MLK Weekend is a Tournament Weekend for 5 Bulldog Teams
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend is an annual tournament weekend for many clubs. Last weekend five Dawg packs were spread out between Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh & Philadelphia, PA, and Charleston, SC. Two of Dawg packs made it to the Championship in their respective tournaments but both fell a bit short and brought home 2nd Place medals, a trophy, and a Banner. The other three teams did well playing against some quality teams and representing Bulldog Nation in a positive manner. As everyone has seen from social media and the website, Bulldog Nation is doing a FANTASTIC job fundraising for St. Jude in “Score for St. Jude”. As of this writing Bulldog Nation has raised $3,463 with two weeks left to reach our club goal of $5,000! Spread the word far and wide through Bulldog Nation and help the club meet its goal and possibly get your team a special prize from HYHA!
18U AA Go 4-1 in Cleveland
The #65 ranked 18U AA National team (35-17-3 overall; 16-4-0 EJEPL; 8-8-3 CBHL) traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to take part in the Rock and Roll Cup. The team was coming in on a two game win streak but the team during the weekend would be playing with a very short bench (12 skaters and 2 goalies) due to previous family plans. Friday afternoon the Dawgs took on the Bloomington Thunder and dictated the game from the beginning which ended with a Dawgs 5-1 win off of scoring from; Petite (1g/2a), Maggi (1g/2a), Pinto (1g), Glines (1g), Hammer (1g), and Denis (1a). Callan was solid in net giving up just the one goal. Friday Night the Dawgs took on the North Coast Collision a local Cleveland team. The Dawgs came out on fire and dominated the Collision 5-0. Finding the scoresheet were; Maggi (2g), Denis (1g/2a), Rerko (1g/1a), Timberlake (1g), and Lorenzen (1a). Hood was a beast between the pipes and recorded the shutout. Saturday afternoon the Dawgs took on Indian Hill Rangers, a local Prep team. The game was hard fought and a lot closer the games the previous day. In the end though, the Dawgs prevailed with a 3-1 victory, which guaranteed them a berth into the Semifinals. Scoring were; Maggi (2g), Alley (1g), and Pinto, Petite, Rerko, and Lorenzen all (1a) each. Again “Brickwall Will” Callan swatted away the numerous shots faced for the win. In a much delayed Semifinal game which didn’t start until 10:45pm Saturday night the Dawgs took on the Wildcats from Evanston, Illinois. The game was a match between two equal teams. The first goal was scored halfway through the second period by Pinto. In the third the Wildcats pulled their goalie on a Powerplay and tied the game with 1:14 left in the game. With 26 seconds left in the game though, Joyce came through off a faceoff, drove the net and potted the game winning goal. Sunday afternoon in the Championship game it was a rematch between our Dawgs and Bloomington. With lake effect snow and a strong wind outside, the Dawgs started off the game with a goal in the second period but then fatigue caught up with the short benched Dawgs. Bloomington tied the game and quickly went up by one. The Dawgs fought but the suspiciously fresh legs of the Thunder were too much and the Dawgs fell 3-1 in the Championship. Maggi scored the lone goal unassisted and Will Callan was named #MVP. Next weekend the Dawgs have a single CBHL game versus the Piedmont Predators in Haymarket, which is a must win game due to the closeness of the CBHL standings.
18U UA Face Stiff Competition in Pittsburgh
The 18U UA team (22-8-1 overall; 15-3-0 CBHL) traveled to Pittsburgh last weekend to participate in the Midwinter Classic. Saturday morning the Dawgs took on the West Chester Quakers in their initial game of the tournament. The travel was tough for the Dawgs to shake off and fell to the Quakers 5-0. Late Saturday night the Dawgs took on the Dayton Stealth and came out victors. Scoring were Malasky (1g/1a), Swindell (1g), and Martin (1a). Sunday early afternoon the Dawgs took on the Charlotte Rush 18U AA and fell 4-0. Saturday evening the Dawgs tried to come away with an even record for the weekend but fell to the Indiana Chiefs 2-0. The 18U UA Dawgs have a lone game this coming weekend versus the Metro Maple Leafs Saturday night in CBHL play.
