The Bantam Major team more commonly referred to as the 2005’s or 05’s, have had one of the lighter November schedules at Team Maryland. Prior to last weekend they hadn’t played a game in two weeks. That’s a long time to think about the 0-2 weekend they suffered on November 9th & 10th. But it seems a little time off was exactly what this group needed. The players and staff put in a lot of hard work to change the tide and now our 05’s have a lot to be thankful for going into the Thanksgiving break.
“As a staff, we were really pleased with the past few weeks of practice. We had two tough losses prior. Including the game against the Avalanche that we felt we had a chance to win. The boys worked hard and were dialed into getting better. We continued to focus on areas of our game that we felt needed improvement," Shawn Grant Bantam Major Head Coach.
Three game weekends are becoming more common in youth hockey, but it doesn’t make them any easier. Especially when you are playing three different opponents with a mix of home and road games. If that weren’t enough to bring the difficulty meter to its peak, the Bantam Majors road game would be against a top 35 ranked team in the country, who plays in a division above them, and was undefeated in AYHL Play.
The 05’s started their weekend against the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Luke Rubin lead the way with three points while Noah Lasker, Matthew Mueller, and Dylan Margel all had two. Margel’s third period stinger would end up being the game winner in this 6-5 barn burner. It may not have been the ideal victory but a win is a win and this one was just what the doctor ordered to get our boys back on track.
Fresh off a victory the 05’s moved on to their second opponent of the day, the New York Saints. Team Maryland scored first and last controlling most of the game. Noah Lasker netted the game winner on the power play assisted by Nicholas Garner and Maddox Tulacro. Maddox led the team with two point scoring a goal of his own while Jason Conlan made 19 saves allowing only one goal in a 3-1 victory.
After turning a two-game losing streak into a two-game winning streak the Bantam Majors rolled into Philly to take on their toughest test of the weekend. With their confidence at an all-time high Team Maryland took down the AYHL undefeated Junior Flyers by a score of 4-1 after a three goal second period onslaught. Jason Conlan had his second .95% save percentage game of the weekend and there were four different goal scorers (Remy Chartol, Ryan Trindade, Robert Thompson, and Luke Rubin).
“It’s always nice to see all of the hard work and preparation pay off in terms of wins and vital league points. Taking all points on a weekend is crucial towards the goals we set as a team. We felt we played our best game of the year against the Junior Flyers, which is nice going into the Thanksgiving break. We played sound team defense to limit shots and quality chances and had another strong goaltending performance by Conlan. Offensively, we capitalized on our chances from creating turnovers, a face off play, and the power play," added Grant.
Congratulations to the players and staff of our 2005 team for being selected as the Team Maryland’s Team of the Week!
Team Maryland Holiday Clinic
2005 Birth-Years and Older at Rockville Ice Arena run by U15/U16 Head Coach Tony Horacek
2006 Birth-Years and Younger at Piney Orchard run by TM Hockey Director Chris Ceransky
You have likely been living under a rock if you are part of the Team Maryland family and haven’t heard of Dom Basse. For those of you just peaking your head out from underneath that rock, here are the highlights.
Basse was a three-year player for TM. While his future has always been bright, he rose to prominence after playing for the 18U team during their AYHL Playoffs as a 15-year-old. The team lost a heartbreaking championship game with seconds to play, but Basse’s performance earned him the Great American Goaltender award. During his 16U year with Team Maryland Dom was drafted in the USHL by the Youngstown Phantoms and committed to play Division I hockey at Colorado College. Last season Basse went to South Kent prep school where he won a National Championship.
That brings us to this summer. The Team Maryland family anxiously watching the 2019 NHL Draft to see if one of their own would be picked to live out their hockey dreams. And then it happened…with the 167th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft the Chicago Blackhawks selected Dominic Basse. With a few words the hard work of so many paid off. All the extra hours Dom put in. All the love, driving, picture taking, and cheering from parents Lorna and Daryl. All the practice and goalie sessions with coaches Ceransky, Grant, and Wolfe. Not to mention the support and competition he received from all his teammates here. It all came together for a beautiful moment.
“I'm so excited and grateful to be drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks. This has been a lifelong goal and dream of mine, made sweeter by the fact my Dad was born in Chicago and it's his favorite team! When I met the coaching staff and scouts, they were incredible and I'm so humbled to be a part of such a legendary organization! I’m very excited to get to work," said Basse "I’ve known all along this is a journey and I’m very grateful for the opportunity the Blackhawks have given me. So much thanks go to my Goalie Coach: Jason Wolfe and the Team Maryland organization, all my teammates whom I've played with, my coaches and most of all my parents, who encouraged me to dream big, work hard and pursue my dream. We all did it!”
Dom is not the first TM player to be drafted and won’t be the last, but with the growth of the program in recent future it is a point of legitimization in this new era for our organization.
“It was a pleasure to have Dom and the Basse’s in our little community. Was Dom a great player that I will always remember working with? Yes. But it was more than that. The Basse’s truly understood that this was a family and did a lot to help grow that culture here. So of course, we celebrate Dom for all his accomplishments, because they are well deserved, but today we all share in the excitement. We can’t wait to watch him play for another one of our family members next season, the Youngstown Phantoms.” Hockey Director Christopher Ceransky
Make sure to order your tickets for September 6th at 7:00 PM when Basse’s Youngstown Phantoms come to Piney Orchard Ice Arena to take on the Maryland Blackbears in a preseason bout.