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Gonzaga to Honor Seniors Before January 19 Game at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena

The Gonzaga Eagles will host "Senior Night" on Friday, January 19th, immediately before the varsity face off against St. Mary's Ryken at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena at 4:45 p.m. The annual ceremony honors senior players and managers and their parents. The Varsity II team is scheduled to face off later that evening at 8 p.m. against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. 

Congratulations to the following seniors! 

  • Michael Curran (V1)
  • Nich Egan (V2)
  • Jalen Greene (V1)
  • Sam Hoefer (Team Manager) 
  • Jack Hogan (V2)
  • Dylan Jacobs (Team Manager)
  • Ian Kilcullen (V1)
  • Matthew Massaro (V1)
  • Henry Middlebrook (V1)
  • Conor O'Leary (V1)
  • Adam Tanielian (V2)
  • James Todaro (V2)
  • Chase Vallese (V1)
  • Matt Walter (V2) 
  • Brendan With (V2)



Max Thiessen scores one of his two goals in Gonzaga's 5-1 win against Landon on Wednesday at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena.

Four-Goal Outburst Carries Eagles Past Landon

The Eagles (10-3-1, 4-0-1 MAPHL) were battling Landon (10-2, 2-1 MAPHL) to a 1-1 tie deep into the second period before four answered goals broke open the game and led Gonzaga past the Bears, 5-1.

Cole Vallese paced the Eagles with two goals and an assist, while Max Thiessen scored two goals in the third period and Farrell Dinn added a goal and an assist. Jalen Greene made 16 saves on 17 shots on goal.

Read about the game in The Washington Post.

The Eagles are now tied with St. John's (4-2-1) for first place in the MAPHL. Both teams have nine points.

Eagles Kick Off 2018 Portion of Schedule Ranked #1 in Washington Area

Sean Kilcullen and the Gonzaga Eagles start 2018 as the number one-ranked team in the DC area and tied for first in the MAPHL.

After finishing as the runner up in the 25th Annual Purple Puck during the holiday break, the Gonzaga Eagles (9-3-1 Overall, 3-0-1 MAPHL) start the 2018 portion of their schedule ranked #1 in the weekly Washington Post Top 10 and are tied for first in the MAPHL's top-flight AA Division. They have been the area's No. 1 team since the season's first ranking in mid-December.

The Eagles earned their way to the Purple Puck championship game by upsetting the tournament's #1 seed and llinois state champion (Loyola Academy of Wilmette) and falling in the final to the #2 seed and Ohio state champion (St. Ignatius of Cleveland).

Read the Washington Post coverage of the Purple Puck and see this week's ranking. 

The Eagles return to action this coming week when the top-ranked V-1 team hosts Landon in an MAPHL game on Wednesday, January 10, at 4:15 p.m. at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. The V-2 team faces off against Churchill H.S. in a non-league game at Laurel on Tuesday, January 9, at 4:50 p.m. 

St. Ignatius (Ohio) Tops Eagles to Reclaim Purple Puck Championship

The St. Ignatius Wildcats (Cleveland, Ohio) scored four unanswered goals, including two on the power, after Gonzaga tied the game at 1-1 to win its second Purple Puck championship since 2012.

It was the 25th National Capital Hockey Tournament and the host Gonzaga Eagles hoped to celebrate the anniversary with its seventh title after defeating the #1 seed Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL), 1-0, in the semifinals on Saturday morning, but St. Ignatius was too much for the Eagles.

Joey Trobenter opened the scoring for the Wildcats at 6:28 of the first half. Gonzaga's Farrell Din tipped in a point drive by Chase Vallese just over three minutes later to tie the score. Chase's brother, Cole, picked up the secondary assist on the goal. St. Ignatius regained the lead at 15:03 when Connor McGowan scored on a pass from Michael Boehm.

The Wildcats wasted no time in adding to their lead when Eric Lile's long-range wrister found its way past Gonzaga goalie Dom Basse just 14 seconds into the second half. McGowan picked up his second point of the game with the assist. Bain Kurtz's tally and Trobenter's second of the game were scored on the power play, providing a four-goal cushion.

The Wildcats' Benny Savarino made 24 saves on 25 shots, while Basse stopped 29 of the 34 shots he faced. 

Dom Basse (#39) stood tall for the Eagles, saving all 26 shots he faced in Gonzaga's 1-0 victory over Loyola Academy in a Purple Puck semifinal game on Saturday at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena.

Dom Basse (#39) stood tall for the Eagles, saving all 26 shots he faced in Gonzaga's 1-0 victory over Loyola Academy in a Purple Puck semifinal game on Saturday at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. Gonzaga will face St. Ignatius in the Purple Puck championship game t

Eagles Reach Purple Puck Final Today at 6 p.m.

Tommy Kristinicz's goal at 10:14 of the first half, with assists from Kurt Bruun and Malik Lansdown, and Dom Basse's 26 saves led the #4 seeded Eagles in their 1-0 victory over #1-seed Loyola Academy in a Purple Puck semifinal game on Saturday morning at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. 

