Northstars win again

December 19, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Washington County Northstars' Drew Brooks, left, finishes off a check on Linganore's Nick Arndt-Kohlway in the first period of Monday's game at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Washington County Northstars wasted little time in their game against the Linganore Lancers on Monday night, scoring five goals in the first period en route to a 9-2 victory at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.

The Northstars (7-0-1) opened the scoring with 6:25 left in the first when Travis Biggs scored on a power play for his 10th goal of the season. Drew Brooks scored two minutes later on a wraparound from behind the net. Michael DiMercurio scored in the 12th minute with a one-timer that bounced off the cross bar and in, and Sean Kreps netted two goals — one assisted by Brooks — to end the first period.

“That first period allowed them to get comfortable and relaxed, and let them play their game,” said Northstars coach Jamie Blackwood. “We were able to get some of the other players some ice time in front of their parents.”

Linganore (1-5) was able to avoid the shutout when Robert Tibbs Jr. scored with 10:24 left in the second period, but he was answered by two more Washington County goals.

Keith Koontz scored at 8:42 in the second for his sixth of the season, and Josh Barron netted the puck immediately after leaving the penalty box for an elbowing penalty to put Washington County up 7-1.

Brooks and Biggs each scored one more goal in the third quarter to round out Washington County’s scoring. Biggs, in his first year with the Northstars, is leading the team in total points (11 goals, four assists), much to the delight of his coach.

“(Travis) is such a good combo with Josh (Barron) on the attack,” said Blackwood.

Barron is third on the team with 13 points (six goals, seven assists).

Despite eclipsing its season average of seven goals per game on Monday, the Northstars also racked up six penalties, including three by Barron.

“We didn’t do real well with penalties today, but I’m sure that will change come Friday (against Thomas Johnson),” Blackwood said.

Thomas Johnson is also undefeated at 5-0 and sitting in second place in the Monocacy Valley. Blackwood is confident his team will come prepared.

“I’m not that concerned, but I’m not sure where we are mentally,” said Blackwood. “As long as we come out focused on Friday, we should play well.”

Goalie Jeremy Benda had seven saves, and Salman Yakhuzov had two saves in relief in the third period. Yakhuzov allowed Linganore’s second goal, scored by Shawn Straight.

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