16U’s Head South and Play Up
The 16U LA (23-11-1 overall; 13-1-1 CBHL) traveled to Charleston, SC to participate in the Palmetto State Golden Puck Tournament. The 16U Dawgs played "up" for the tournament to gain experience in preparation for the stretch run of the CBHL season and playoffs. Saturday morning the 16U Dawgs took on the Swamp Rabbits 16U AA. It was a hard fought game and our Dawgs kept it close but in the end they fell 3-1. Browall recorded the lone goal with assists from Hill and Harris. Rosa was athletic in net and kept his team in the game. In a quick turnaround the Dawgs took on the Carolina Jr Hurricanes 15U AA three hours after leaving the ice from the first game. The Dawgs fought hard, Mullican and Rosa shared time in net and kept it close, but in the end the Dawgs fell 4-0. Sunday afternoon the Dawgs took on the Richmond Generals. Again the Dawgs were fighters but fell again 6-3. Scoring for the Dawgs were Schuman, Browall, and Janus with goals, and Briscoe and Caesar provided assists. Rosa again was in net and played a solid game. Sunday night in their last game of the tournament, the Dawgs faced the North Carolina Force 16U UA. The Dawg legs were gone but they showed resilience and fought but fell 5-1. Next weekend the 16U Dawgs play a single CBHL game Sunday vs Bowie at HISC.
14U UAs Fall in OT in Championship Game
The 14U UA Dawgs (13-17-1 overall; 6-9-0 CBHL) traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to also participate in the Midwinter Classic. Saturday in their first game the 14U UA Dawgs took on the South Florida Golden Wolves. The Dawgs came out on fire and took it to the Wolves. When the final horn sounded the Dawgs skated away with a 6-3 win. Finding the scoresheet were; Hersey (3g), Wilkinson (2g), Joyce (1g), Bjerklie and Corridon-Crum (1a) each. Howard was solid between the pipes. Sunday the Dawgs took on Hoffman Estates Timberwolves AA. This was a true battle between two solid teams. The Dawgs fought harder though and came out on top with a 4-3 victory. Scoring were; Noll (2g), Wilkinson and J. Stoner (1g) each, Bjerklie, Shannon, Moore, and Veilleux (1a) each. Zeoli-Luisi was a beast in net and gave his team the chance to win. Monday morning the Dawgs took on the local Steel City Ice Renegades. The early morning must not have agreed with the Dawgs because they fell 5-0 but even with the loss the Dawgs moved into the Championship game. Monday afternoon in the Championship game it was a do over from the morning’s game pitting the Dawgs vs the Ice Renegades. The Dawgs knew what to do and came out fighting. They had seen the strengths of the Ice Renegades early and countered them, work the game to a stalemate and into overtime. In overtime though the Ice Renegades gained an opening and found the back of the net for the 1-0 overtime championship win. Next weekend the 14U UA Dawgs have a lone game in Reston on Sunday in CBHL play.
12U UA Place Third in Freedom Cup
The 12U UA (16-10-4 overall; 5-6-2 CBHL) traveled to Philadelphia to take part in the Freedom Cup. Saturday morning the Dawgs took on the Valley Forge Colonials. It was a matchup of two evenly skilled teams but in the end the Dawgs fell 5-4. Finding the scoresheet were; Schoenborg (2g/1a), Larson and Marker (1g) each, and Barr (1a). Sunday the Dawgs opened their day against the South Hills Panthers and it was a totally different type of game. The Dawgs dominated from the beginning and when time expired the Dawgs came out on top 6-1. Recording points were; Schoenborg (4g/1a), O. Witt (2g/1a), Marker (3a), and T. Witt and Everhart (1a) each. In Game number two of Sunday, in another tough matchup, the Dawgs took on PAL Sound Tigers from New York. Again the Dawgs fought hard but fell a bit short in the end falling 3-2. Recording points against the Sound Tigers were; O. Witt and Aird (1g) each and Barr, Kochel, and Larson each with (1a). The Dawgs did find their way into the Consolation game Monday where they took on the South Hills Panthers. The Dawgs came out with determination and took it to the Panthers working hard each minute of each period. The hard work paid off and in the end the Dawgs won and clinched 3rd place behind scoring from Schoenborg (2g), O. Witt (1g/1a), Larson (1g/1a), and Kochel, Face, and Cleveland each with (1a). The 12U UA Dawgs have two games this coming weekend. Saturday vs Bowie at HISC and Sunday vs Southern Maryland at Capitals Clubhouse.
