December Grind is upon us but we have another Championship…..
It’s December and hockey back in full swing and Bulldog Nation had teams in Maryland, Virginia, and even North Carolina. Overall it was an up and down weekend for the club, going 7-6-3 overall. Off the ice we want to recognize Jason Cantor (18U UA) on his Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy. It is no easy task to be recognized and attain an appointment to one of the Service Academies. Also off the ice, remember that Bulldog Nation is collecting items for the Washington County Humane Society. There is a large box located in the lobby, for all donations.
18U AA splits two CBHL games and remain in 4th place
The #58 ranked 18U AA National team (26-13-2 overall; 14-4-0 EJEPL; 5-5-1 CBHL) took the ice Saturday against Piedmont in 4th place in the CBHL and 2nd in Maryland, which is key to earn a chance to play for a USA Hockey Youth Nationals berth. This was the first time this season our Dawgs have met the Predators, but the two teams have a scrappy history between them and this time the Dawgs are playing with a short bench due to injuries and illnesses. Both teams started out with energy and some physicality, which lead to a bunch of penalties throughout the game. After the first the Dawgs were up 1-0 due to a Power play slap shot by Alley. The Dawgs continued the trend with a single goal by Petite in the second. In the third Maggi recorded a shorthanded goal and an even strength goal to complete the scoring in 4-0 victory. Will Callan again was a freak in net and stopped all 22 shots faced. Sunday the Dawgs took on undefeated Ashburn Xtreme. As always it was a very chippy, physical, and aggressive game. The Dawgs held tough ending the first tied 0-0 but in the second period Ashburn broke through and the period ended 1-0. The third period was a back and forth fight but Ashburn scored again with 4:30 left in the game, which ended the game with the Dawgs going down 2-0. Will Callan did everything within his power and kept the game close by recording 40 saves. Last week the EJEPL KRACH rankings were released and the 18U AA team was ranked #2. This weekend the Dawgs will be on the road again with a game Saturday vs Howard Red (DeMatha) and Sunday vs Piedmont.
18U UA suffer a setback vs Easton
Saturday evening the 18U UA team (17-4-1 overall; 11-2-0 CBHL) took on the Easton Ice hawks in CBHL play. The Dawgs got out to a quick start and had compiled a 2-0 by the end of the first on goals by Martin and Kuntz with assists by Malasky and Swindell. The Ice Hawks fought back though and tied the game with 6 minutes to go in the second. The game was physical and evenly fought throughout the third but with 3:26 left in the game the Ice Hawks came up with a shorthanded goal to make the final score 3-2. Jaz Pellegrino was solid in net and came up with 33 saves. Next Sunday the 18U UA travel to Capital Clubhouse to take on the Southern Maryland Sabres in CBHL play.
16U Suffer a rare loss
The 16U LA (19-5-1 overall; 9-1-1 CBHL) were on the road last weekend for two CBHL games. Saturday the 16U Dawgs traveled to Reston, Virginia to take on the Raiders. Reston, the 2nd place team in the 16U LA Conference standings was ready for the fight. The game was a back and forth affair but in the end the Dawgs came out on top 4-1 lead by a hat trick by Janus and a goal by Blanchard. Caesar and Jenks both recorded two assists each. Rosa came away with the win on a 14 save performance. Sunday the Dawgs traveled to Laurel to take on the 3rd place Huskies. The dawgs came out flat and the scoresheet showed it in the end when the Dawgs were defeated 3-1. Finding the scoresheet in the effort were Janus goal, and Jenks with the assist. Mullican was in net but shots were not recorded. Next Sunday the 16U Dawgs also travel to Capital Clubhouse to take on the Southern Maryland Sabres.
14U UAs split two on the road
Saturday the 14U UA Dawgs (8-12-0 overall; 5-8-0 CBHL) traveled to Piney Orchard to take on the Metro Maple Leafs. It was a hard fought game that went back and forth but sweat equals success and the Dawgs traveled back from Piney Orchard 5-2 victors. Finding the scoresheet were; Noll (2g), Joyce (1g/1a), Moore (1g), Wilkinson (1g), King (1a), and Bjerklie (1a). Howard was strong in net and swatted away 17 of 19 shots faced. Sunday the Dawgs traveled to Ashburn to take one a solid Ashburn team. Again the game was hard fought but the dawgs came up on the wrong side in the 4-1 final. Noll had the lone goal and Zeoli-Luisi came up with 12 saves in the contest. Next weekend the Dawgs travel to Springfield, Virginia to take on St. James Gold in non-league game.
