Hohenfels, Vilseck change early season roles
Last weekend's upset perpetrator is this weekend's victim.
The Hohenfels Tigers halted the considerable momentum of the Vilseck Falcons on Saturday with a convincing 4-1 victory over their Bavarian rival, just a week after Vilseck celebrated a win over reigning Division I champion Ramstein.
Kiernan Blouin scored twice for Hohenfels, while Ben Harrison and Jacob Nantz added a goal apiece and Justin Standifer turned away four shots in goal.
Pierre Elysee provided Vilseck's goal, while keeper Timothy Simmons made 11 saves for the Falcons.
The game represented a reversal of fortune for both squads. Hohenfels started its season March 21 with a discouraging 6-0 loss to Patch; that same day, Vilseck eked out a 2-1 win over a rebuilding but still solid Ramstein team.
Hohenfels will now ride its newly-caught wave of optimism into spring break. The Falcons have one chance to regain their swagger with a Thursday visit from Ansbach.
Patch 5, Wiesbaden 2: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Panthers bested the rival Warriors.
Micah Williams and Faouzi Diarrassouba each scored two goals for the Panthers, while Dan Bacskai added another.
Asante Lattimore and Matthew Rangel found the net for Wiesbaden.
More Division I action awaits the teams after spring break. Unbeaten Patch will take on Vilseck, while Wiesbaden hosts defending champion Ramstein.
Vicenza 3, Sigonella 2: Saturday at Sigonella, the Cougars overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit for the comeback victory.
Alex Hanes, Neil Fragger and Thomas Vinton scored in the second-half Vicenza flurry. The barrage was enough to overcome a two-goal effort from Sigonella's Dylan VanWynsberghe 2.
The victory put the Cougars back above .500 and continued an early-season trend of close games. Vicenza fell to archrival Naples 2-1 last weekend after edging Florence 4-2 on March 14.
The Cougars will squeeze one more game in before spring break, hosting Aviano on Thursday.
Naples 1, American Overseas School of Rome 1: Saturday at Rome, the host Falcons and visiting Wildcats played to a standstill.
Vishal Sharma scored for AOSR and Miguel De Frutos scored for Naples as the evenly-matched affair proceeded from a scoreless halftime tie to a full-time deadlock.
The outcome left Naples with a win, a loss and a tie entering a Thursday matchup with Florence. AOSR saw a two-game season-opening winning streak snapped.
International School of Brussels 0, Ramstein 0: Friday at Ramstein, a battle of recent champions ended without a clear decision.
The inexperienced Royals continued a shaky start to their title defense, while 2013 champion ISB reintroduced itself to Division I contention after its own season of rebuilding.
Kaiserslautern 10, Lakenheath 6: Friday at Kaiserslautern, Alexander Dexter and Sean Dunbar scored four goals apiece and Ryan Rimmler added a pair of scores as the Raiders handled the visiting Lancers.
Elmer Ramos scored three goals for Lakenheath, which suffered its first loss of the season.
ISB 7, Kaiserslautern 5: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, a battle of Raiders went to the visitors.
Matthieu L'Hotis scored three times and Max de Bok scored twice as ISB followed up its nil-nil effort against Ramstein with a more explosive performance against Kaiserslautern, the other participant in last year's Division I title game.
Dexter scored three goals and Dunbar had two for Kaiserslautern.
Ramstein 2, Lakenheath 0: Saturday at Ramstein, the defending champs earned their first win of the season.
Antonio Oduber and Zach Kersten scored and LaDarius Bell and Riley Stachewicz dished out assists for the Royals, while Peyton Buell saved all eight of the shots on the goal he faced.
AFNORTH 3, Brussels 1: Friday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Lions finished off an unbeaten pre-spring break schedule.
Jesse Timmons scored twice for AFNORTH and Koen Frenken tacked on another as the Lions built on a precarious 1-0 halftime lead. James Cline scored for the winless Brigands.
Ankara 1, Incirlik 0: Saturday at Ankara, Peter Do provided the game's decisive goal in the Trojans' victory.
The Turkish rivals will meet again on April 17, this time on Incirlik's pitch.