Varsity Hockey Season Recap
After a seven game run which included the team’s first victory in many years over Gonzaga in early February, and the first I.A.C. championship over Landon in many years, the season came to an end Wednesday night in the semifinal game for the MAPHL cup in which Prep fell short to Gonzaga 3-0. The Hoyas started the season with a new coaching staff, many new players, and a lineup filled with injuries. This was a team that came into the season struggling in their first few games. Many counted this team out early on; however, over the course of the season the coaching, talent and chemistry of this team came shining through. We say goodbye to our seniors, Captain MacDowell Johnston and Assistant Captains Ben Holman and Tom Olson as well as seniors Alex Ratliff and Max Metcalfe. They led this team into battle each and every game and contributed a veteran presence that was the driving force behind the team’s playoff success. We are proud of our team and what they have accomplished this year and thank them for bringing home a cup! Hoya Saxa!
By Chris Lemmo
Prep prevailed over Landon in a 2-0 shutout tonight. Congratulations Boys!
After a long road trip to visit the Saints in Virginia, the Hoyas used some late game heroics on a goal by Daniel Cole assisted by Jack Donavon with 10.9 seconds left to play. Will Boggs had another incredible night in goal, saving all 26 shots in his latest shutout. The boys are looking forward to a championship matchup with rival Landon on Thursday in Rockville. Should be an awesome game! Come out and cheer the Hoyas on to bring home the banner! Hoya Saxa!
Prep will play St. Stevens/St. Agnes on Tuesday at 4:10 pm at Prince William Ice Rink in the first round of the IAC Playoffs. Prep is the third seed. St. Albans is the top seed and will play the winner of Landon Bullis on Tuesday.
The IAC finals are scheduled for Thursday at 4:45 pm at Ft. DuPont.
MAPHL Playoffs will commence on 2/20. Seeding and game information to come.
Facing a must win situation the Hoyas were able to beat rival Gonzaga for the first time in many years in what will go down as one of the best Prep hockey wins in recent memory. The Hoya’s defense was strong all night and kept Gonzaga from maintaining long periods of pressure in their offensive zone. Will Boggs posted yet another shutout stopping all 25 shots that came his way. The game remained scoreless until the halfway mark of the second period when MacDowell Johnston scored a power play goal assisted by James Flannery. The Hoyas kept up the pressure while Tom Olson scored a shorthanded goal from James Flannery. Going into the third, up 2-0, the Hoyas continued to keep the puck in their own offensive zone while Gonzaga spent a lot of time in the penalty box. The Hoyas broke through once again late in the third with a goal by James Flannery assisted by Tom Olson and Nolan Urgo. This big win puts the Hoyas one step closer to clinching a playoff spot with a big showdown against St. Johns Friday night at Cabin John. Hoya Saxa!
By Chris Lemmo
The Hoyas and Saint Albans battled to a 3-3 tie Friday night in front of another standing room only crowd at Cabin John. Once again the stage was set for another heated rival game against one of the IAC and MAPHL’s best teams. The first period was filled with many opportunities, with the Hoyas keeping a lot of the action in their offensive zone for the second half of the period. Despite the frequent chances on both ends the goalies were able to keep the game scoreless heading into the second period. St. Albans broke through late in the second with a short-handed goal, but Prep was quick to respond with a goal by Ben Holman assisted by Michael Curran just a few minutes later to tie the game 1-1. Going into the third, things got heated between the two rivals and the penalty box had a lot of visitors. Tom Olson kicked off the scoring just a minute into the period with an unassisted goal. St. Albans tied the score at 2 before committing a non-releasable 5 minute major for boarding. The Hoya power play started out quick with a goal by Daniel Cole assisted by MacDowell Johnston and James Flannery; however the boys were unable to strike again on the long power play and clung to a 3-2 lead before St. Albans stuck with 53 seconds left to tie it up 3-3. With no overtime in the regular season, the Hoyas were only able to pickup 1 point in the standings. This was a very valuable point against one of the strongest teams in the league and one that is ranked just ahead of Prep in the number 6 spot in the area. Despite the tie, the Hoyas were able to help their playoff push and gain momentum going in their game against DeMatha on Monday.
by Chris Lemmo
It’s a time honored tradition at Prep to beat Landon at all sports and Friday night was no exception. In front of an electric, standing room only crowd, Goaltender Will Boggs and the Hoya defense stood tall in a 4-2 victory over Landon. Heading into the game there was never a sense among the players in the locker room of being the underdog, even though they were going up against the defending MAPHL champs and had not won against their rivals in many years. The Hoyas dominated the opening period from the drop of the puck with an early goal by freshman Peter Roche assisted by Alex Ratliff. Just over a minute later the Hoyas would strike again on a power play goal by Daniel Cole assisted by Alex Ratliff and Tom Olson. After one period of play the Hoyas were up 2-0 and outshot the Bears 12-1. It was the most dominant performance from this team all year. After the Bears found the back of the net early in the 2nd period Tom Olson answered right back with a goal assisted by Senior Captain MacDowell Johnston and James Flannery. After two periods of play the Hoyas went back to the locker room and knew what was a stake in the next period of play. An early Landon goal to cut the lead to 3-2 set up what became one of the wildest and most exciting periods of Prep hockey in quite some time. Both teams had several power plays and scoring opportunities but the staunch Prep defense was able to keep the puck out of the net. Finally, late in the third period Landon pulled their goalie out of desperation and Tom Olsen casually tucked a shot in the back pocket of the Landon net sending the bench and student section into a frenzy. The players celebrated right along the student section in a game for the ages. Hoya Saxa!
The Hoyas were back from Christmas vacation as they made the long trek up to Calvert Hall for a MAPHL League Game. The Hoyas went into the game with confidence against a familiar opponent as they defeated this team in the Purple Puck tournament 4-2 over the break. Unfortunately, the Hoyas were not as lucky this time and fell 5-2 at the hands of a strong Calvert Hall. The boys were down 2-0 before they were able to find the back of the net with a goal by James Flannery assisted by Tom Olson. The Hoyas offense was unable to build momentum off the goal and struggled to get shots on net for a majority of the game. The boys found themselves in a 5-1 deficit before they could strike again late in the 3rd with a power play goal by James Flannery. The Hoyas will be back in action Wednesday in Rockville at 5:50 against Churchill with a primetime match up against Landon looming large on Friday in Rockville. Trust the process…Hoya Saxa