14U B Champions of the Hemby Cup Winter Classic
The 14U B (13-4-4 overall; 6-4-2 CBHL) traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to participate in the Hemby Cup Winter Classic, Friday through Sunday. Friday the Dawgs took on the Charlotte Rush and came out with a 3-3 tie. Goals were recorded by; Smith, Cleary, and Harris. Saturday morning the Dawgs were back at it against the Carolina Stars LA and again the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Recording points against the Stars were; Smith (2g/1a) & Johnson. Late Saturday evening the Dawgs played their final round robin game against the Charleston Stingrays. Win and they advance to the Championship, lose and they get an early start heading North. The Dawgs had no intention to travel North early and they showed it on the ice. The came out fast and focused which ultimately lead to their 6-1 victory. Finding the scoresheet against the Stingrays were; Beam (2g/1a), Cleary (2g/1a), Harris (1g/2a), Johnson (1g), Smith (1a), and Boggs (1a). Late Sunday morning the Dawgs met the Carolina Stars in a rematch for the Championship. The game was tenacious and emotional but when the final horn sounded it was knotted a two. The teams moved on to a 5 minute overtime which also ended 2-2. The drama intensified as the game progressed to a shootout. Fueled by shootout goals by Cleary and Smith, the 14U B were the Hemby Cup Winter Classic Champions. Ciucci and Contreal both came up huge in net during the tournament and anchored the team to their ultima Championship. Next weekend the 14U Bs have the weekend off to bask in their Southern Victory.
Peewee UA play three in 2 days
In a compacted schedule the Peewee UA (11-7-4 overall; 4-5-2 CBHL) played three CBHL games over the weekend. Saturday they started their “Mini Tournament” against the Montgomery Blue Devils in Montgomery. In a back and forth game the Dawgs fought hard but fell 5-3. Scoring goals in the contest were Schoenborg, T. Larson, and L. Marker. O. Witt chipped in 2 assists in the contest. Rotruck was strong in net and recorded 13 saves. Early Sunday morning the Dawgs took Reston Raiders Silver at home. The Dawgs battled and kept it close but in the end the Dawgs fell to Reston 4-3. Schoenborg (2g), O. Witt (1g/1a) found the scoresheet and Rotruck again was valiant in net with 26 saves. Three hours later, again on home ice, the Dawgs took on the Southern Maryland Sabres. The Dawgs dug deep and found another gear and were able to power through and end their day with a 5-3 victory. Schoeborg went into freak mode and recorded 4 goals with Marker recording the other. O. Witt, Cleveland, and Face all recorded helpers in the contest. Rotruck completed his “Mini Tournament” with 19 saves between the pipes. Next Saturday the Dawgs travel to Ion International Training Center and take on the Nforcers.
Peewee LA Beat NOVA
The Peewee LA team (4-12-4 overall; 2-6-1 CBHL) traveled to Mt Vernon Rec Center to take on the NOVA Icedogs Saturday evening. As always it was a scrap between the two dogs but in the end our Dawgs came out on top with a 4-2 win. Gochenauer lead the team with two goals. O’Brian and Wilt also found the back of the net with Kellerman and C. Sobol chipping with an assist each. Williams was a beast between the pipes and made 26 of 28 saves.
10U LA battle at home
The 10U LA team this weekend played hard and continued to progress. Saturday they suffered an 11-5 loss against the Reston Raiders. Sunday the 10U LA Dawgs took on the NOVA Icedogs and fought them to a 3-3 tie. Next Saturday the 10U Dawgs take on Ashburn at home.
Bulldogs 8U Black Travel to Abington, Maryland
Bulldogs Black traveled to Abington MD this weekend for a jamboree. They showed an amazing team effort! We split the games and competed the whole way through on Saturday. Jewels Williamson was on fire, and received the VIP firemen’s helmet!
o Pivot Sports Medicine will be hosting an informational session on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) on December 20th starting at 5:30 PM. All members of the Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association of Hagerstown Hockey are welcome to attend. Questions can be emailed to: Bulldogs@PivotHS.com
o With the shopping season for the Holidays in full swing, please consider registering your Amazon account with Amazon Smile and help Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association (Bulldog Nation) continue to grow. All funds raised will be used to offset rising ice costs and provide new uniforms to new members to the club.
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o In December the CBHL is asking all clubs to raise funds for St. Jude. Details will be coming soon but if you have ideas or want to help with the event(s) please contact Alex Nadelberg at: firstname.lastname@example.org
o HYHA is conducting its own donation event in the form of Dawgs Helping Animals. A large box is located in the lobby of Hagerstown Sports and Ice Complex (HISC) to collect donations for the Washington County Humane Society (WCHS). Some of the items needed are Purina One Cat or Kitten Chow, Cat Litter, Purina One Dog or Puppy Chow, Leashes, Soft dog treats, Cleaning Supplies, Medical supplies (Cotton gauze, Digital scales, Heating Pads), Bedding, Towels, Washcloths, and Office supplies. All other these items, along with many others are in need to help support WCHS and can be placed in the large box in the lobby of HISC. Please have all donations to the rink by the morning of the 19th of December. Helpers and Elves are requested the evening of the 19th of December to take all the donations to WCHS. If you have any questions or want to help please contact Alex Nadelberg at: email@example.com.
o The Dawg shop is open for business and there is LOTS of good “Spirit Wear” to be had. Looking around the rinks, this isn’t a big secret, but don’t wait too late to make orders for the Holidays!
Maryland and West Virginia were represented well, with 39 Bulldogs attending and rocking their High School Club sweaters! Thank you to all the parents and coaches supporting this effort! It is amazing to see how many different High School Hockey Clubs and schools are represented within Bulldog Nation! This season HYHA has 16 seniors in the class of 2020 and are well represented in the leadership of each club.
Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association (HYHA) is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 52-2064467) promoting youth hockey in Washington County, MD and the surrounding areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Your donations are most welcome!