Amateur Hockey Roundup
DMV-Area Amateur Hockey Roundup for the week of December 17, 2012
Stone Bridge Continues Win Streak in Second Capitals High School Game of the Week
Another incredible atmosphere greeted the Washington Capitals for the second High School Game of the Week, which took place Friday, Dec. 14, between Stone Bridge and Loudoun County at Ashburn Ice House in Ashburn, Va.
The game started off with a great pace as each team traded chances early but as the period went on Stone Bridge’s puck possession began to take over. Loudoun County goaltender Ben Zienty kept his team in the game during the first period turning aside all 18 shots.
Loudoun County ran into penalty trouble in the second period, and Stone Bridge, who had mercy-ruled three of its first four opponents this season, took control on the power play. Captain Trevor Mack scored the game’s first goal, on the power play, and Stone Bridge never looked back. Mack’s second power-play goal of the period made it 2-0 before Chris Berry added two of his own to give Stone Bridge a 4-0 lead and a 51-5 shot advantage after the second period.
Stone Bridge picked up right where they left off, scoring three times in the first three-plus minutes of the final period. Trevor Mack completed his hat trick, slamming home a rebound of Loudoun goaltender Zienty to give Stone Bridge a 7-0 lead. Stone Bridge added an eighth goal to ice the scoring and earn their fifth win of the season.
Mack (three goals, one assist) was named the first star of the game followed by Zienty, who made 70 saves in the contest. The third start went to Berry (two goals, two assists).
Once again, the Washington Capitals thank both Loudoun County and Stone Bridge, as well as Ashburn Ice House, for their participation and excitement. The Capitals are excited to introduce a new voting system for the next Capitals High School Game of the Week. High schools, players, fans and parents can nominate a high school for our game of the week by following and tweeting @CapsYouthHockey with the hashtag #CapsComeHere along with the school name to nominate. The finalists will be selected to participate in the next round of fan voting on WashingtonCaps.com.
Each week the Capitals will highlight standout teams, players and coaches from each of the three local leagues in the Capitals Amateur Hockey Roundup.
Stone Bridge added its sixth win of the season on Sunday (Dec. 16) in a 7-1 win over Oakton. Mack added five more points (three goals, two assists) in the game and now leads the league with 24 points in six games. Langley improved to 3-0-0 on the season with a 4-1 win over McLean while Potomac Falls/Heritage (3-0-0) blanked Yorktown (2-2-0) by a score of 3-0. Briar Woods improved to 5-1-1 with two wins last week, outscoring their opponents 15-1 in those two contests.
There were two matchups last week in the Mid Atlantic Prep Hockey League. Spalding (2-1-0) knocked off Calvert Hall (1-2-1) by a score of 6-2 on Thursday, Dec. 13. Breanainn McNeally tallied a hat trick and an assist for Spalding and now leads the league in goals (4). DeMatha (1-0-1) beat Georgetown Prep (1-2-0) 7-1 on Friday (Dec. 14). Jackson Slattery and Garrett Hacksen each tallied two goals for DeMatha.
There’s just one game on the schedule this week as Mt. St. Joseph (0-3-0) will square off against St. Albans (0-1-0) on Tuesday (Dec. 18).
The Maryland Student Hockey League had a full slate of games last week, as a few teams remained undefeated in league play so far this season.
Marriotts Ridge (4-0-0) and Atholton (4-0-0) remained perfect with wins this past week while Northern improved on its league-best 5-0-0 record with a 15-5 victory over La Plata on Friday (Dec. 14). Annapolis Old Mill (4-0-0), Broadneck (3-0-0) and Easton (2-0-0) all remained unblemished with wins last week.
Winston Churchill forward Zach Arden continues to put up points and currently leads the league in points (25) and assists (15) in just seven games this season while goaltenders Kody Powers (Huntingtown) and Jonathan Thomson (Easton) share the league lead with two shutouts each.
Three games are scheduled for Monday night as last year’s Class 1A champion Washington County (4-1-1) will face the Middletown Knights (4-1-0) in a battle of the two first-place teams in the Monocacy Village Conference.