Cole Lacaze scored 4 goals as the Easton Icehawks Mites Hockey Team went on to defeat Chevy Chase to win it’s first Capital Beltway Hockey League Championship in 24 years. The Easton Icehawks Mites, consisting of the Eastern Shore’s finest and most up and coming hockey players, completed a memorable season by beating the Prince William Panthers 6-1 on Saturday to advance to the CBHL Championship on Sunday where they defeated the Chevy Chase Hockey Club by a score of 5-2 to secure the league title. This is the most successful Mites (ages 7-8) Hockey Team in the history of the Eastern Shore Hockey Association, winning the Silver Sticks Eastern United States Regional Hockey Championship in September, and the CBHL Championship this weekend.
The Easton Mites capped off the memorable season with a dominating forechecking effort that led to their teams Championship. Easton Icehawks Goalie Nick Newnam (Easton) turned away 19 shots in the effort. The stifling defense of Aarron Rovenalt (Queenstown) Christian Halbig (Grasonville), Garrett Haddaway (Easton), Colby Ratel (Grasonville) and Ally Curry (Grasonville) prevented the Chevy Chase Hockey Club from entering the Icehawks zone and getting quality scoring chances.
The forward units of Cole Lacaze (Easton), Austin Black (Easton), Nate Haschen (Denton), Paul Lafferty (Stevensville), Zack Wagenmann (Centerville), Kat Fischer (Grasonville), Dylan Becker (Stevensville), Matthew Cutter (Stevensville) Gabe Felker (Stevensville) and Ethan MacGregor (Centerville) all played a relentless pressing style of offensive attack that kept the Chevy Chase skaters in their own end for most of the game.
The CBHL Championship finished a remarkable CBHL season for the Icehawks. Their Silver Sticks Eastern Regional Championship was the second in two years, and the second in the history of the Eastern Shore Hockey Association’s history at any level. This unprecedented back-to-back championship took the team to Niagara Fall’s Canada this past January where they faced teams from all over the United States and Canada.
The Capital Beltway Hockey League consists of teams from as far west as Frederick, Maryland and as far south as Hampton, Virginia.