the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Men's Winter Basketball League, Wednesday Division, with wins in last week's semifinals.
The Razorbacks defeated Jilly's, 68-30, while Short But Slow beat the Terps, 78-58, at Dunloggin Middle School. The finals are set for tomor
row night at 8:30 at Dunloggin.
The Sunday division playoffs, postponed due to the snowstorm, will resume this Sunday.
Last weekend's games will be made up on March 28.
Division I, competing at Centennial High School, and Division II, competing at Mount Hebron High School, will play semifinal rounds in the morning, with noon championship games to follow.
The upper-level gymnasts from Gymnastics Plus in Columbia competed last week in the Carolina International Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
The two-day competition included gymnasts from many countries, including Canada and Russia.
In the 16-under division, Paul Matthews won the high bar and took 10th all-around to lead a group of four Gym Plus competitors to place on the first day of competition.
Tim Bulleri finished sixth on the pommel horse, eighth on the vault and 11th all-around. Kevin Gibson placed fifth on the high bar, seventh on the parallel bars and 13th all-around and Wes Cress took third on the vault, fourth on the floor, fifth on the rings and 14th all-around.
Among 17-18 gymnasts, Neil Niemi stole the show, finishing first on the vault, third on the parallel bars and sixth on the floor, pommel horse and high bar to place fourth all-around. Teammate Josh Turner took seventh on the parallel bars.
The top individual performers went on to the second day of competition. There, Matthews received an 8.35 on the high bar and Niemi scored an 8.8 on the vault and 8.05 on the parallel bars.
The Gymnastics Plus team will compete in the Maryland State Gymnastics Competition Saturday and Sunday at Fairlands Sports Complex in Burtonsville.
To submit Howard County recreation information, call or fax (410) 521-0505.