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...And Then There Were Two.

 

#1 St. John's defeated #4 Mt. St. Joseph's, 4-0, and will face #3 Landon in the MAPHL championship game on Friday night after the Bears defeated #2 Georgetown Prep, 3-2, in overtime in the MAPHL semifinal round in Laurel. Faceoff for the MAPHL championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday night. 


Brian Giles (#8) scored in overtime to propel #3-seed Landon to a 3-2 win against #2-seed Georgetown Prep in the MAPHL semifinals on Wednesday at Laurel.


Andrew Kurowski scored while #1-seed St. John's was shorthanded in what turned out to be the winning goal in the Cadet's 4-0 shutout of 4th-seeded Mt. St. Joseph in the MAPHL semifinals on Wednesday at Laurel.

St. John's, G-Prep, Landon, Mt. St. Joseph Reach MAPHL Semifinals

 

Top-seeded St. John's, along with #2 Georgetown Prep, #3 Landon and #4 Mt. St. Joseph, all won their respective quarterfinal games on Tuesday to reach the MAPHL semifinal round.  No. 1 St. John's will face #4 Mt. St. Joseph and #2 Georgetown Prep will take on #3 Landon on Wednesday, both games are The Gardens Ice House in Laurel (SEE TIMES IN BRACKET BELOW.) 


Patrick Fitzgerald scored the game-winning goal at 4:59 of the second period to lead Georgetown Prep's 2-1 victory over Gonzaga in a MAPHL quarterfinal game on Tuesday at Rockville Ice Arena.


Somewhere under the pile is Jacob Vassa, who scored with 22.8 seconds left in overtime to give Landon a 3-2 victory over Bishop O'Connell in a MAPHL quarterfinal game on Tuesday at Rockville Ice Arena.


Dimitri Kebreau scored with 6:48 left in the third period to lift #1-seed St. John's to a 2-1 victory over Spalding in a MAPHL quarterfinal game on Tuesday at Rockville Ice Arena.


1st Place Clinched, St. John's Downs Mt. St. Joseph's

 

Having clinched first place in the MAPHL regular season for the first time in program history, the St. John’s Cadets (8-1-1, MAPHL) showed why they finished on top with a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory against Mt. St. Joseph’s ( )on Monday afternoon at Rockville Ice Arena.

 

Scott Cremen got the Gaels on the board first by depositing the rebound of Chris Robinson’s shot at 10:15 of the first period. Robinson put his team up, 2-0, when he slid the puck under St. John’s goaltender Chase Hornbecker after Nolan Westlake found him alone in front of the net.

 

Goals from Quinn Kennedy, at 9:19 of the second period, and Dimitry Kebreau, on a power play at 2:28 of the third period, evened the score for St. John’s. But the tie lasted less than 30 seconds when Westlake scored at 2:57 to regain the lead for the Gaels.

 

Kebreau fed Tommy Lokken for a one-timer from the right circle to tie the game, 3-3, on the power-play at 5:48 of the third period. Kebreau notched the game-winner on a power play when Kennedy found him cruising down the slot for an open shot that he blew past Gaels’ netminder Jake Williams with just 1:36 left in the game.   


Quinn Kennedy had a goal and two assists in St. John's 4-3 come-back victory over Mt. St. Joseph's at Rockville Ice Arena.


Late Goals Highlight Landon-St. John's Friday Night Draw


Dimitry Kebreau had a goal and an assist in St. John's 3-3 tie with Landon on Friday night at Rockville Ice Arena.

The St. John’s Cadets (7-1-1 MAPHL) scored two late third-period goals to take a 3-2 lead only to see Landon’s (6-2-2 MAPHL) Matt Brille tally with 28 seconds left to tie the hard-fought game on Friday night at Rockville Ice Arena.

 

After a scoreless first period in which both goalies made several quality saves, St. John’s struck first on the power play at 6:25 of the second period after Tommy Kenary was called for a five-minute major penalty for charging. Tommy Lokken fed Dimitry Kebreau at the right face-off circle and Kebreau got off a quick snapshot that whizzed by Landon goalie Max Weinstein’s glove.

