Now Severna Park goalie Chad Roberts must figure out what to do for an encore.
Roberts made his first start of the season a memorable one, making 12 saves as No. 15 Severna Park shut out visiting and No. 8 Broadneck in the second half for a 7-3 victory last night.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior did not find out until warm-ups that he would start for Severna Park (3-1). But he started hot and stayed that way.
"I was nervous but I used that to get myself in a zone," said Roberts. "I think we came out ready to play."
Roberts certainly was ready. The goalie made numerous saves on 1l close or one-on-one shots as Severna Park kept Broadneck (2-2) off the scoreboard for the final 21:10.
Severna Park coach Greg Manley called starting Roberts "a hunch."
Senior Sean Harrison had started the first three games, but Manley went for the change here.
"He came up big for us," said Manley. "He just played [his] heart out tonight."
Severna Park also benefited from a strong fourth-quarter performance from its offense.
The game was tied at 3 after three quarters, but the Falcons scored four times in the final 7:35 for the victory.
Matt Hart gave the Falcons the lead for good with 7:35 left when he took a John Bishop pass, dodged a defender and fired one past Broadneck goalie Matt Coy (13 saves).
Adam Hurst gave the Falcons some insurance 55 seconds later. Hurst took a Matt Frye pass and fired a bullet that Coy stopped, but the ball trickled into the goal.
Josh Cornett made it 6-3 on an unassisted goal from the right side with 1:28 left.
Eric Gibbons sealed the victory with a goal at the 35-second mark after a Ryan Scaffe pass.
L Broadneck had its chances, but the Bruins could not convert.
After John Lengyel scored his second goal with 1:10 left in the first half to tie the game at 3, the Bruins appeared to be gaining control.
The Bruins fired eight shots at Roberts in the third quarter but could not score.
Lengyel hit the post once early in the quarter, and Roberts made some big stops later.
In the fourth quarter, Broadneck came up with only three shots.
The Bruins had three extra-man chances in the final seven minutes, but came up empty each time.
Top scorer Gerry Case was kept out of the score book by Severna Park defenseman Kevin Grizzle. Case had some chances, but Grizzle shadowed him everywhere.
The teams traded goals early.
John Prickett scored first for the Falcons just 2:23 into the game, but Lengyel answered 12 seconds later. Frye scored with 2:48 left in the period for a 2-1 lead after one.
Pete Flickinger tied it for Broadneck 56 seconds into the second period, but Bishop scored off a loose ball for a 3-2 Severna Park lead.
Lengyel tied it at three 70 seconds before halftime, but the Broadneck offense went quiet after that.