Unbeaten Centennial captures conference playoffs opening

New Howard County Cup competition set for March

Ice hockey

February 21, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Centennial's club hockey team finished 10-0 to capture the Central Conference of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League and will play St. Albans at 4: 25 p.m. Monday at Fort Dupont in a first-round playoff game.

Centennial opened the season with a 7-6 win over Glenelg and a 5-4 triumph over Mount Hebron. The Eagles sailed after that, outscoring their opponents, 67-21. They defeated Glenelg and Mount Hebron by identical 6-3 scores later in the season.

"Our manager [Mary Habicht] has always told me don't be

cocky," said Centennial coach Steve Berman, a 1988 Atholton graduate. "But you have to be cocky, and you have to be confident. Once we were 6-0, we were confident. Leading up to that, we were cocky. It was interesting [to see] if we could keep it going."

Senior captain Dan Havery leads Centennial with 35 goals and 15 assists. Freshman Pat Schaeffer has 24 goals and 11 assists. Also contributing on offense are Matt Habicht and Chris Rohrback, who has been injured and hasn't played recently. Berman said Victor DeCesare has "played his heart out" subbing for Rohrback.

Leading the Centennial defense are Doug Faust, Chad Orzechowski, Toni Pryszomt and goalie Matthew Sniscak (135 saves).

Centennial's season is guaranteed to continue into March even if it loses in the playoffs.

Thanks to the efforts of Mary Habicht and with the cooperation of the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Centennial, Howard, Atholton and Glenelg will compete for the first Howard County Cup in the first week of March. Games will be at the Gardens Ice House.

On March 3, Glenelg, which finished third (7-3) in the Central Conference, will play Howard at 4: 20 p.m. Howard, competing in the more difficult first tier, is 2-7 with its final regular-season game today against Bowie.

Atholton, which finished 1-9 in the first tier, meets Centennial at 4: 20 p.m. March 4. The two winners play at 4: 20 p.m. March 5 for the Cup.

A county East vs. West All-Star game will be played at 4: 20 p.m. March 6 at the Gardens Ice House. Howard coach Michael Rand will coach the East (Howard, Mount Hebron, Oakland Mills, Hammond) and Berman the West (Glenelg, Centennial, Wilde Lake, Atholton).

Howard defeated Centennial, which was without Harvey, in a non-league game yesterday, 7-2.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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