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Prep Hockey: Northstars' slow start leads to bad finish in home loss to Carroll County

February 04, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • The Northstars' Travis Biggs wins a faceoff against Carroll County's Eric Samuels on Monday night.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The seniors playing for the Washington County Northstars may want to forget their final regular-season home game, a 3-1 loss on Monday to MSHL Monocacy Valley Conference opponent Carroll County. Carroll County wasted no time taking the game to the Northstars (9-3-1), scoring less than five minutes into the game. Tyler Swope squeaked a top-shelf wrister by goalie Jeremy Benda to put Carroll County (6-4-2) on the board. Less than two minutes later, Eric Samuels scored his 15th goal of the season for Carroll County, redirecting a pass from Ian Cleary right under Benda. Jacob Deater also recorded an assist on Samuels’ goal. “We came out flat and ugly tonight,” said Northstars coach Jamie Blackwood. “We played poorly and they beat us.” The Northstars had opportunities to score in the first period, but their first goal was waved on a goalie interference call. Travis Biggs also had a goal waved off for interference in the second period. Washington County finally got on the board with 8:20 left in the second period on a power play goal by Josh Barron. Barron sent a rebound over the left shoulder of Carroll County goalie Nathan Jackson. Washington County had trouble mounting an attack because it couldn’t stay at full strength. The Northstars racked up five penalties between the second and third periods, one of which allowed Samuels to score his second goal for Carroll County. The insurance goal came with 11:20 left in the second period on an assist by J.R. Stiles. “We lived in the box tonight. Between the second and third periods, we didn’t have one 5-on-5 period,” said Blackwood. “I had to pull two players tonight because they’ve reached their limit on penalty minutes before they’re suspended. We beat ourselves. My boys imploded emotionally. We’ll fix it before Wednesday.” Washington County’s final regular season game is Wednesday against Urbana. The Northstars start the playoffs Thursday at home against an opponent to be announced.

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