The season is in full swing...
With the Bulldog Bash in the not so distant past, the season started for all of Bulldog Nation. From 18U AA in Philadelphia to half the teams playing at St. James on Saturday to our Mites playing in their first Jamboree of the season at home. It was a GREAT weekend of hockey! Overall the club did exceptional well for a first full weekend of hockey, going 8-3-1 as an organization. It is a long season, that will have ups and downs, but it is always a good thing to start the season in such a competitive way!
18U AA Splits in West Chester
The 18U AA National Team traveled to West Chester, PA to take on EJEPL foe Team Philadelphia. 18U AA (8-1-0 overall & 6-1-0 EJEPL) started off strong Saturday with a 6-2 win in a very chippy, 12 penalty game. The Bulldogs took advantage of the situation and scored on 5 of 6 Powerplay opportunities while the defense and freakish fore checking did not allow a single goal while on the penalty kill. Powerplay goals by Fritts (2), Petite (2), and Maggie, assists by Alley (2), Maggi (2), Petite, and Goins filled the score sheet but Pinto's empty net 3 v 6 goal (Goal of the Week Nominee) off the dasher boards, with a minute left, took the wind out of their sails. Team Philadelphia came out quick and heavy early Sunday afternoon, in another very physical, 17 penalty filled game. The Powerplay wasn't there though to capitalize on the opportunities, only going 1 for 8 with the loan goal being scored by Denis and assisted by Pinto. The Penalty Kill stood strong and killed 8 of 9 Team Philadelphia Powerplays. In the end Team Philadelphia prevailed 4-1. 18U AA continues EJEPL play Saturday at home against Tomorrow Ice but the BIG game is next Sunday, opening the CBHL season against Ashburn Xtreme in Ashburn, VA.
18U UA rebounds against Tri-City
Saturday evening, the 18U UA team took the ice against CBHL adversary Tri-City in a Non-League game. The still short benched Bulldogs again resorted to having the backup goalie skate out to assist the team. In the end the Upper A's prevailed with 3-1 win. Goals by Kuntz (2) and Coulter and assists by Pellegrino (goalie on the score sheet again), and Lathwell. Tommy Oseneek was strong in net, facing only 8 shots on goal. UA Bulldogs face Piedmont in CBHL action next Saturday evening and have a Non-League game against Howard on Sunday afternoon.
16U's continue their winning ways
Saturday the 16U Bulldogs took on St. James in Springfield, VA. The Bulldogs came ready and struck early and often in a balanced attack. Goals by Blanchard, Knutson, Browall, Barr, Briscoe, Cheek, and Ceasar with assists by Blanchard (2), Kuntz, Harris, and Janus just show how selflessly the team played in the 7-1 win. Rosa was dependable as ever coming up with 21 saves. 16U's play a CBHL doubleheader next Sunday, starting with Ashburn at home and then traveling to Medstar Complex to take on Capitals Academy.
Bulldog 14U UA's show resiliency
The 14U UA's started the weekend traveling to Prince William, VA to take on the Potomac Patriots. In a hard fought game of evenly matched teams the Bulldogs came up a bit short falling 4-2. Goals by Wilkinson and Welsh assisted by Moore, Bjerklie, and Corridon-Crum filled the scoresheet with a very solid game between the pipes by Howard with 22 saves. Sunday our 14U UA's took on Capital City Vipers at home. The outcome was very different! Backed by goals by Noll (5), Joyce (2), Hershey (2), Corridon-Crum, Wilkinson, and J. Stoner. Assists were recorded by Veilleux (3), Bjerklie (2), Noll (2), Joyce (2), Wilkerson (2), and an assist each from Corridon-Crum and E. Stoner. Zeoli-Luisi had a good day between the pipes with 9 saves in the 12-4 victory. The 14U UA's play DC Nforcers Saturday afternoon at the new Ion International Training Center in Leesburg, VA, lets hope those sticks stay hot!
Ciucci anchors win at St. James
The 14U B's were part of the caravan traveling to St. James on Saturday and came away with a 5-3 win anchored by a 30 save performance by Ciucci! Ciucci was helped with a strong defense and goals by Smith (2), Johnson (2), and Cleary. The goal scorers didn't do it by themselves either with assists by Smith, Beam, Timberlake, Cherry, and Arnoult. 14U B travels to Frederick Sunday to take on the Freeze in a Non-League "Battle of Western Maryland".
