Prep Hockey hit the ice for their first league game to start the 2017-18 season. The Hoyas had a tough matchup against the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights who were also in the playoffs last year. This year’s Prep team is led by Captain Daniel Cole (18) with assistant captains Michael Davidson (18), Will Boggs (18), and Clay Lanham (19). The Hoyas started fast with a power play goal just over four minutes into the first period from Matthew Scola assisted by Daniel Cole. The Knights responded four minutes into the second period to knot it at 1-1. Late in the second period the Hoyas had a scare when Alex Chaconas went down in a heap in the offensive zone. In the third period he was able to return to the game and provided the go-ahead goal with a sensational move on the breakaway bringing the score to 2-1 with an assist from Marco Nascone and Michael Davidson. The Hoyas continued to pepper the opposing goaltender with shots and were able to breakthrough again late in the third when Matthew Scola banked a shot off of a Knight’s defensemen to extend Prep’s lead to 3-1. The knights would not go away quietly and went on to score just over a minute later to cut the lead back to one. The Hoyas held on to open their season with a 3-2 win and pickup two valuable points in the standings. Looking ahead, the Hoyas take on Mt. St. Joes in their first Friday night prime time game at 6:30 at Cabin John. Hoya Saxa!
By: Chris Lemmo