Severn hockey coach John Turner looked at the score sheet after yesterday's game with Boys' Latin. Then he looked at senior Kyle Laughlin and just shook his head.
Laughlin scored six goals and assisted on the other two as the Admirals defeated Boys' Latin, 8-3, yesterday at Benfield Pines Ice Rink.
"He scored from all over the ice today," Turner said. "He really had his game together."
The victory pulled Severn into a tie with Boys' Latin (2-1-1) atop the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. The teams played to a 3-3 tie 12 days ago.
Laughlin took advantage of the excellent play of linemate Ryan Lewis, who scored the two goals Laughlin didn't.
"I couldn't have done it without Ryan," said Laughlin, the son of former Washington Capital Craig Laughlin. "Most of the goals I scored were set up by him."
Laughlin wasted little time getting started, picking up a loose puck and skating in front of the net. His wrist shot that beat Lakers goalie Michael Sapperstein gave the Admirals the lead just 26 seconds into the game.
"That deflated us," said Boys' Latin coach Gene Ubriaco. "It set the tone for the whole game. You have to limit [Laughlin and Lewis] if you want to beat them, and the quick goal didn't help us."
The Admirals scored the next three goals, the last one coming short-handed on a shot by Laughlin from the boards near the blue line.
The Lakers finally got on the board on Jamie Waring's tip of a Dan Good shot with 12:20 left in the second period.
Severn scored four of the next five goals to put the game away.
"This is the best we've played as a team this season," Laughlin said. "This was their first loss in the conference. We out-hit them, and that was the difference."
Turner credited the victory to the new forechecking system the Admirals installed recently.
"We've been working on our forechecking, and it really paid off today," Turner said. "We forced them into situations where they had to make decisions faster than they wanted to."
"This will be a wakeup call for us," Ubriaco said. "They just plain beat us today, but I feel like we'll be seeing them again."
Turner said the team's goal is to finish the year with the B Conference title.
"It's very important," he said. "When we started the program four years ago, I knew this was a special group of kids. It's important for me to help them achieve their goals, and show them what hard work can produce."