12U UA continue to streak
Also in St. James was the streaking 12U UA. Coming off a big win against Southern Maryland last weekend, the 12U UA Bulldogs continued their winning ways against St. James Navy winning 12-4. Hattrick by Larson lead the scoring with supporting goals by Witt (2), Schoenberg (2), Aird (2), Marker, T. Witt, and Face. Assists were recorded by Valentine (3), T. Witt (2), Lantz (2), Barr (2), Everhart, Face, Aird, and Larson. Next weekend in Non-League action the team faces the DC Nforcers at Ion International Training Center Saturday, and St. James Navy at home on Sunday.
12U B have solid weekend
The 12U B team started the weekend as well at St. James on Saturday and worked a hard fought 5-5 tie. Goals by J. Sobol (2), Gochenauer, Wilt, and C. Sobol and assists by Gochenauer (2), Cantor (2), Tillmans, and Wilt filled the scoresheet. Morgan's 22 saves were the key to the team earning the tie. Sunday was a different story when the Bulldogs 12U B team took down NOVA Red 5-3 in a Non-League game. Goals by Wilt (2), Gochenauer (2), and J. Sobol and assists by Kellerman (2), Wilt, and Gochenauer accounted for all the scoring. Morgan had a complete game in net with 17 saves. Next up is St James White at home Sunday morning.
Bulldogs 10U's break even
One other team traveled to St. James on Saturday, our 10U LA team. The weekend started off to a slow start against St. James in a 6-3 loss but goals by Schoenborg (2) (Goal of the Week nominee) and Kuntz with assists by Kuntz and Delauney paced the team. The goalies split time between the pipes with Parry recording 12 saves and Stoops recording 8. Sunday was a different story when the team came out on fire and dominated Tri-City 11-1 in Non-League play! Scoring was prevalent lead by Mayhew 4 goals and an assist, Kuntz 3 goals and an assist, Schoenborg with 2 goals and an assist, Welsh with a goal and assist, Wang with a goal, Bowers with 3 assists, Delauney with 2 assists, Nadelberg with 2 assists, Plasterer with 2 assists. Stoops faced 11 shots on goal. Welsh was named Game MVP and Schoenborg earned Effort Award Honors.
Hagerstown shows well in first 8U Jamboree
While all the #BigDawgs teams were traveling to Pennsylvania and Virginia, HYHA held the first Jamboree of the season on Saturday. Hagerstown 8U Red and 8U Black teams showed well against local competition from the region. Jamborees are the building block to hockey progression, where teams play "across ice" games meant to build stick skills, hockey vision, and competitiveness. From the reports from the coaches, the future is bright with our Mites!
o Bulldog Goalies, don't forget to signup for "October Saves". This is a fantastic fundraiser for the "Fight Against Cancer". It is FREE to register and entire teams can come together and fundraise for their goalies! There are National, Regional, and Bulldog prizes for top fundraisers.
o Pictures for the 2019-2020 season will be November 5th for ALL U8 through U14 Teams, with make ups on November 7th. ALL U16 and U18 Teams will have pictures on November 7th. Pictures will be conducted during practice times off ice by Bishop Photo of Chambersburg, PA. More details and order forms will be released as the dates grow closer.
o HYHA Supports High School Hockey pictures will be on November 7th at 8pm at Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex. We ask all High School players bring their High School "Away" (Dark) jersey for the picture. Coaches are welcome as well. This is a chance to show how diverse Bulldog Nation is by showing our High School Pride!
o Remember to get any videos of stellar goals or saves to your team managers for consideration for "Goal of the Week" and "Save of the Week". Both of which will be placed near the top of the webpage for all to see.
o Once again, we would like to thank all the volunteers for their help with the Bulldog Bash. It is volunteerism that drives and supports Bulldog Nation in all we do. We couldn't do half the events we do without volunteers. If you have time, ask your managers if they need help or volunteer to be on a HYHA Board Committee. #AllAboutTheKids
Until next week.....
Play Hard, Play with Intensity, Play with Respect, and HAVE FUN!
The puck has been officially dropped for the season!
