Howland, Warriors shut out Red Land

By on January 23, 2014

Mark Howland needs a haircut, according to his coach Adam Wood.

“I can’t do that,” said the sophomore goalie on Warwick’s ice hockey team, laughing at the inside joke.

After making 38 saves on 40 shots in games Friday and Monday, Howland can probably wear his locks however he wants as long as he keeps playing well.

The goalie’s play earned Warwick a split in the two games with a 3-1 well-played loss to Lower Dauphin and a dominant 8-0 win against Red Land. The shutout was the team’s third and Howland’s first of the season.

“I thought the Friday game was my better game,” he said. “I saw a lot more shots.”

Lower Dauphin entered Friday’s game with a record of 11-3 and averages over six goals a game.

Both teams began the game with a quick pace as both teams exchanged chances. The Falcons opened the scoring when Sean Patt beat several Warrior defenders before burying the puck past Howland. The goal was unassisted.

Later, Brogan Galbreath tied the score 5:15 left in the first.

“I was just skating down the right side of the ice and I got the puck on the net,” Galbreath recalled. “It ricocheted off the defender and went in. I was looking in front to hit the stick of one of my teammates or go off a defender like it did. It worked out.”

Shortly after the Warrior goal, Lower Dauphin had several chances to extend the lead but Howland made two quick saves from in close less than a minute afterwards. He then stopped a Falcon flurry with a glove save following an Alec White blocked shot.

Luke Mariano nearly set up a go-ahead goal when he weaved with the puck deep into the Falcon’s zone and fed Lucas Style. However, Styles could not ram the puck home.

Mariano spent most of the game creating chances for his teammates, but coach Wood felt he made equally important plays keeping the high-scoring David Schindler in check. Schindler has 20 goals in 15 games.

“He (Mariano) shut down number 7,” Wood said. “It was his job to keep number 7 in check. He did a good job. They moved (Schindler) back to defense.”

Kevin Regan put the Falcons in front for good when he buried a backhander 5:22 into the second for the only goal of the period.

Galbreath nearly tied the score early in the third period when Mariano fed him a pass in the slot.

“I got the pass from Mariano and was going down (the slot),” Galbreath said. “I was trying to go to the far side and didn’t get it high enough. I was trying to get it over his glove. I thought I had but I didn’t get it high enough over his glove.”

Regan scored his second goal of the contest with 10:38 left for the 3-1 lead.

“The difference between (the teams) tonight was they buried two more pucks than we did,” Wood said. “The shots were about even. We were one down, 29-30. We have to bury our chances.”

Wood hoped the team would use the loss as an incentive for Monday’s game.

“Hopefully, it will light a little fire under them and leave a little bad taste so we’ll come out flying against Red Land (to keep) us above .500,” Wood said.

Galbreath appreciated Howland’s play and hoped he would continue playing well against Red Land.

“Mark played really well in this game,” Galbreath said. “Hopefully, he can keep that up against Red Land so we can stop (Brett) Gummo.”

Warwick didn’t have to face Gummo as the 25-goal scorer injured his shoulder over the weekend in a travel team game. Without having to face Red Land’s top player, the Warriors jumped out to 1-0 lead on Issac Long’s third goal of the season.

Long’s tally was the sole goal of the first, but Wood felt the Warriors carried the period.

“We played well in the first period,” Wood said. “We only had one goal but we dominated. Their goalie played fantastic.”

The Warriors not only dominated the second period but destroyed any hope Red Land had for a comeback by scoring six of their eight goals. Styles picked up the first goal when he converted a pass from Seth Earle with 6:49 gone. Kyle Joseph picked up the second assist.

Styles finished the second with a hat trick and Joseph had a goal and three assists. However, the most popular goal of the evening came when Dayvid Hall got his first goal of the season.

“I think (Evan) Gass shot it. The rebound came to me and I put it in,” he said. “It felt good to get my first goal with the varsity.”

With the game all but decided in the second, the question became whether Howland and the Warriors could keep the shutout. Red Land was only credited with 10 shots but tested Howland when they got through the defense. The chance that concerned Howland the most came in the second.

“One kid had a breakaway and he was going side to side,” Howland explained. “He went to his backhand. I had to stretch across the crease to keep from putting the cat in the hat.”

“I think the team did well defensively,” said Howland in summary. “Zach (Young) the Truck was helping me. I thought we did well as a team.”

His locks are safe for at least another game.

The CPIHL announced this season’s All-Stars on Sunday and the Warriors will be sending four players. Kyle Joseph, Brogan Galbreath, Seth Earle and Luke Mariano made the teams.

“I can’t say enough about them, they are all good leaders,” Wood said. “Seth is physical and gets the ugly goals in front. Kyle’s been leading the team in points all year. Brogan is fantastic on (defense) and adds something offensively to our firepower. Luke works hard for us. He could have more numbers but his job is usually to mark the top guy on the other team.”

Manheim Central will be sending juniors Lane Housner and Luke Groff.

The games will be played on Jan. 29 at Twin Ponds East in Harrisburg.

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