For one of the few times this season on Monday, the Oakdale High School ice hockey team was at full strength. With many of its top players members of the Frederick Freeze, the area's junior hockey team, the Bears' results have often been inconsistent.
In Monday's Monocacy Valley League semifinal playoff game, Oakdale was at its best during a convincing 12-6 victory against Walkersville at Skate Frederick. The Bears are scheduled to play Middletown, which defeated Urbana 5-1 in the other semifinal, on Tuesday for the league's championship and a bid into the Maryland Student Hockey League state tournament.
“When we all play together and work hard, good things happen,” Oakdale sophomore forward Logan Coomes said.
The outcome was never in doubt. Less than three minutes into the game, Coomes, who finished with eight points, scored the first of his five goals on a breakaway.
“We are all happy and excited when we score first because it sets the tone,” Coomes said. “But we have to work to get the next one and the next one.”
The scoring barrage continued throughout the contest as the Bears took advantage of inexperienced Walkersville goalie Dylan Milligan (15 saves), who was filling in for injured junior Reinis Bergholcs. Milligan, who is the school's lacrosse goalie, is listed as a forward on the ice. Bergholcs suffered a knee injury in a game against Middletown last week and aggravated it during a club game over the weekend.
“We knew the situation,” Coomes said. “So we made sure to crash the net, get the puck and rebounds.”
Oakdale led 4-1 at the end of the first period and 10-3 at the end of the second. Coomes and junior Ryley Harper, who scored four goals and recorded four assists, paced the team with eight points each. Senior forward Zach Pard and junior defenseman Ian Soifer also contributed with seven and three points, respectively. All four players are also teammates with the Freeze.
Junior defender Mairead Carey also scored a goal.
“We are working with a freshman goalie [Sam Downs], who is improving. But the top players produced like we need them to,” Oakdale coach Dave Soifer said. “We've lost twice to Middletown and they have a lot of good players. We have our work cut out for us.”
Senior forward Nathan Miller led Walkersville with a pair of goals and assists.
No. 2 Oakdale 12, No. 3 Walkersville 6
Walkersville (5-7-1) 1 2 3 — 6
Oakdale (7-5-1) 4 6 2 — 12
O — Logan Coomes (Zach Pard), 12:34
O — Ryley Harper (Zach Pard, Ian Soifer), 8:44
O — Logan Coomes (Ryley Harper, Zach Pard), 7:11
O — Logan Coomes, 5:24
W — Nathan Miller (Brian Donegan, John Jozwiak), :37
O — Ryley Harper (Logan Coomes), 14:52
W — John Jozwiak (Nathan Miller, Braden Smith), 11:12
O — Ryley Harper (Logan Coomes, Mairead Carey), 10:55
O — Zach Pard (Logan Coomes, Ryley Harper), 10:13
W — Braden Smith (Zach McElroy), 9:50
O — Ryley Harper (Zach Pard), 6:59
O — Logan Coomes (Ian Soifer, Zach Pard), 5:10
O — Zach Pard (Josh Kehoe), 3:15
W — Nathan Miller, 13:45
W — Zach McElroy (Braden Smith), 12:18
O — Mairead Carey (Ian Soifer, Ryley Harper), 10:37
O — Logan Coomes (Ryley Harper), 6:35
W — Zack Glorioso (Nathan Miller, Brady Policelli), 1:11