Last week officially marked the beginning of the season! Between concussion base lining, practices, last orders for warmups, new spirit wear orders, and of course the Bulldog Bash, Bulldog Nation is ready for the season!
Concussion Base lining was a success!
First off, HYHA would like to thank PIVOT Physical Therapy for their continued support of our organization. Your services through the years have helped keep our players ready for the season and when needed gotten them back on the ice in a timely manner. Last Tuesday and Thursday, PIVOT offered FREE Concussion Base lining to the club. Approximately half of the club took advantage of this great service, which is a great tool to help diagnose concussions after a big hit during a game or even practice.
Bulldog Bash was a success!
Even with many families trying to get those last free weekend days in prior to the season dominating their schedule, the Bulldog Bash was a huge success. Between good food, games, broom ball, a family skate session, and of course talk of expectations, over 100 players and family members attended! Many thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time to make it happen!
And now hockey........
18U AA continue their winning ways in Abingdon
The 18U AA team (5-0 EJEPL, 7-0 Overall) traveled to Abingdon, Maryland to take on Tomorrow Ice in Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) play. Quick strike by Chris Rerko, less than three minutes into the game, had the Bulldogs up early and they never looked back. By the end of the half (EJEPL Games are two 25 minute halves with an ice cut at half time) goals by Timberlake, Petite, and Fritts had the boys up 4-0. The Bulldogs continued their tenacious fore-check and dominance on the Power play into the second half with goals by Fritts and Denis. Joyce, Maggi, Alley, Mueller, and Petite all had assists in the game to continue to emphasize the team play. Will Callan was in net and stopped 21 of 22 shots. With the 6-1 win, the 18U AA's maintain their hold on first place in the EJEPL Diamond 1 Division. Next weekend they travel to Philadelphia to take on Team Philadelphia in more EJEPL conference play.
Short benched 18U UA fall in pre-season home opener
Saturday evening, with many from the Bulldog Bash in attendance, the 18U UA's took on the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Ice dogs. Entering the game the Bulldogs had a few hurdles to overcome just to stay competitive. Between injuries and other obligations the Bulldogs were down four defencemen. In team spirit, goalie Tommy Oseneek skated out to help the team while Jaz Pellegrino was between the pipes. The game was very chippy and physical from the start. NOVA took an early lead and took advantage of the undermanned Bulldogs. Once time had expired in the third period the final score was 7-2. Bulldogs Martin and Oseneek, yes the skating goalie, had goals and Ritchie and Kuntz with assists. Pellegrino had 15 saves prior to leaving the game with an injury. 18U UA take on Tri-City, in a non-league game, 7pm next Saturday, at HISC.
Coach Hammer's 16U's rolled through the competition this weekend and took no prisoners! Saturday, the 16U's took on the Capital City Vipers of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In a solid game, the Bulldogs came out on top with a 5-1 win. Sunday, in a non-league game, the 16U's took on in state and conference rival Howard Huskies. When the final buzzer sounded the Bulldogs had a leash on the Huskies with a final score of 7-1. Totals for the weekend included: Caesar 5 goals; Jenks 3 goals 2 assists; Harris a goal 3 assists; Knutson a goal 2 assists; Briscoe a goal and assist; Gochenaur a goal; Browall 2 assists; and Blanchard, Schulman, and Hill all with assists. 16U's travel next Saturday to Springfield, Virginia to take on St James in another non-league game.
14U B Western Maryland Showdown
In a battle of Western Maryland ice hockey, the 14U B Bulldogs took on the Frederick Freeze in Hagerstown Sunday morning. The battle was evenly matched through two periods with each team trading goals. With the score tied 2-2, the third period was where our Bulldogs asserted their dominance. Our Bulldogs scored 3 unanswered goals and rolled to a 5-2 win! Goals by Cleary (2), Smith, Lightfield, and Johnson and two assists by Redden accounted for all the scoring. Ciucci was solid in net with 21 saves. 14U B will also travel to Springfield, Virginia next weekend to take on St James.
12U Bulldogs rattle Sabres!
Bulldogs UA Peewees took on Southern Maryland Sabres, Saturday morning, in a non-league game. Highlights of the game were Schoenborg with his second hat trick of the season, Witt family (Thomas 2 goals & Oliver 2 goals and an assist)accounting for a family 5-pack of points, and Twitter sensation and Goal of the Week awardee Lang Marker with a sweet breakaway! Aird with a goal and 3 assists, Larson with 2 goals, and Valentine credited with 2 assists. Rotruck was between the pipes and was awarded the shutout on 6 saves.
Bulldogs 10U avenge the Big Dawgs...
10U Traveled to Northern Virginia to take on the Ice Dogs, Sunday morning. The Bulldogs were hungry and wanted to avenge the loss the 18U UA's suffered the night before. In a serious dogfight the 10U's took down the Ice Dogs 10-5 in a goal-fest. Mayhew led the team with 4 goals and Schoenberg and Welsh both had 2 goals each. Bieskier and Bowers both added a goal and an assist each, while Wang had 2 assists and Delauney, Burrows, and Kenney chipped in an assist each as well. 10U will also be traveling to Springfield, Virginia to take on St James White next Saturday.
o Monthly Board Meeting will be Tuesday, 7pm, 10 September, at the rink. If you have any issues or suggestions, please contact the Secretary, Shannon Delauney at: firstname.lastname@example.org to have time allotted.
o Warmups and Spirit Wear should arrive the first week of October. Your managers will let you know when your orders have come in.
o If you have pictures and videos please forward them to your managers. Top pictures and videos will be forward to the PR Coordinator for possible placement on social media.
o Remember, "October Saves" registration has opened! Top fundraisers have the opportunity to receive cash prizes, Dawg Shop Cash, and local and regional recognition.
Founded in 2014 in Ashburn, VA, The October Saves Goalie Challenge is a 501 (c) (3) organization that began in 2014 when a group of 28 goalies in the Ashburn Xtreme Hockey Club wanted to find a way to support their mothers, grandmothers, family & friends who were fighting cancer. Goalies collect pledges & donations for every save that they make in the month of October. Over $800,000 has been raised through 90,000 saves. Visit www.octobersaves.org or follow along on Instagram @octobersaves or Facebook for more information. HYHA would like to get as many goalies as possible from the club to participate. Dawg Shop Prizes will be given out to 1st ($25), 2nd ($15), and 3rd ($10) place based on total donation money raised.
18U UA Runner-up at Hershey Labor Day Tournament
Bulldogs 18U UA team traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to take part in the Hershey Labor Day Tournament. Friday’s first game was a back and forth game between our Dawgs and the Hershey Jr. Bears that ended in a 3-3 tie. Snyder with the tying goal late. Saturday consisted of two wins; 12- 1 blowout of the Potomac Patriots and a confidence building win over the Jr. Bears 5-1. Sunday started out hot with a 5-1 win over the Patriots. The afternoon Championship game was a chippy and physical game in which our Dawgs came up a bit short in a 3-2 loss. Goals were prevalent across the teams as well as assists. Weekend stats were; Ritchie 7 goals and 2 assists, Kuntz with 4 goals and 4 assists, Malasky 4 goals and 2 assists, Martin 3 goals and 3 assists, Swindell 2 goals and 3 assists, Cantor 4 assists, Belisle 2 goals 1 assist, Sirface with 3 assists, Eberhardt and E. Jensen with a goal and assist each, and Lathwell with 2 assists. Pellegrino (2-0-0) with 29 saves and Oseneek (1-1-1) with 30 saves. 18U UA’s play next at HISC on September 7th at 7pm vs NOVA.
12UB off to a tough start
12UB Bulldogs also traveled to Hershey for some Labor Day hockey. They were seeded in a very tough division which contained solid teams from New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Although they finished with an 0-3-0 record, the coaches saw progression from game to game, which is a tribute to the player’s resiliency and determination. Players and parents should be proud because they never gave up and worked and played as a team.
Reminder, next Saturday, September 7th is the Bulldog Bash. As of this writing, almost 90 families have RSVP’d to attend. There will be 3v3 games, skating, raffles, door prizes, and of course grilled food provided by the club and sides, desserts, and drinks brought by assigned teams.
Last Call for Warmups and Spirit Wear
Reminder that all orders for Warmups and this round of Spirit Wear are due by NOON on September 4th. Spirit Wear store will open again in a few weeks and rumor has it that the heavy duty hoodies, pom pom hats, and ballcaps will be included on the site, which could help a few elves prepare for the Holidays!