 

Brille countered just over a minute later when he capitalized on a shorthanded breakaway, beating St. John’s goalie Trevor Ziffer with a wrist shot high to his glove slide. Ryan Giles gave Landon a 2-1 lead with 30 seconds left in the second period and just after a two-man, power-play advantage expired.  Giles ripped a snapshot from the right circle after a cross-ice pass from JH Lages.

 

After Landon’s Will Lawrence nearly gave the Bears a 3-1 lead with a spectacular individual effort, Lokken raced down the ice in a counter attack and scored on a partial break away to tie the score at 9:16 of the third period. The Cadets went ahead on the power play when Kebreau’s shot from the blueline ricocheted to Tyler Rose, who put his sharp angle shot behind Weinstein with 3:41 left in the game and setting up Brille’s game-tying score.

 

Weinstein made 24 saves on 27 shots, while Ziffer stopped 32 of 35 shots on goal.    


Matt Brille scored two goals, including the game-tying tally with 28 seconds left in the third period.


Kennedy's Five Points Leads St. John's Past Gonzaga

 

St. John’s (5-1, MAPHL), led by Quinn Kennedy’s goal and four assists, struck fast and often to defeat Gonzaga (4-4, MAPHL), 7-4, on Wednesday at Rockville Ice Arena.

 

Kennedy opened the scoring just over a minute into the game and Andrew Depoy scored nine seconds later. Tommy Lokken made it 3-0 five minutes after that and Jesse Horaceck finished the 4-0 outburst with his first of the game, both while Gonzaga’s Luca Docking was serving a five-minute major penalty for boarding.

 

Docking got the Eagles on the board early in the second period, but Dimitry Kebreau scored the first of his two goals to regain the home team’s four-goal lead.

 

Gonzaga got the next two goals to get to 5-3, but Kebreau and Horaceck each got their second goals in the third period to put the game out of reach.


Quinn Kennedy had a goal and four assists to lead St. John's in its 7-4 victory over Gonzaga on Wednesday at Rockville Ice Arena.


Goalies Shine in G-Prep's 3-2 Victory Over Landon


Georgetown Prep's Elon Granston was stellar in net as the Little Hoyas took down Landon in a come from behind 3-2 victory on Friday night at Cabin John Ice Arena.


Walker Johnston (center) scores the gamewinner in Georgetown Prep's 3-2 victory over Landon.

Georgetown Prep’s come from behind 3-2 victory against Landon (4-1, MAPHL) featured spectacular goaltending, slick scoring plays and a capacity crowd that was thoroughly entertained. The win also solidified the Little Hoyas (7-1, MAPHL) hold of first place in the Mid Atlantic Prep Hockey League.

 

With 10 minutes left in the game, Walker Johnston capped off the comeback and scored the game winner when he found a loose puck among a pile of bodies in front of the net and chipped it into the open cage. Landon’s Max Weinstein made a save on the initial shot, but couldn’t locate the puck.

 

Matthew Brille’s unassisted power-play goal at 11:12 of the first period gave Landon a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission. Brille controlled the puck in the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot from the left circle over the glove of Elon Granston.

 

Prep tied the game at 3:26 of the second period with a power-play goal of their own.  Alex Chiconas fed Patrick Fitzgerald who blasted a slap shot past Weinstein. The Bears regained the lead just over a minute later when Ryan Giles fired a laser from the left circle and past Granston’s glove side.

 

Peter Roche tied the game again when he skated in from the right side and wristed a shot under Weinstein’s glove with less than four minutes to go in the second period.

 

The score could have been a lot higher had it not been for a handful of sparkling saves from both goalies. Granston bailed out his team while they were on a power play when he made a glove save of shot on a Landon two-on-one to keep the game scoreless midway through the first period, while Weinstein kept Prep off the board with his own sterling save with a minute and half left in the first period.

 

Granston made 30 saves on 32 shots he faced in the game, while the Bears’ Weinstein stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced.      


Bishop O'Connell Roars Past St. John's

 

Bishop O’Connell jumped all over St. John’s, the area's top-ranked team, in a four-goal first period that carried the Knights’ to a 7-4 victory on Wednesday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.

 

Daniel Koester scored twice and Alex Vouras and Thompson Carter each had a goal in the first 11 minutes of the game for O’Connell. Kareem El-Bashir also had two goals and an assist for the Knights.