12U B Tie in Non-League
The 12U B (4-17-5 overall; 2-9-1 CBHL) took on the HISC Hagerstown Hammerheads in a Non-League game. The teams both fought hard and to further prove it, when the final horn sound the scoreboard showed a 3-3 tie. This weekend the Dawgs 12U B have two CBHL game. Saturday at home vs NOVA Red and Sunday against Montgomery Gold in Rockville.
o HYHA will be promoting Western Maryland Warriors and Rage tournament teams; Warriors (Co-Ed Spring) and Rage (Girls Only Winter/Spring) who will fall under the HYHA umbrella during the their seasons. Registration is now open for both of these great programs which allow players to stay on the ice during the offseason and join other players from all over the DMV and Western Maryland Area. Go to "Spring Programs" for more information and links to registration.
o As stated above, in January Bulldog Nation along with our partners clubs in the CBHL, will be raising funds for St. Jude and its fight against Childhood Cancer. We will be using a platform called Pledge It to keep track of donations and to create fundraising pages for the players. The players can either get flat donations or pledges for each goal that their team scores. Currently Bulldog Nation has raised $3,463 and the monthly goal for the entire club is $5,000. Currently Bulldog Nation is 5th in the CBHL in fundraising behind, Ashburn, Howard, Bowie, and Frederick. We all know we are a better organization than those clubs, so let’s see if we can beat them in supporting “Score for St. Jude”. If each team raises $500 then we will have it made! Currently the highest raising team within in Bulldog Nation is the 18U AA team who is ranked 8th in the team competition, having raised $852. Information has been sent to each team’s manager for distribution to parents and players. If you have questions please contact Alex Nadelberg at email@example.com.
o Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex, with the help of Pride Philanthropy, will be reaching out for donations and leads for others who will be interested in donating towards a second sheet of ice. More information will be forth coming.
o Don’t forget to consider registering your Amazon account with Amazon Smile and help Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association (Bulldog Nation) continue to grow. This is FREE money that can be sent to the club, after each purchase, will help offset rising ice costs and provide new uniforms to new members to the club.
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Bulldog Nation.
Please follow the link below which can help answer any questions you may have and will also help you link your current Amazon account to Amazon Smile and ultimately help give back to Bulldog Nation!
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!
o Reminder all past “Weekly Bark” editions may be found under the “More+” tab on the HYHA website.
Tommy Oseneek, goalie for the 18U UA, has COMMITTED to East Carolina University, as part of the Class of 2024 and to play ACHA D2 Ice Hockey.
Tommy has been part of HYHA, on and off, for 6 years. He recently returned during the 2017-2018 season to finish out his Midget years.
Tommy is an Honor Roll, Dual-Sport, Senior, at Tuscarora High School, who has a 3.5 GPA, and holds Varsity Letters for both Ice Hockey and Baseball.
Why ECU? Tommy was invited to attend the prospect game last year and really enjoyed the way that the players were around each other. East Carolina has one of the best criminal justice programs on the East Coast, which will be his academic focus.
Words from Tommy to Bulldog Nation: “Work harder every day you get the opportunity to play this great game. Listen to your coaches, never give up, you may be down a couple goals or may be having a bad practice, but as long as you work hard, good things will happen. You don’t have to be the best player, you have to be a good teammate and have good sportsmanship. Coaches at all levels are looking for the kid that will go out of their way for the good of the team, not a kid with skill alone.”
CONGRATUALTIONS TOMMMY from all of us at Bulldog Nation!!!!
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!