Cavs Shut Out St. Paul's
Harvey goalie Grant Doherty earned his first career shutout in leading the Cavaliers to a 2-0 victory Wednesday, Dec. 19, at home against St. Paul’s Lutheran School from Baltimore, Maryland.
Harvey, playing short-handed once again, went up against St. Paul’s without two key starters, Luke Baumgartner and Sammy Ross, who were out of action after having sustained injuries in the Cavs’ 10-2 win Monday against Hamden Hall.
The team had to shuffle the lineup a bit for Wednesday’s game. James Mettler was moved to forward and sophomore Spencer Hellinger was asked to take a regular shift at defense. “The team had a defensive mindset prior to the game, and it showed as we were solid in our own end for the most part,” coach Alex Morse stated. Over the course of the game, Harvey gave up only 16 shots and cleared away rebounds very well. When tested, Doherty was equal to the task. Harvey outshot St. Paul’s 25-16 for the game.
Forwards Harley Cohen, Jacob Ross, and Henry Oliver did an excellent job of getting back on defense and taking away the good scoring areas in their own zone.
Offensively, Mettler led the way. Late in the first period, he scored on an excellent pass off the boards from Brian Cicero. Mettler finished the scoring late in the second period on the power play, assisted by Potter and Cicero.
Coach Morse said, “I’m really proud of the way the team stepped up today. Obviously, Jimmy did so offensively, but guys like Cohen and Cicero had great games for us and were all over the ice. Aidan Cammisa was physical on the forecheck, and both Spencer Hellinger and Will Welburn were solid.”
In their victory against FAA opponent Hamden Hall two days earlier, the Cavs started fast against, scoring five times in the first period. Potter got the Cavs started midway through the period. Mettler scored on the next shift, and the onslaught was on. Before his injury, Sammy Ross collected two goals, and Cohen, his linemate, added a goal.
It was more of the same at the start of the second period. Harvey built an 8-0 lead after senior Cicero, Jacob Ross and Potter’s second of the game. Harvey led 9-1 after the second period, after adding a power-play goal.
The final period saw Michael Wolff score his first of the season on a blast from the slot. Freshman Jake Hellinger made 14 saves for the win.
Harvey, after a 2-0 week, improves to 7-3-1 on the season. With the holiday break, the Cavs don’t play again until they face FAA opponent St. Luke’s Jan. 9, at SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut.