Howard repeats hockey history Lions again surprise Atholton as 6 straight goals help capture County Cup

March 06, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Down three goals late in the second period, Howard's Luke Shagogue didn't think highly of his team's chances against Atholton yesterday in the championship hockey game of the Howard County Cup.

"I didn't think we were going to win," said Shagogue.

Atholton senior captain Isaac Treem said his team "felt confident, but we knew we couldn't let up."

Treem and his teammates were playing well but still had reason to be cautious. The Lions have a good team with talented players, and no one at The Gardens Ice House had forgotten the events of Dec. 20, when Howard scored three unanswered goals to defeat Atholton, 4-3.

Could it happen again?

It could.

It did.

Howard scored six straight goals -- including a hat trick by Shagogue -- for a 7-4 victory at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

"Deja vu," said Atholton coach Jacquie Dzbak.

Dzbak called it the "best and worst game of the season." Best, said Dzubak, because "everybody played their heads off." Worst, she said, because it was "very disappointing to have a win so close."

Howard coach Michael Rand, whose team was outshot, 33-30, praised Atholton's effort.

"We were very fortunate to win this game," said Rand, whose team defeated Glenelg, 10-0, in an opening-round game Monday. "Atholton played a better game in many respects."

Duncan Brooks gave Atholton a 1-0 lead before Rob Ross tied it for Centennial with 7: 45 left in the opening period. Brad Klukas then stole the puck from a Howard defenseman and beat goalie Brian Moscoe for a 2-1 Atholton lead at the end of the first period.

Greg Hendrix's power-play goal with 9: 18 left in the second period made it 3-1, and 30 seconds later Klukas scored again. Atholton was doing everything right.

Then with 1: 29 left in the period, a penalty gave Howard a power-play situation. Shagogue scored 32 seconds later on a shot that hit the stick of goalie Steve Otte and spun over his shoulder into the goal.

"That was the turning point," said Dzubak.

"That goal enable us to get within reach," Rand said

Said Treem: "Any power-play goal at the end of a period gives you momentum."

Howard passed better, took more shots and generally played together as a team in the third period.

Atholton stopped a five-on-three Howard advantage for 55 seconds early in the third period but seconds later gave up a power-play goal to Ross that cut the Raiders' lead to one. Claude Wandeler tied the game with 6: 40 left.

Shagogue, with assists from Kevin Lyon and Michael Koziol, gave Howard a 5-4 lead with 5: 50 to play. Mark Beaumont scored with 2: 05 remaining and Shagogue completed his hat trick with just under a minute.

Moscoe, Howard's goalie, came up with numerous big saves that allowed the Lions to stay close.

"He made some phenomenal saves," said Dzubak.

Said Rand: "He kept us in the game. He's done a terrific job all year. In a lot of regards, he was our most valuable player."

Howard finished 3-7 in the first tier of the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League. Atholton, also playing in the highly-competitive first tier, was 1-9.

The Raiders defeated Centennial, the Central Conference champions, 7-4, Tuesday to advance to the title game. Brooks had two goals, and Chris Grier, Brian Hildenbrand, Sean Farley, Hendrix and Treem each had one for Atholton. It was Grier's first career goal. Dan Havery had three goals and Pat Schaeffer one for Centennial.

Hockey slap shots

The Howard County all-star game is at 4: 20 p.m. today at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Seven county players were selected to play in tomorrow's 6 p.m. MSHL All-Star game at The Gardens Ice House. They are: Glenelg's Andy Lazzarro, Wilde Lake's Josh Lester, Howard's Erek Dixon and Eric Yingling and Centennial's Pat Shaeffer, Matt Sniscak and Dan Havery.

Four players from Howard County -- sophomores Zach Martinez and T. J. Mathieson and freshmen Nick Zahrobsky and Robby Falk were on Loyola's hockey team that lost in the MSHL's semifinals to eventual champion St Joseph's.

Running off to Boston

A group of Howard County athletes will travel to Boston Saturday to take part in the National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field championships at the Reggie Lewis Indoor Track Facility.

Long Reach runners Teyarnte Carter (55, 200) and Thema Napier (800) will attend, as will Atholton's Cian Oatts (55, 200) and pole vaulters Tenisha Chester and Shumul Patel.

Long Reach indoor coach Pete Hughes, who will travel with his runners, said the meet offers excellent exposure and an opportunity to run on a good track. "All the major [college] track and field coaches will be at this meet," Hughes said.

Cork headed to Elon College


Mount Hebron soccer goalie Sommer Cork has signed a partial scholarship to attend Elon College in North Carolina. Cork, who also plays basketball, started for the Vikings the last two seasons.

Cork, who plays club soccer for the Columbia Magic and also is an Olympic Development Program player, selected Elon over the University of Delaware, Virginia Tech, University of Kentucky and Miami of Ohio. Elon played in Division II last season, but will move to Division I in the Big South Conference this fall.

Cork, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, will major in education and plans to teach at the elementary level. She also would like to coach soccer.

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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