Fallston hockey team has unhappy ending

The Baltimore Sun

The Fallston ice hockey team had a memorable season, but the Cougars would probably like to forget the ending.

The Cougars brought a 10-game winning streak into the Frederick Provisional Varsity Tournament (also known as the MacKenzie Cup) last weekend. Northern-Calvert pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Cougars in double overtime of the championship game March 2, preventing Fallston from winning a second straight title.

After regulation ended in a 3-3 tie, the teams played a 4-on-4, five-minute, sudden-death overtime period during which neither scored. That forced the teams into a 3-on-3 overtime period in which Northern got the game-winner.

Forward Brandon Boehmer and Kyle McKibben played well for Fallston, as did defenseman Casey Jendras and goalie Derek Recher.

Fallston coach Jim Karrenbauer was happy to see his team finish 12-4 after a shaky start this winter.

"We started out the season 0-2, and we just got stronger," Karrenbauer said. "The kids just jelled and bought into the program. It was a tough loss, but we weren't beat. We left it out on the ice, and I'm very proud of all of them."

The Cougars won their last 10 games in the regular season, then topped Churchill in the first game of the tournament, 6-1, before Northern ended their winning streak, 3-2. Fallston rebounded with a 6-0 shutout of Woodrow Wilson High in Washington.

Because ice hockey isn't recognized as an official sport in Harford County, Fallston plays on the club level against other schools in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League.

This team is made up of players from Fallston, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright and Patterson Mill.

Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference -- UCBAC teams play in two divisions in each sport, with teams moving up to the Chesapeake Division or down to the Susquehanna Division based on how they finished the year before. A few Harford County schools are tentatively set to move next winter. In girls basketball, Edgewood is scheduled to move up to the Chesapeake Division after posting a 12-0 record in the Susquehanna this season, then losing to Fallston in the UCBAC title game two weeks ago. In wrestling, Aberdeen went 6-0 in the Susquehanna Division and is set to go to the Chesapeake. North Harford (0-6 in the Susquehanna) will go back to the Chesapeake. No Harford teams will be moving in boys basketball.

Wrestling -- No Harford County teams won championships in last weekend's regional tournaments, but four local wrestlers won individual titles. Chris Hoffman of Aberdeen won the 119-pound title, and Matt Cross (152) from Bel Air took the top spot in the Class 4A-3A East meet. Harford Tech had two individual winners in the Class 2A-1A East regional, Brandon Gain (103) and Matt Taylor (125). Rising Sun was the only UCBAC team to win a championship. Bel Air won the UCBAC title the previous weekend, beating defending champion Rising Sun.

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