Chargers topple Pirates, finish second in league

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By Brian Forbes

ENGLEWOOD — Dallin Hall might have been able to wreck the Englewood Pirates just by himself.

But what fun would that be?

Hall and his Chatfield Chargers teammates got to work on execution Thursday, April 24, and they had a good time doing it. Hall scored five goals and assisted on two more as the Chargers hammered their winless hosts 17-1 at Pirates Stadium.

“Really, just play the game,” Hall said of what the Chargers were looking to get out of the Foothills League contest. “Use some teamwork and use it as practice for the playoffs (and) get us going.”

The victory was the third straight for the Chargers (11-2 Foothills, 12-3 overall), who wrapped up the regular season on April 26 with an 8-3 victory against Green Mountain.

Seventeen goals marked a season-high for the Chargers, while the one goal against matched their season best.

Nick Nedeau had two goals and an assist, Max Erickson had two goals and one assist, Danny Vaninger added two goals and sophomore attacker Ian Fidino had a team-high three assists and a goal in the fourth quarter.

“We’re really working on ball movement because we know when we go up against better teams we’re not going to be able to hold the ball that much,” said Nedeau, who scored both his goals on long rips from up top. “We’re going to have to work it fast.”

The young Chargers also got a goal and an assist from Greg Kelsic and one goal each from Mitch Erickson, Oliver Bryan, Trace Wollner and Sam Carrothers.

Sophomore goalie Koahl Thompson let in the first shot he saw – a one-hopper with seven minutes remaining in the first period – before becoming a virtual spectator. As the Chargers smoothed off some rough edges in terms of passing and spacing, they bore down on Englewood (0-9, 0-7 in league) with ruthless efficiency.

The Chargers saw their first four shots saved before Kelsic scooped up the loose change on Max Erickson’s shot and snapped in the opening goal. The Pirates answered to tie the game before Hall began the assault.

Hall put the Chargers up for good when he corralled a centering pass from Fidino and rifled it home.

The Chargers were up comfortably 5-1 at the end of the first quarter and made it 12-1 at halftime as Hall added three consecutive goals.

Max Erickson’s goal with 9:15 remaining in the third quarter made it a 13-1 lead that instituted the running clock.

Chatfield 5-7-2-3—17

Englewood 1-0-0-0—1