 

With the Knights up, 5-1, early in the third period, and the game seemingly in hand, the Cadets fought back with three consecutive goals from Jesse Horacek, Dimitri and Patrick Chapman. But a goal from Kyler Sun gave O’Connell some breathing room to close out the victory.

 

Last week, St. John's was ranked #1 in the Washington Post Top Ten ranking for the first time in the program's history.


Kareem El-Bashir (#10) had two goals and an assist in Bishop O'Connell's 7-4 victory over St. John's.


Lawrence Dazzles in Landon's 7-2 Win Over Gonzaga


Landon's Will Lawrence (#5) recorded a hat trick in the first period of the Bears' 7-2 victory over Gonzaga on Friday night at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena.

 

Energized by a large and boisterous student section for a Friday night game in enemy territory at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena, the Landon Bears jumped all over the short-handed Gonzaga Eagles and cruised to a 7-2 victory.

 

The game wasn’t a period old before the Bears had built a 5-0 lead. The blistering start included a hat trick by Will Lawrence and goals from Jordan Dinesman and Matt Brille.

 

Lawrence opened the scoring at 5:53 of the first period when he zipped through the Gonzaga defense and slipped his shot under the pads of sophomore Chris With, who was filling in for two varsity goalies playing in travel tournaments. Just over a minute later, Dinesman capitalized on an odd man rush and scoring on a rebound of a shot by Tommy Kenary.

 

Lawrence notched his second goal on another spectacular individual effort, skating wide and cutting around the defender to put his shot high over With’s blocker 12:03. He completed his hat trick nearly a minute-and-a-half later with a wrist shot from 15 feet that beat With low on his stick side. Brille completed the onslaught 34 seconds later.

 

Gonzaga’s Brendan Snocker was able to solve Landon goalie Max Weinstein with a goal in the second period, but two more goals from Landon’s Jacob Hookman-Vassa kept the game out of reach for the Eagles.


Little Hoyas Come Up Big Against DeMatha

 

After spotting DeMatha a goal midway through the first period, Georgetown Prep scored four unanswered goals on the way to its 6-3 victory over the Stags at Rockville Ice Arena on Wednesday.

 

Nick Reiniger’s wrister from the point got DeMatha on the board at 8:22 of opening period with the Stags on the power play. Less than four minutes later, Prep’s Peter Roche scored off a rebound of a Alex Chaconas shot. Just over a minute later, Matt Scola drew DeMatha goalie Lincoln Crosby to one side of the net and passed back to Seamus McNally for an easy tap in.

 

Less than two minutes into the second period, Chaconas broke in alone and scored to increase Prep’s lead to 3-1. Connor McMahon completed the four-goal run, sweeping the puck across the goal line after Walker Johnston’s shot trickled behind Crosby.

 

DeMatha got within two on a nice passing play with Luke Leydig dishing off to Jay Harwood for a goal at 4:27 of the third period, but Prep’s McNally tallied his second of the game less than three minutes later to regain the lead that the Little Hoyas would never relinquish.

 

Both goaltenders made several quality saves during the game, with Crosby stopping 20 of 26 shots on goal, while Prep’s Elon Granston made 20 saves on 23 shots.


Alex Chaconas had a goal and three assists in Georgetown Prep's 6-3 victory over DeMatha on Wednesday at Rockville Ice Arena.


Gonzaga is "team to beat" in Washington Post Top 10

 

Gonzaga is #1 in The Washington Post's first Top 10 ranking of area ice hockey teams in the 2019-20 season.  The Eagles are gunning for an unprecedented fourth consecutive MAPHL championship.

 

Three other MAPHL teams made the Top 10, including DeMatha at #2, St. John's at #5 and Georgetown Prep at #6.


Cotten Has Raised Profile of Gonzaga's Purple Puck Tournament

NHL.com today featured a story about John Cotten, the tournament director for the Purple Puck, the Washington region's premiere holiday high school hockey tournament hosted by Gonzaga and held annually in late December at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena in DC.

 

Cotten discusses his involvement with the tournament and how its profile has risen in recent years, including attracting top teams from around the country and Canada. He got involved in the tournament after his son began playing hockey at Gonzaga and participating in the Purple Puck beginning as a freshman in 2007/08. 



