This time the victims were a talented Santa Margarita squad that entered the game averaging 10 goals per game. With CdM letting in only 4 goals per game and Santa Margarita only 7 goals per game, expectations were high for a defensive dual, and the game shaped up that way for the first half.
The game opened with the two teams swapping possessions early with some sloppy play and aggressive defense resulting in turnovers and groundballs. Santa Margarita had a few quality scoring opportunities early as they found seams in an aggressive CDM that was intent on shutting off Hayden Ruiz and double teaming him early when he got the ball. Unfortunately, for the Eagles once they got a shooter in scoring position they still had to get the ball past Hoyt Crance, and Crance was doing his best brick wall imitation.
The two teams swapped unrewarded possessions for much of the first half with neither team really gaining an advantage over the other. Stephen Von Der Ahe (5 goals) put the Sea Kings on the board first with the only goal of the first quarter. Andrew Kofoed (2 goals) answered for the Eagles about halfway through the second quarter to tie the game. CdM answered with two goals to make it 3-1 at halftime.
CdM built upon the momentum of their two late second quarter goals with a five-goal third quarter that gave them an 8-3 lead going into the final twelve minutes. The Sea Kings were in firm control by this point, controlling possession and the pace of the game. It appeared that the Santa Margarita offense had finally worn down from fighting off the choke hold that the CdM D was applying. Each team scored two goals in the final frame to get to the final tally of 10-4.
Stars of the Game
1. Hoyt Crance: The junior goalie finished the game with 10 saves. He was a game changer in the early going when shut down some quality Santa Margarita opportunities and prevented the Eagles from building up a lead.
2. Stephen Von Der Ahe: Seems like Coach Mix has a random number generator in the locker room that determines which player is going to carry the offensive load on any given night. Today it was Von Der Ahe’s turn and the big sophomore responded with 5 goals. Watching him play, its hard to believe that we were writing about his first varsity goal less than two months ago.
3. Brett Greenlee: You won’t see much about him by looking at the stats sheet but he played Shut Down defense that was intstrumental in CdM’s success in this game.
Stephen Von Der Ahe 5 goals
Noah Howe 2/ goals,
Ben Palitz 1 goal, 2 assists
Jay Damon 1 goal, a assist
Sherwin Gersten 1 goal
Andrew Kofoed: 3 Goals
Nico Houser: 1 Goal 1 Assist
Zach Taylor: 1 Assist
Michael Senecal: 1 Assist
Hayden Ruiz: 1 Assist.