By Nico Meola
Student reporter for ChesCo Hockey Haven
NEWARK, Del. — The puck dropped Friday night at the Pond as the Kennett Blue Demons squared off with the Delaware Military Academy Seahawks. Both teams were coming off strong seasons, as DMA saw many players return from prior years, but Kennett was looking to start a new chapter with their solid youth and a dynamic goalie in Sean Edmonds.
The first period was one sided, as experience proved itself as a factor early on.
DMA poured it on Kennett, out-shooting the Blue Demons 22 to 3. Edmonds practically stood on his head for the first 15 minutes, making 17 saves and allowing four goals.
As the game progressed in the second, the Blue Demons began to generate more opportunities, but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Providing a spark for Kennett were sophomores Ryan Ganly and Ryan Johnson, who both finished the night with three shots.
DMA answered the Kennett push with three goals of their own in a matter of two minutes.
With 1:54 remaining in the second, Markus Cook rattled one past Edmonds, giving DMA a 5-0 lead. Ten seconds later Cook capitalized on a Kennett turnover in the neutral zone, and the puck found its way past Edmonds. As the final seconds of the second period ticked away, DMA took a shot from the point and scored off of a rebound as time expired.
Heading into the third, DMA held a decisive lead and was not willing to let in a goal.
Derek Golembrosky rifled one past Edmonds with 12 minutes to go in the period, giving the Seahawks an 8-0 advantage.
The game took a turn in the final period, as tempers flared and emotions surfaced on the ice.
Kennett forward Chandler Becker was sent to the box for an interference call, the only penalty on the Blue Demons all night.
DMA committed five penalties throughout the duration of the game, at one point conceding a 5-on-3 power play, which Kennett was unable to convert on despite two great shots on goal coming from the sticks of defenseman Matt Smith and Johnson.
After the game, Johnson seemed rather optimistic about the result.
“It wasn’t bad for our first game, considering we were playing a great and experienced team,” he said. “As the game progressed, we seemed to settle in more and feel more confident.”
Kennett is a young team with a lot of potential and a good balance of experience. Jack Moore, former player and now assistant coach of the young Kennett team spoke well of his team’s passion and performance.
“We started slow, but I think as the game went on, our shifts got better and better. This was a learning experience for some of us, and we look forward to improving tomorrow.”