Mt. St. Joseph's Nolan Westlake scored a power play goal with 25 seconds left in the game to defeat Gonzaga, 3-2, on Monday night at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Mt. St. Joseph's Tops Eagles in Early Season Thriller

 

Mt. St. Joseph’s, picked 9th in the MAPHL preseason coaches Top 10, came from behind to beat top-ranked Gonzaga, 3-2, on a power play goal from Nolan Westlake with 23 seconds left in the game at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

 

The Eagles (0-1, MAPHL) opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period when Jack Martino fed Jake Garner for a blast over the shoulder of Gaels’ goaltender Jake Williams from the top of the right face-off circle. Nolan Burns tied the score for Mt. St. Joseph’s (2-0, MAPHL) with a goal at 12:26 of the first. Matt Adams and Chris Robinson picked up assists on the play.

 

Gonzaga outshot the home team, 15 to 5 in the opening period.

 

Sean Kilcullen regained the lead for Gonzaga at 4:25 of the second when his point drive found the back of the net through a screen while the Eagles were on the power play. Luca Docking and Farrell Dinn notched assists on the goal.

 

With time winding down in a face-paced, evenly played third period, Gonzaga’s Sean Kilcullen took a roughing penalty with just under 30 seconds left in the game. On the ensuing face-off, Chris Robinson got the puck to Westlake to set up his last-minute heroics and the Gaels’ improbable victory.

 

Williams faced 30 shots in the game, making 28 saves, while Eagles goaltender, Peter Pirone, gave up three goals on 16 shots.



O'Connell's Lex Smith had a goal and an assist in the Knights' 3-1 victory over Calvert Hall at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington on Friday night.

O'Connell Battles Past Calvert Hall, 3-1

 

Bishop O’Connell’s Lex Smith led the Knights (1-0 in MAPHL) with a goal and an assist, including the game winner in the second period, in the Knights’ 3-1 victory over Calvert Hall (0-2 in MAPHL) on Friday night at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

 

O’Connell rewarded a raucous home crowd by jumping on the Cardinals with a goal by Kareem Al-Bashir just under two minutes into the game. Smith picked up the primary assist, with Cooper Corbett recording the secondary helper.

 

Smith’s eventual game winner came at 2:45 of the second period, giving O’Connell a 2-0 lead and control of the game. Al-Bashir and Corbett picked up assists on the play. However, Calvert Hall Freshman Robbie Thompson’s fore-checking paid off when he scored unassisted and the Cardinals shorthanded at 10:46 of the middle stanza.

 

Junior Jake Hill regained the two-goal lead less than three minutes later when he took a pass from Carter Thompson and beat Calvert Hall goaltender Ben Algatt.

 

The contest saw the teams take a combined 21 penalties.  


Gonzaga Eagles Top MAPHL Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Gonzaga

 2. St. John's

 3. DeMatha

 4. Landon

 5. Bishop O'Connell

 6. Spalding

 7. Georgetown Prep

 8. St. Albans

 9. Mt. St. Joseph

10. Calvert Hall

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The 2019-20 MAPHL season is upon us and the top flight AA Division coaches have once again voted the Gonzaga Eagles as the league's team to beat. The powerhouse from DC will be going for its fourth consecutive title and seventh in 11 years.

 

The up and coming St. John's Cadets are in the number two spot, while DeMatha, Landon and Bishop O'Connell round out the top five. Archbishop Spalding, who lost to Gonzaga in last season's MAPHL championship game, is in the sixth spot.


Prep's Abercrombie Featured in NHL.com's Color of Hockey Series

 

Georgetown Prep assistant coach Duante Abercrombie, an alumnus of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone program, is featured in the league's Color of Hockey blog on nhl.com, as he climbs the coaching ladder. In addition to his duties at Prep, Abercrombie was recently hired as an assistant at NCAA Division III Stevenson University, located outside of Baltimore.

 

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According to the story, Abercrombie started playing hockey at the age of six when he laced them up for Washington's storied Ft. Dupont Ice Hockey Club and later starred in high school for Gonzaga, where he led the Eagles to four Maryland Student Hockey League/MAPHL championships.