Gilman survives Loyola’s rally for MIAA B hockey championship redux



2019-20 MIAA B CONFERENCE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS

GILMAN SCHOOL GREYHOUNDS


by Tom Hayden

Special to VSN

Through the first two periods of play of Thursday’s Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title game at Piney Orchard Ice Arena, the Gilman School hockey team appeared to have things well in hand against Loyola Blakefield. Taking a 4-1 advantage into the third period, the Greyhounds added a goal early in the frame.

But the Dons proved far more resilient than onlookers might have expected, getting within a single goal on two occasions before Gilman eventually escaped with a 6-5 victory, and a second straight league crown.

“We knew we were not going to be able to pull away from them in the third period,” said Gilman coach Zachary Collins. “Loyola has a tough group  and they’re well coached and those kids play hard to the end. They started making a lot more plays than we did in the third period and they just kept attacking. Our goalie [Dodge Woloson] made some tough saves in the last few minutes.”

Gilman (12-1-1 overall), which had defeated Loyola, 10-3 on December 6 and 5-3 on January 14, looked well on its way to a season sweep when Justin Adelsberg scored to make it 5-1 with 13:21 remaining. But Loyola responded with a flourish, getting three goals in less than two minutes, one each from Greg Malabayabas, Chase Chelf and C.A.M. Miller to trim the deficit to 5-4 with 11:24 remaining.

The Dons (6-9) almost drew even on a power play opportunity three minutes later, but Woloson deflected two shots away to preserve the tepid lead. Then, with just over five minutes remaining, Casey Doyle scored to give the Greyhounds a 6-4 lead.

Loyola’s Josh Edwards immediately countered to trim the lead back to 6-5 with 4:48 to play.  The Dons nearly got tying goal in final seconds, with three face-offs in the Gilman zone in the last 20 seconds of play. Each time, Loyola won the face-off draw, but it could not get any serious shots on goal.

In completing a perfect run through league play, Gilman claimed its sixth championship overall. The Dons were denied their first title since going back-to-back (2016-17 and 2017-18).

“The first two periods we just did not execute very well on either end, but in the third period our guys really played well,” said Loyola coach Michael Lortie. “We only have four seniors, but those guys really picked it up in the third period. A lot of our guys are underclassmen and we struggled a little the first two periods. But they settled down and played much better that third period.”