Gilman surprises Boys' Latin in B Conference ice hockey final

Gilman coach Zach Collins said his team "got hammered" when Boys' Latin beat the Greyhounds, 9-4, about two weeks ago.

This time, the outcome was much different in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship Friday as Gilman posted a 6-2 victory over the Lakers at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. 

The Greyhounds' intensity made the difference.

"It was by far the hardest they have worked all year," Collins said. "They were willing to do all the small things that don't always show up on the score sheet. And having 11 seniors on the roster, I think they understood the position they were in and they took advantage of it."

Senior Mike Schahfer and junior Brice Tucker scored two goals apiece for the winners, but Greyhounds' goalie Chris Walsh had the best performance, making 35 saves.

"He made every big save, some acrobatic saves," Collins said. "He stopped some two-on-ones. He definitely played his most confident games in net for us."

Gilman (7-4-2 overall, 7-2-1 league) came out strong.

Tucker scored three minutes into play on a wrist from the face-off circle to the upper corner.

The Greyhounds made it 2-0 on a goal from Schahfer about two minutes later.

Boys' Latin (7-3-2, 7-2-1) cut the lead to 2-1 with six minutes remaining in the first period when Devin Smith scored.

But the Greyhounds scored three unanswered goals — one in the second period and two in the third — on their way to the school's first ice hockey title since 2006.

Seniors Austin Evans and Tucker Plunkert also scored for the Greyhounds, who also lost to BL, 5-2 and tied the Lakers, 1-1, during the regular season.

"I don't think the loss had anything to do with us being overconfident," Lakers' coach Jim Sandusky said. "They just outplayed us. They made it happen and we didn't. Their effort was top shelf."

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