BREMERTON, Wash. — Two of the five Cumberland Raiders teams entered fell in their respective championship games to place second in the United States Roller Hockey National Championships, July 11-16, in Bremerton, Wash.
The Cumberland freshman team, 12-14 year-olds, finished second, falling to Bremerton, Wash, 4-3, in the championship game 3:46 into sudden-death overtime.
The Cumberland freshmen won its first game, 1-0, over Olympia, Wash., then tied Bremerton, 2-2. Cumberland then beat Decatur, Texas, 10-2, to enter the finals. In the first round of the finals, top-seeded Cumberland tied with third-seeded Bremerton, 2-2, before Bremerton beat Olympia in sudden death and then topped Cumberland for the championship. Cumberland had the lead for most of that game before Bremerton tied the score with 53 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.
Cumberland’s high scorer was Lucas Grosse with nine goals and one assist for 10 points. Christopher Merkel scored five goals with one assist for six points, Miranda Wiseman had three goals, two assists and five points and Rachel Trussell had two goals, one assist and three points. Goalie Colby Moyer had nine goals against in the five games played.
Moyer was named Most Valuable Goalie in the division and Grosse was honored as the Most Valuable Player.
Cumberland also finished second in the Junior Division, 15-17 year-olds, opening with a 5-3 loss to Burlington, Wash, defeating Anchorage, 3-2; losing to Bremerton, 5-2, before defeating Burlington, 3-2, in the first round of the finals. However, Cumberland would fall to Bremerton, 5-3, in the final.
Merkel also played with the Junior team, scoring four goals with two assists for six points. Dylan McKee scored two goals with one assist for three points, while Carrington Schmoyer and Kyle Swindell both scored two goals. Goalie Jon Schmoyer gave up nine goals in two-and-half games, while Seth Swindell gave up 10 goals in the two-and-a-half games in which he played.
In the Senior Bronze Division, the third level of adult play, Cumberland finished sixth out of six teams. The Raiders tied Bremerton, 1-1; lost to Burlington, 2-1; lost to Olympia, 8-1; lost to Merced, Calif., 2-1; and lost to Salt Lake City, 4-1.
Jeff Deter led Cumberland with three goals, and Mike Merkel and Brian Michaels both scored one goal. Goalie Rob Schellsman gave up 17 goals in five games.
Cumberland’s Silver Division team, second level adults, lost all four games it played, falling to Bremerton II, 6-1; Tacoma, Wash, 8-2; Bremerton I, 5-0; and San Angelo, Texas, 3-1.
Nathan Schellsman scored all three of Cumberland’s goals. Goalkeeper Seth Swindell gave up 10 goals in two games and Jon Schmoyer gave up 12 goals in two games.
In the World Class Gold Division, the top level of play, Cumberland beat Chowchilla, Calif., 5-3; tied Utica, N.Y., 6-6; lost to Boyertown, 7-3; tied Olympia II, 1-1; lost to Olympia I, 4-2; and lost to Bremerton, 7-1.
The high scorer for Cumberland was Matt Price with 10 goals, two assists and 12 points, while Scott Ferguson had two goals, two assists and four points. Mike Helmstetter scored three goals; Chris Prinkey one goal, one assist and two points; and Ryan Ferguson and Curtis Deter scored one goal apiece. Adam Rinehart gave up 28 goals in six games.
Cumberland, which had the second-most teams entered in the tournament with five, was honored with second place in the Club High Point Award, recognizing the clubs that had the most teams place in the final standings. The home team, Bremerton, placed first.