Durkee brothers fuel Southern to 5-4 upset of Severna Park

Down 3-0, Bulldogs end Falcons' 25-game run


High School

February 19, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Southern-AA senior Will Durkee has seen almost everything that can happen in hockey. But even he wasn't prepared for yesterday at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Durkee scored three goals, and his brother Rob had two as the short-handed Bulldogs upset heavily favored Severna Park, 5-4, in the Eastern Conference Championship of the MSHL playoffs.

Southern, with only eight skaters compared with the Falcons' 21, fell behind 3-0 before rallying for five straight goals. Severna Park (26-2-1) had beaten Southern in the regular season, 7-4, and had not lost in 25 games.

"I can't say how proud I am to play on this team," said Will Durkee, who started the team in the summer with goalie Doug Lyles. "We've never played a team all year that had fewer players than us. We wanted this so bad."

It didn't look good at first. After falling behind 3-0, the Bulldogs (7-3-1) scored when Rob Durkee put in a rebound of a William Richardson shot with 12:01 left in the second period. Will Durkee scored Southern's next two goals, first on a rebound with 10:47 left, then on a partial breakaway to tie the score at 3 with 6:49 to go in the second.

Will Durkee put the Bulldogs ahead to stay when he tipped in a shot from the point on the power play with 12:19 to play.

Rob Durkee added another goal when he put the puck past a partially-screened Derek Brutger with 5:19 to run the lead to 5-3.

Michael Jolicoeur connected with 1:59 left for the final score.

"We didn't come out ready to play," said Mitch Belisle, Severna Park's leading scorer. "We thought we could walk all over them, and it just didn't happen."

The Bulldogs will play the Howard Conference champion at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Wells Ice Rink in College Park.

River Hill 8, Centennial 7: In Howard County, John Eichel scored with 1:29 left to lift the Hawks. Luke Lynes led River Hill with four goals. The Eagles' Ed Ryland and J. L. Feely had three each.

The Hawks will meet Atholton in the Howard Conference championship at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Gardens Ice House.

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