Sean England (50) slamming the puck in to lift the Bulldogs above the Eagles wings (Photo Credit: © Steven Holland/Viva Loudoun)
Ashburn, VA (March 19, 2016) – The Stone Bridge Bulldogs were hungry Saturday morning as they came out slinging (the puck that is). With 8:25 off the clock in the first period, Thomas Ryerse (22) was first to put the puck in the net. He was assited by Ian Ross (24) and his brother Nick Ryerse (6). Matthew Mann (27) answered back with a power play goal giving the Eagles their first goal in the period, keeping the score close 2-1. This goal fired up the Bulldogs and Sean England (50) answered with an unassisted goal to lift up the Bulldogs. It was the wind that helped lift the Bulldogs above the Eagles wings as they continued to sling two more goals into the net. Nick Haeff (16) with a power play goal assisted by Jack Turner (7), and Haeff with his second of the period assisted by Ashwin Deena (91).
In the second period, there were a total of four goals that the puck made it past the goalie into the net. A pair of goals by each team. The Eagles had their second goal by Ian Sabb (5) assisted by Cameron McEachern (12). Stone Bridge’ Ian Ross answered 2 minutes and 47 seconds later with a power play goal, assisted by Nick Ryerse (6) and Ryan Leibold (9). Trying to make a comeback, Matthew Horowitz (81), assisted by McEachern and Sabb, slammed the puck in past Stone Bridge goalie, Sam Kukulich (31). The second period didn’t end with just three goals, Thomas Ryerse (22) assisted by Michael McDonald (13) slapped in his second goal of the game to close out the period.
After an ice cut (a freshening up of the ice rink surface) and a team chat in the locker rooms, the Bulldogs and Eagles had some unfinished business to take care of in the third period. The Eagles started off with Sabb scoring with 10:15 on the clock, assisted by Matthew Hauptman (51) to get the momentum moving their way. However, the Bulldogs weren’t going to allow that to happen. They dug in and did not allow another Eagle goal for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs were able to seal the win with a power play goal by Luke Giroux (11), assisted by Nick Ryerse (6). This is the win that Stone Bridge needed to advance to the National Championship quarterfinal game on Sunday. The time will be announced on the USA Hockey National Championship website.
Viva Loudoun Photographer, Steven Holland, was rink-side above the glass capturing the hard work of both teams and stay tuned for a photo gallery posting on the Viva Loudoun Photo Website.
The box score, scoring plays by period and team stats are listed below.
|Stone Douglas FL||1||2||1||4|
|Stone Bridge VA||4||2||1||7|
Scoring Plays by Period
|Period / Time||Team||Play||Stone Douglas FL||Stone Bridge VA|
|1st / 8:25||Stone Bridge VA||#22 Thomas Ryerse (even strength) (#24 Ian Ross, #6 Nicholas Ryerse)||0||1|
|1st / 10:54||Stone Bridge VA||#16 Nicholas Haeff (power play) (#7 Jack Turner)||0||2|
|1st / 13:47||Stone Douglas FL||#13 Matthew Mann (power play)||1||2|
|1st / 14:51||Stone Bridge VA||#50 Sean England (even strength)||1||3|
|1st / 15:11||Stone Bridge VA||#16 Nicholas Haeff (even strength) (#91 Ashwin Deena)||1||4|
|2nd / 11:02||Stone Douglas FL||#5 Ian Sabb (even strength) (#12 Cameron McEachern)||2||4|
|2nd / 13:49||Stone Bridge VA||#24 Ian Ross (power play) (#6 Nicholas Ryerse, #9 Ryan Leibold)||2||5|
|2nd / 14:39||Stone Douglas FL||#81 Matthew Horowitz (even strength) (#12 Cameron McEachern, #5 Ian Sabb)||3||5|
|2nd / 16:33||Stone Bridge VA||#22 Thomas Ryerse (even strength) (#13 Michael McDonald)||3||6|
|3rd / 10:15||Stone Douglas FL||#5 Ian Sabb (even strength) (#51 Matthew Hauptman)||4||6|
|3rd / 16:57||Stone Bridge VA||#11 Luke Giroux (power play) (#6 Nicholas Ryerse)||4||7|
Stone Bridge Team Stats
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Stone Douglas Team Stats
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The Fox sends its best wishes to all local athletes and coaches competing in the 2016 USA Hockey National Championships at the Ashburn Ice House and Reston SkateQuest ice rinks.
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