Spalding's single line change is proving too much for foes

Hockey notebook

Win over St. Mary's puts 2-line team near No. 2 seed

January 29, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Archbishop Spalding's hockey team is surprising even its coach.

"We're actually doing better than I thought [at this point of the season]," Spalding coach Steve Moeglein said. "We only skate two lines, so we have to play smart."

Spalding took a big step toward securing the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference's second seed by defeating rival St. Mary's, 4-2, last week at Piney Orchard.

The score was tied 2-2 before Sean Gerding scored twice in the final four minutes. Ryan Herbert and Justin Sexton had the other Spalding goals.

The Cavaliers (7-5-2, 5-2 league) have remaining conference games with Calvert Hall, Archbishop Curley and top-seeded Mount St. Joseph. The Cavaliers are the only conference team to have scored on Mount St. Joseph, losing, 2-1, at Piney Orchard.

River Hill rising

River Hill improved to 7-1 last week with wins over Mount Hebron, 10-0, and Blair of Montgomery County, 6-5.

Three teams from the Howard conference will qualify for the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League playoffs. Unless there's a number of upsets in the final two weeks, the Hawks, Atholton and Centennial should qualify.

The line of Luke Lynes, P.J. Kelley and Jason Kahler leads the Hawks in scoring.

River Hill's lone loss was against Atholton, 4-2, on Dec. 21.

Hawks coach Paul Kelley said his team would like another shot at the Raiders.

"We gave them a run for their money the first time, but we let it get away from us," Kelley said. "It's my goal to play them one more time, because I don't think they can beat us a second time."

MIAA `B' is `wide-open'

Boys' Latin and Severn are leading the way in the MIAA B Conference, which Paul Bernsdorf, the MIAA hockey commissioner, says "is wide-open."

"It should be fun these last two weeks seeing how it turns out," he said.

Three of the five conference teams advance to the playoffs. With the exception of last-place Easton's Sts. Peter and Paul, the standings are very much unsettled.

Severn got a leg up on the rest of the conference as the Admirals used six goals by Kyle Laughlin and two by Ryan Lewis to defeat Boys' Latin, 8-3, last week. The Admirals, however, still must play Gilman and St. Paul's this week.

Games to watch

Today: Gilman vs. Severn at Benfield, 3:15; Severna Park vs. Bowie at Benfield, 4:45

Tomorrow: Severn vs. St. Paul's at Benfield, 3:15

Friday: Gilman vs. St. Paul's at Patterson, 3:15; Arundel vs. Fallston at Benfield, 4; Mount St. Joseph vs. St. Mary's at Wells, 5:15.

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