NASHVILLE – The Montgomery Bell Academy hockey team continues to be the team everyone is chasing in the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey league, remaining unbeaten following a 10-2 win over Ensworth/Nolensville on Monday at Centennial Sportsplex.
“We have a really deep team,” MBA coach Tim Kovick said. “Our practices are hard, and it’s a bit of iron sharpens iron. Our third line is getting to the point where they don’t get scored on. It’s just an all-around team game.”
The Big Red stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first period behind two goals from Luke Haley and a goal each from Tyler Laub and John Myers. Both of Haley’s goals came on the power play, while Laub’s goal came short-handed.
“I think it’s the way that we’re able to cycle,” Haley said. “All of our teammates just know where everybody is at all times. I think that lets us score and get goals when we need it.”
With 9:28 left in the second period, Haley finished off the hat trick on an unassisted goal to push the MBA lead to 5-0. Dillon Knight got Ensworth/Nolensville on the board, assisted by Patrick Cavaleri, to close the gap to 5-1.
Then, Marcus Le and Brandon MacDonald-Surman each got in on the socring, giving MBA a 7-1 lead at the second intermission.
In the final period, Laub tallied two more goals to finish off his hat trick and John Aron added another to give MBA the 10-1 lead before Ethan Dunn’s unassisted goal gave Ensworth/Nolensville its second of the game to close out the scoring.
“I’m not surprised, but I don’t get a great joy out of putting 10 on anybody,” Kovick said. “The edict from GNASH was to have less of those games. The deeper teams, they just wear out the other teams.
“At the end, I’m skating a third and fourth line, plus the d-men that don’t get to play as much and that makes it more fun for everybody. Nobody wants to go out and run-rule anyone because they’re trying to build that depth.”
In addition to the two hat tricks, six different MBA players scored a goal and nine tallied assists, leading to one of the most balanced scoring attacks in the league.
“I just think we’re a past-first team,” Laub said. “I think we have all assisted goals, and that shows. I’d rather get the assist than the goal sometimes.”
“I think it just comes naturally,” Haley added. “We’re (all) still just helping everybody out and doing what we can.”
Ensworth/Nolensville goalie Anthony Alvarez stopped 30 of the 40 shots he faced. MBA’s Lucian Bernatavitz stopped 4 of 5 shots faced in 14 minutes, while Matthew Thayer stopped 2 of 3 shots in 28 minutes.
With the win, MBA improves to 9-0-0 with 18 points and sits in first place in the GNASH standings. Ensworth/Nolensville falls to 2-7-0 with four points.
“To me, regular season means a lot,” Kovick said. “I really value winning in the regular season. When you're at the top, you can say listen, ‘everyone is going to come for you and that will usually get them ready.’”
MBA (10): Luke Haley 3, Tyler Laub 3, Brandon MacDonald-Surman 1, John Aron 1, Marcus Le 1, John Myers 1
Ensworth/Nolensville (2): Ethan Dunn 1, Dillon Knight 1
MBA (11): Brandon MacDonald-Surman 3, Luke Haley 1, Tyler Laub 1, John Aron 1, Brennan Roach 1, Ben Lindsey 1, Creighton Laub 1, Matthew Haley 1, Will Morrison 1
Ensworth/Nolensville (1): Patrick Cavaleri 1
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