It was a happy homecoming for Bellevue head coach John Baumann, Jr.
Baumann, an Oceanside High School graduate, and his Wolverines made it a successful start to its East Coast spring break trip as Bellevue topped the Sailors, 8-4.
The Wolverines wanted to get off to a fast start in such unfamiliar surroundings, and it only took them less than a minute to do so.
Dakota Jones scored his ninth goal of the season at the 43-second mark of the first quarter as he cut down the right side and bounced his shot in behind goaltender Andrew Failla to give his Bellevue squad the 1-0 lead.
It would take a full 12 minutes for another goal to hit the back of the cage, but it would be Oceanside’s own No. 6 getting into the act. Luke Schwasnick extended his goal-scoring streak to five games as he capitalized on a missed Bellevue pass that sailed over everyone. The play transitioned into a breakaway for the sophomore attack, who easily fired a shot stick-side for the equalizer.
After Oceanside couldn’t capitalize on two man-advantages, Drew Douglas gave Bellevue a 2-1 lead with just 2:55 left in the second quarter.
As both teams returned from the halftime break, Oceanside looked poised to capitalize. Timmy Garrett scored his second of the year with a ten-yard shot lasered for the top-right corner to even things up at 2-2. Less than two minutes later, Schwasnick scored his second of the contest to give the Sailors their first lead of the game.
That’s when things started to unravel for the Sailors and Bellevue took advantage with three straight man-up goals.
Cole Johnson tied things up at three goals apiece on a turnover from a wandering Oceanside keeper Failla, giving the Bellevue attack a wide open net for the equalizer. Fifteen seconds left the Wolverines found themselves with another man-up opportunity, and 22 seconds after that they were back on top as Blake Samuel fired a quick-stick shot past Failla.
Oceanside began to show a bit of frustration as Schwasnick was called for an illegal body check, putting the Sailors down another man. Bellevue capitalized as Hank Bethke took a pass from Drew Douglas for a quick goal and the 5-3 lead.
It would be a lead that Bellevue would not surrender from thereonin.
John Ramalho attempted to get Oceanside back in the game as he cut the lead to 5-4 2:29 into the fourth quarter off a pass from Schwasnick, however that would be the last time the Sailors found the scoreboard.
Bellevue erupted for three more goals in the fourth quarter, including two from Bethke to complete the hat-trick to solidify the win.