CABIN JOHN – The Churchill varsity ice hockey team capitalized on Bethesda – Chevy Chase’s 12 penalties Friday evening to handily defeat the Barons 8-1 and improve to 5-0-1 on the season.
Churchill Head Coach Ray McKenzie said his team’s discipline played a big role in the dominant victory.
“We just play straight ahead and we stay with our program,” he said. “We kept our cool. Sometimes kids can get crazy and our guys don’t let that stuff bother them. We’re a mature team.”
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back as B-CC struggled to find momentum.
Churchill senior Jack Taylor led his team with three goals, including the go-home goal with 90 seconds left in the game.
The Bulldogs showcased their multiple scoring threats as senior forward Richard Ying finished the game with two goals, including the first of the game to put Churchill on the board.
The Barons tightened their defense after Ying’s first goal and didn’t allow the Bulldogs to score again in the first period.
By the second period, however, the Bulldogs fired on all cylinders.
Churchill junior forward Aidan Martin slammed the puck into the net for his only goal of the night.
A few minutes later, the Barons circled around Ying as he made his way to the net. The senior was undeterred as he fired his second goal past B-CC goalie Peter Van Iterson.
Barons junior forward Douglas Bell provided B-CC’s only goal of the game. The Barons fans in attendance cheered their approval as Bell skated up the right side and knocked the puck into the net.
Every time the Barons tried to capitalize, however, Churchill junior goalie Alex Plastrik made sure it didn’t happen. Plastrik finished with 13 saves.
Churchill was up 5-1 at the start of the third period.
The large deficit appeared to be affecting the Barons adversely as miscues resulted in turnovers and several players found themselves in the penalty box.
“It started being about head games and taking dumb penalties,” said Barons Head Coach Stephen London. “The momentum turned right around after we kept getting into the box.”
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs cruised toward another victory.
Junior Jack Comer took aim and made it look easy as the puck sailed past Van Iterson to extend Churchill’s lead.
A few minutes later, Bulldogs senior Alexander Abraham passed the puck to junior Zane Begun. Begun skated through Barons defenders to earn his only goal of the evening.
Taylor added the exclamation point with his third goal to put the game on ice for Churchill.
The Barons dropped to 4-2 on the season.
“There’s not much we can take away from this game other than that we need to keep our anger in check and not take stupid penalties,” said London. “They’ll learn one way or another.”