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By Will Birks @will_birks
ROCKVILLE — On Tuesday at the Rockville Ice Arena, the Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers boys varsity ice hockey team defeated the Bullis Bulldogs, 9-1.
The Cavaliers were led by a strong performance from senior Owen Mangan who had two goals and one assist, with his first assist allowing for the first Cavaliers goal, the first of many. Involving everyone in their high-powered offense, Archbishop Spalding had seven different scorers and controlled the puck for the majority of the game.
Looking like the more experienced team, Archbishop Spalding created easy chances for themselves on offense, always seeming to find the open man and finishing their shots from up close, while Bullis playing with such a short team seemed to be playing exhausted for the majority of the game.
The chances that the Bullis Bulldogs did have on the Cavaliers’ goal were all swallowed up by the junior goalie Collin Berke making some spectacular saves on the breakaways from the speedy Bulldogs.
The one bright moment of this game for the Bulldogs came early when they had their first and only goal off of a power play, with Andrew Wilson making a beautiful pass to teammate Louis Atkins tying the game at 1-1, however, the Cavaliers would not allow for the game to be tied for long with junior Jake Robuck getting the easy rebound after the save by Bullis goalie Alex Burgess and putting the puck in the back of the net.
Thanks to the Cavaliers penalty kill, they were able to keep their large lead during the rest of the game. After allowing a goal on the first Bullis power play, they were able to successfully kill the penalty the next time they went man down.
In a tough loss for the Bulldogs coach Chris Page said, “We played terrible…we need some more varsity-caliber players.”
Despite allowing nine goals, Burgess played well, especially for having to play defense the whole game, if he hadn’t made some of the saves that he did, the Cavaliers victory would have been far more steep, stopping the powerful wrist shots from the Cavalier offense.
With the loss the Bullis bulldogs drop to 0-3 on the season and are still looking for their first win. The Bulldogs play the St. Johns Cadets on Friday and are hoping to improve to 1-3 on the season. The Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers improve to 4-3-1 on the season after the win and will play the Landon Bears on Friday.