Freeze Weekly Update 11/02/19-11/03/19
On Saturday, 10-26-19, the Freeze Bantam LA team faced-off for the second time this season against the York Devils, this time at Skate Frederick. The Devils were looking to avenge a 10-0 loss in York on September 8th. The Devils didn't fare much better this time, with the Freeze jumping out to a 7-0 first period lead, then cruising to a 10-2 victory.
On Sunday, 10-27-19, the Freeze Bantam LA team traveled to rainy Southeastern Pennsylvania to drop the puck against the Delco Phantoms. The Phantoms are a Bantam UA team, so the game would be quite a test for the Freeze. The Phantoms scored within the first minute of play, but the Freeze held strong, and the first period ended at 1-0. The Freeze played hard, but penalties, and the speed of the Phantoms ultimately impacted the team, and Frederick dropped a hard fought game to Delco, 4-0.
This weekend the Bantam LA team hit the road. On Saturday, the Freeze traveled to Bowie to face-off against the Bruins in non-league action. In a very evenly matched game, both teams tallied 26 shots a piece, and exchanged goals over the first two periods, ending the second at 2-2. Two late Freeze slashing penalties, however, led to a Bowie goal, and they prevailed 3-2.
On Sunday, the Freeze traveled to Potomac to drop the puck in a late afternoon game against the Patriots. The move to daylight standard time and the extra hour of sleep paid off for the Freeze, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Patriots fought back, scoring the next two goals to close the lead to 3-2, but the Freeze played strong down the stretch, adding a late second period goal, then shutting down Potomac until the closing seconds before emerging victorious, 4-3.
Bantam B headed north over the weekend for the 2019 OneHockey Hershey Tournament. The excitement started early Friday and ended Sunday evening. They found out that Hershey, PA is really the Sweetest Place on Earth! Friday morning, the tournament started at Twin Ponds vs. New Rochelle. Freeze came out of the gate, dominating on the ice. The constant teamwork, crashing the net and passing, led the team to a 7-1 victory. The player of the game went to Sean Velez!
The team carried the momentum into the second game on Saturday, vs the Beaver County Badgers. The game remained scoreless in the first period. Things changed during the second period where the Freeze answered first, by scoring in the first few minutes of the period. Beaver County responded shortly after scoring two goals with less than a minute apart. Despite a very physical game and out shooting their opponent, the Freeze came up short, losing 1-2. Goalie, Gabe Wyant, pulled out all the moves Saturday afternoon. His tenacious attitude and efforts led him to be the MVP of the game. Later that evening, the boys headed over the Giant Center to watch the Hershey Bears defeat Providence.
Moving right along into game three, the boys have never appreciated the term “Fall Back” more than Sunday morning. That extra hour of sleep was well needed in an early rise and shine for the game. The Lightning was the only thing standing in the way of the Freeze to advance into the championship game. The Freeze sailed over to their victory, securing their spot in the final game. Abe Piroozmand earned a hat trick, while Lester Benitez earned a play maker. The MVP of the game went to Abe Piroozmand.
Finally, the Freeze made their way over to the Klick Lewis Arena for the championship game of the tournament. They would face the Beaver County Badgers again. Having a little bitter taste from the day before, the boys came ready to play! The game started a bit sluggish for the Freeze. In a defining moment of the game, things dramatically heated up. This play caused the boys to rally together and play some smart hockey. During the last period, Freeze was down 2-1. In the final 19 seconds of the third period, Forward, Abe Pirozzmand shot and scored, advancing them into overtime. Drum roll please…..moving into overtime, the rink was loud, emotions filled the arena and some of us lost our voices. Center, Brad Cupples scored the third goal of the game to give them the lead. With three minutes left, an almost intercepted pass from Center, Trent Wivell, Forward, Sean Velez was able to stay with the puck, outskate his opponent, shoot and he scores! Teamwork, hustle, shots on goal, perseverance and stellar goal tending were all the “Freeze’s Pieces” to securing the championship victory, 4-2. How sweet it is to bring home the championship banner to Skate Frederick. Way to go boys!
