BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s hockey team stayed within a goal of Gilmour Academy’s B Team through one period, as it kicked off the Cold Turkey Thanksgiving Tournament at Tam-O-Shanter on November 23, but the Lancers went on to defeat the Panthers, 8-2.
Following initial defensive showings by Maumee juniors Kenlyn Foster and Zach Marvin and an offensive look from sophomore Brett Birt about three minutes in, freshman Derek Marvin recorded a steal around the center line and skated in for the first goal with 11:44 remaining in the opening period.
Regardless of the continued defensive pressure by Foster and Derek Marvin, Gilmour eventually tied things up when Zack Komoroski followed earlier misses by Bryce Hofstrom and Jake Howse with a goal at the 7:06 mark.
J.D. Fitzgerald next followed a Nick Kolar miss by scoring on a Kolar assist just 20 seconds later.
The Lancers’ Shane Minozzi and David Zarycki went on to match the Panthers’ Derek and Zach Marvin with three offensive looks over the next 6:00, but Gilmour goaltender Jeremy Sturm and Maumee junior goalie Roby Fairchild kept any of the shots from finding the net.
The Panthers also got defensive help from freshman Owen Grycza over the stretch, but the Lancers later took a 3-1 lead with a power play goal by Connor Underwood.
Despite having just 26 seconds left in the period, Maumee’s Zach Marvin managed to steal the puck in time to assist on brother Derek’s goal with just two seconds to spare.
Gilmour Academy next began the second stanza with an offensive flurry.
Komoroski kicked things back off with a pair of early attempts before Eric Anton scored the fourth Lancers goal on a Howse assist with 12:42 remaining in the period.
A mere 13 seconds later, Anton scored again on a rebound goal to push the score to 5-2.
Birt and Zach Marvin continued to provide strong defense for the Panthers as the period continued, but the relentless Gilmour squad ultimately began to wear Maumee down.
The Lancers went on to fire 13 more shots at Fairchild, including a perfectly placed Howse goal with 6:54 to go and an assist from Robbie Belknap to Jonathan Berkovich just 26 seconds later.
Now on top 7-2 after racking up 29 shots, Gilmour took another 15 attempts in the third period.
To the Panthers’ credit, only one of those shots ended up in the net.
Howse’s second goal came at the 10:26 mark and forced the game into a running clock situation.
Fairchild recorded 14 of his 36 saves in that third period and got additional defensive help from some by now familiar names in Birt, Foster and Derek Marvin.
Maumee finished with six shots on goal, all taken by the combination of Birt and Derek Marvin.
The following morning, St. Francis’ B Team played to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers.
Maumee took a 1-0 lead on an assist from Zach Marvin to Derek Marvin in the first period, but the Knights came back to score two goals of their own in the second.
David Jacobson scored St. Francis’ first goal on assists from Brice Spangler and Andrew Williams and Edwardo Flores scored the go-ahead goal on assists from Carter Jesionowski and Brendan Newsome.
The Panthers clawed their way back within a goal by starting the third-period scoring on a Zach Marvin goal, but the Knights followed with two more of their own.
Flores netted goal No. 3 during a power play and Jacobson netted the game’s final goal on assists from Jesionowski and Andrew Williams.
St. Francis ended up outshooting Maumee 45-20 in the win.
Later Saturday evening, the Panthers tied Northview’s junior varsity team, 2-2.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Maumee on first-period goals by Braiden Otersen and Claire Ames, who were assisted by the likes of Yaqub Elorra, Haden Symbolik and David Younger.
While neither team found pay dirt in the second stanza, the Panthers came back to net the only two goals of the third frame.
Birt scored the first unassisted and senior Collin Grimes netted the second on assists from Birt and Zach Marvin.
Maumee outshot North-view 30-28 on the night.
Sunday morning brought a rematch between the Panthers and the Wildcats.
This time around, the two squads played to a 2-2 tie in the opening period.
Northview struck first on an assist from Scott Schwartz to Ames, but Maumee answered with a pair of Zach Marvin goals – the second coming on an assist from freshman Amelia Collins.
The Wildcats closed the first out with Otersen and Max Faulkner assisting on an Evan Rosplohowski goal.
Northview next took a 3-2 lead on a second-period assist from Otersen to Faulkner, only to have the Panthers tie things back up on an assist from Zach Marvin to brother Derek.
The Wildcats took their final lead when Rosplohow-ski and Schwartz assisted on a third-period goal by Faulkner, but Maumee again tied things up for good when Birt scored on a Derek Marvin assist with just 3:40 remaining in the contest.
The Panthers again outshot Northview in the win, this time 26-22.
Having scored 10 goals over its four games, Maumee ended up placing third in the tournament.