NASHVILLE – The Hendersonville/Station Camp/Beech hockey team (14-1-1, 29 points) surpassed MBA (13-1-1, 27 points) for first place in the GNASH league standings with wins over Father Ryan and Ravenwood over the last week.
Against Ravenwood on Wednesday, the Commandos edged the Raptors 3-2 behind two goals from Colson Leonard and a goal from Alex Yarger. Goaltender Brandon Shaw stopped 10 of 12 shots – both goals to Ravenwood’s Liam Hussey, the leading scorer in the GNASH league.
“It was a very frustrating game for us,” HHS/SC/BHS coach Tim Rathert said. “I give Ravenwood full credit, they played great defensively and kept us around the perimeter. We got the win and at the end of the day that’s what you remember.
“I don’t think we dealt with what they gave us very well. I thought they did an outstanding job defensively and I don’t think we responded very well necessarily. It’s always better go move forward on a positive than a loss.”
The game could have easily gotten out of hand if not for Ravenwood goalie Logan Verpoort, who stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced. He also stopped the Commandos from scoring on their three power play chances.
“If you look at the quality of our scoring shots, I’d say we had less than 10 inside the perimeter and around the net,” Rathert said. “Everything was from the outside. Most goaltenders, if they can see it, they’re going to stop it. Their goaltender bobbled a lot of pucks, but he stopped every one of them. We didn’t do a good job to penetrating to the net to take advantage of those bobbles.”
Against Father Ryan, a well-balanced scoring attack pushed the Commandos to a 4-2 win over the Irish. Alex Yarger had two of the team’s goals, while Matthew Siciliano and Gavin Damewood each added one.
Shaw made 17 saves on 19 shots, as he moved into a first-place tie with Brentwood’s Ryan Bobrow for the league lead in wins (11).
Shaw and Bobrow are also battling for the league lead among goalies with 10 or more starts in goals-against average – Shaw ranks first (1.55) and Bobrow second (1.62) – and save percent – Bobrow ranks first (.912) and Shaw second (.905).
HHS/SC/BHS returns to the ice next Wednesay, Feb. 6 against second-place MBA at Centennial Sportsplex at 8:40 p.m.