PEE WEE LA
This weekend, the Pee Wee LA team had a break on Saturday and traveled to St. James on Sunday to play their 12U AA team in a non-league match up. The Freeze was short-handed from the start on both offense and defense. The Freeze knew it would be a challenge to keep their speed up through the end of game. It was a great team effort by all, but the Freeze ended up falling to St. James 8-1.
PEE WEE B
The Freeze PeeWee B team met up with CBHL rival Montgomery U12B Gold at home on Saturday. Quick sticks and dynamic goaltending by both Ian Higgins and David Kinnamon resulted in a 4-0 shutout for the Freeze. Sunday brought the Capital City Vipers 12UB Light to town for another close matchup. The Freeze came up one goal short in a back and forth battle which ended in the Viper’s favor 2-3.
The Freeze UA Squirts started off the weekend dominating the Montgomery Blue Devils at Skate Frederick Saturday afternoon. Smothering defense and a blitzkrieg offense, put Montgomery on their heels from the opening puck drop. Adjectives are superfluous, the score succinctly says it all: 11-1.
Sunday afternoon at the Ashburn Ice House, brought a hard loss for the Freeze. The first period was dominated by Frederick but the boys could never find the back of the net. The Xtreme went up 1-0 on a power play with seconds left in the first, and stole the momentum. The second period saw Ashburn pad the lead with quick passing and a very questionable penalty shot. The Freeze responded with a goal, bringing the score to 4-1. The third period saw the Freeze take one to the house. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Freeze fell 6-2 in a frustrating loss.
This weekend the Squirt LA team had two home games. On Saturday, the Freeze hosted their rivals, the Hagerstown Bulldogs. As expected the game started off will quick passes, tough defense, and nail biting breakaways. The Bulldogs netted the first goal of the game only minutes into the first period. The Freeze retaliated, netting their first goal towards the end of the first, but the Bulldogs answered back by scoring their second goal with only seven seconds left in the first. The Bulldogs continued to dominate the Freeze, scoring three more goals to the Freezes one, ending the second period 5-2. The Freeze stepped it up in the third period scoring the first goal of the period. The Bulldogs answered back by netting two more goals. The Freeze could not close the gap and fell to the Bulldogs 7-4.
On Sunday, the Freeze hosted the Delaware Rough Riders in their second home EJEPL game. Redeeming themselves from a tough loss on Saturday, the Freeze came out proving that they were here to play. They netted three goals in the first period, holding the Rough Riders to a scoreless period. The Freeze continued to dominate the game in the second period, netting four more goals and only allowing one Rough Riders goal, ending the second period 7-1. The third period began with a running clock and one more Freeze goal. The Freeze took home a dominating 8-1 victory over the Rough Riders. Special recognition goes to: Reagan Riley with a Hat Trick and Hayden Rosevear and Alex Del Gandio, both earning a Play Maker.
To follow our Squirt UA & LA teams in their battle to secure a spot in the EJEPL playoffs, please click the following link: https://www.ejepl.net/page/show/5011783-10-u-futures-2019-2020-
The Mite LA team hosted the Howard Huskies at Skate Frederick on Saturday. In Game 1, Howard came out scoring quickly and the team found themselves down 2 quick goals. They battled back and answered those 2 goals, but eventually came up short, suffering a tough 4-3 loss. Game 2 was another battle, with both teams trading goals throughout the first half. The Huskies were able to pull away in the second half to take home the victory 7-4.
The team will be hosting a CBHL jamboree on Saturday at Skate Frederick, where they will face Navy, Tri-City, Ashburn and NOVA.
Mite B2 had another home jamboree, but left with two losses. They kept their heads up and supported each other through it all and continue to strengthen their bonds as teammates and friends! The losses are giving us the opportunity to see what we need to work on in practice each week. We are ready to come back strong next weekend!