18U AA Sweeps first EJEPL Showcase
The 18U AA started their Eastern Junior Elite League (EJEPL) schedule this weekend in fine fashion, coming home with a sweep. Friday afternoon the Bulldogs beat Lehigh Phantoms 1-0, with Joe Petite notching the only tally of the game. Friday night our Bulldogs took on West Haven, Connecticut in a very fast paced game coming out on top with a 5-2 win. Jacob Mueller lead the way in scoring with two goals. Alley, Maggi, and Goins had goals as well. Assists by Pinto, Maggi, Joyce, and Petite shows the team effort. Luke Hood was strong in net with 20 saves. Saturday morning the boys were back on the ice against Aston Nordiques. It was a back and forth game and even required some overtime to determine the winner. Drew Glines top shelf snipe was the game winner. Also scoring was Joe Petite with a hattrick and Carson Maggi with a goal as well. Fritts, Timberlake, Denis, and Alley with assists. To complete the sweep the Bulldogs took on NJ Bandits in a chippy, hard fought game, coming out on top 2-1. Joe Petite and Carson Maggi had the goals with Fritts, Maggi, and Petite with assists. Will Callan was in goal with 21 saves. Bulldogs 18U AA are currently in first place in the EJEPL 18U Diamond Division but Howard Huskies are close behind.
18U UA Wins in Lancaster
On Saturday, 18U UA traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to take on the Central Penn Panthers in a Pre-Season game. Swindell led the team with a hattrick and was supported by Kuntz with a goal and an assist, Ritchie with an empty netter, Malasky with two assists, and Eberhardt and Snyder with an assists each. Oseneek was strong in goal and had some big saves to lock down the win.
12U A with Blowout in Lancaster
Peewee A was also in action Saturday against the Central Penn Panthers and came away with a 7-1 win. Schoenborg had the hattrick and was supported with goals by Aird, Barr, Larson, and Marker. Face, Valentine, T. Witt had assists to support the scoring frenzy. Rotruck was a wall in net with 8 saves.
Bulldog sighting at WVU Camp
Over the weekend Bulldogs from both 14U teams and 8U Black attended the West Virginia University Youth Hockey Camp to fine tune their skills in preparation for their upcoming CBHL seasons. Like we always say #BulldogsEverywhere
Dawg Shop is open for business to get all the new Spirit Wear!
Bulldog Bash is September 7th, Don't forget to RSVP
Managers don't forget to send stories and pictures to email@example.com to get the word out of what is happening with each team!
For some the season has started.......on and off the ice!
18U AA start their season strong:
The 18U AA started their season playing two games at the new 4,500 seat Ion International Training Center taking on the DC Nforcers. Saturday evening, to celebrate their inaugural season, the DC Nforcers pregame ceremony involved an extended warmup skate, a lazar light show, fog machine, and music. The game that followed was just as entertaining but in the end the Bulldogs came out on top with a 5-1 win. Sunday morning the 18U AA's were back at it again against the Nforcers at Ion. The Bulldogs fell behind early but then dictated the rest of the game, ultimately ending in at 9-1 win. The pair of games were a good warmup for this weekend's Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) Showcase in York, Pennsylvania, where they will face teams from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
16U's Headed North:
Coach Hammer and his 16U Bulldogs went Northeast to York, Pennsylvania and participated in the 2019 York Icebreaker Tournament to kick start their season. The 16U's faced some good local competition from York, Palmyra, and Frederick. The team finished 2-2 for the weekend which was good for 3rd place. Coach Hammer and his staff see a lot of potential in the team and they look forward to challenging them on and off the ice.
10U stay cool....
The 10U team traveled to Devil's Backbone for a team bonding day of games, water activities, and a cookout. Team bonding events are essential to bring the team together to learn everyone's strengths and weaknesses, which ultimately makes the team gel and work as one.
PRACTICES START TUESDAY!!!!!
Team managers should have by now notified all players and families when their practice slots will be for the season. Make sure you show up early and dress, to ensure the coaches can make the most out of the allotted ice time for each team!
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE, ENJOY THE SEASON, AND REMEMBER.....
ITS GOOD TO BE A BULLDOG!!!!
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