Capitol Centre was host to 6 1/2 hours of hard-hitting hockey yesterday, but referee Roger Reinkie can vouch for the fact that it was not the NHL variety.
"Sir, could you possibly be mistaken?" Fairfax captain Paul Torgrose asked Reinke after a penalty call during the high-school age championship game of the Capital Beltway Hockey League.
Fairfax's polite mien was rewarded with an overtime c victory, John Crupmton's power-play score providing a 3-2 decision over an aggressive Wheaton team that had finished the 15-game regular season unbeaten.
For many of the youngsters in the five championship games, playing in Capital Centre was a thrill. But for Chevy Chase squirts (ages 9-10) Pat Kenary and Mark Furey, it was old hat.
Kenary and Scott Bogren scored the goals and Furey blocked 11 shots as Chevy Chase whipped Capitol Boys, 2-1. It was another upset, Capitol having won all three regular season meetings.
Kenary and Furey stayed overnight at a nearby motel after winning their age group mini one-on-one competition Friday night between periods of the Capital-New York Rangers game. Their team had also played in an earlier-season preliminary game at Capital Centre.
Chevy Chase upset an unbeaten Capitol Boys team, 3-1, to win the Pee Wee (11-12) title. Tom Mullen, Steve Gunther and Dough Robson produced the goals and it was no big deal for Robsen, either. A blink one-on-one shootout finalist tonight, he scored eight in a Capital Centre prelim in February.
Fairfax's bantam (18-14) team utilized walkie-talkies to exchange ideas between bench and high-altitude red seast, but the tactic didn't help the team's offense. Wheaton, backed by a fogliorn voice intoning "Blue, blue," confirmed its regular-season title with a 1-0 victory.
The heroes were Jim Griffith, whose 45-footer produced the lone goal, and Stu Girard, who blocked 20 shots in the outstanding goaltending exhibition of the day. Fairfax's Kim Alfriend, the only girl in action, stopped nine, some of them most difficult, but needed consolation, because "I should have stopped it (the one that got by)."
In the mite division (8 and under), the unbeaten Fairfax team presented goalie Mark Negrin with a big eighth-birthday present, 12 goals. One would have sufficed , as Negrin turned aside several breakaways in a 12-0 rout of Benfield.
Jake Sisson scored five times for Fairfax and Henry Gerring added ring, who turned 8 on Thursday and two. It has been a big week for Ger whose family's move to Kansas City was delayed to permit him to finish the hockey season.
The morning program gave indication that the younger the kids, the louder the entreaties of parents and coaches. It also boosted fil sales locally, because it was a rare parent who wasn't checking light settings. One can only sympathize with Bob kelleter, whose son scored for Fairfax while dad was involved with camera intracicies, the goal passing unnoticed by lens or eye.