Gonzaga will face #2-seed St. Ignatius in the Purple Puck championship game today at 6 p.m. at Ft. Dupont. St. Ignatius defeated #3-seed St. Joseph's Prep in the other semifinal matchup.

Tommy Kristinicz scored Gonzaga's only goal in its 1-0 shutout of Loyola Academy in today's Purple Puck semifinal game. The Eagles will face St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) in the championship game today at 6 p.m. at Ft. Dupont.

Eagles #1 in Washington Post Top 10

The Gonzaga Eagles  (6-1-1) are ranked #1 in the weekly Washington Post Top 10. This follows the newspaper's initial ranking for the 2017-18 season the previous week, in which the Eagles also held the top spot. Check out the latest Top 10 ranking HERE.

The Eagles are 3-0-1 in the MAPHL and enter the holiday break in a four-way tie for first place with Bishop O'Connell, St. John's and St. Albans. Cole Vallese leads the Eagles with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in eight games. 

25th Annual Purple Puck Results


8 a.m.     #1 Loyola Academy, (0) vs. #4 Gonzaga, (1)

10 a.m.   #2 St. Ignatius, (2) vs. #3 St. Joseph's Prep, (0)

6 p.m.      Championship Game
                    St. Ignatius vs. Gonzaga



Loyola Academy (Maroon) captured the Varsity Division Championship on Thursday (Dec. 28) with a 5-1 victory over host Gonzaga at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. Stone Ridge captured the Directors Cup Championship in the Girl's Division of the Purple Puck with a 11-6 victory over Georgetown Visitation on Tuesday, Dec. 26, also at Ft. Dupont.

The teams are set, the ice is ready, and the Eagles are poised to capture their first Prep Division championship since 2013 in the 25th Annual National Capital Hockey Tournament (Dec. 26-30), known as the Purple Puck, held at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. See the full schedule/results HERE, including PREP Division and VARSITY Division games, the annual Alumni Game (Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.), the Director's Cup (girl's division with games on Dec. 26), and an exhibition game between the Gonzaga JV and the Ft. Dupont Cannons (Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.).

The 25th anniversary year features  a Prep Division that includes Hun School of Princeton (Princeton, NJ), Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL), Loyola High School (Montreal,j Canada), Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, CO), St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland, OH), St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, PA), along with local teams from the MAPHL (Archbishop Spalding, Bishop O'Connell and Georgetown Prep.)

The Eagles have won the Varsity Division the last two years in a row.  

Eagles Take Flight Over Bulldogs

After spotting St. Albans two goals in the first period, the Gonzaga Eagles scored eight unanswered goals beginning just 38 seconds into the second period and cruised past the Bulldogs, 8-2, at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena on Tuesday night. The Eagles put 61 shots on goal in the game.

Cole Vallese led the Eagles with two goals and two assists, while Jack Norton added three points (2 goals, 1 assist).

Henry Middlebrook started the onslaught for Gonzaga, with an assist from Farrell Dinn. Colin O’Leary pulled the Eagles even at 4:11, followed by Vallese’s unassisted go-ahead goal at 6:30 of the second. Norton and Kurt Bruun assisted on O’Leary’s goal.

The third period turned into a shooting gallery for the home team, as Gonzaga scored five times on 27 shots on goal. Norton scored two of those goals, while Vallese picked up his second of the game and Dinn notching one of his own. Luca Docking added a goal to the rout.

Jackson McDonnell and Evan Orloff scored for St. Albans. Gonzaga goalie Dominic Basse made 15 saves on 17 shots.

Cole Vallese had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in Gonzaga's 8-2 rout of St. Albans at Ft. Dupont on Tuesday night.

Middlebrook Receives Michael Kelleher Scholar-Athlete Award

Henry Middlebrook (third from right, with plaque) received the Michael Kelleher Scholar Athlete Award at a ceremony on Sunday, December 10. The award goes to an outstanding senior who excels academically and athletically and is involved in community service. In addition to the plaque, Middlebrook also received a cash award of $500 to be used toward college expenses. Joining Henry at the ceremony and pictured above were (L-R): Conor O'Leary, Colin O'Leary, Coach Bill Slater, John Cotten, director of the Purple Puck Tournament, and Ian Kilcullen. 

Eagles Open MAPHL Season with 3-3 Tie Against Mt. St. Joseph's

Mt. St. Joseph's hosted the defending MAPHL champion Gonzaga at Laurel in the first game of the 2017-18 season for both teams. Paolo Meany's goal just 2:44 seconds after Gonzaga went ahead, 3-2, drew the Gaels even late in the third period. 

The Eagles' Cole Vallese scored two goals in the first period and Mt. St. Joseph's countered with goals from Rory Nilan and Noah Blonder in the second. Gonzaga's Tommy Krisztinicz put the Eagles up, 3-2, at 7:04 of the third period before Meany's power-play tally.

The Gael's Connor Churko faced 32 shots on goal, making 29 saves. Adam Tanielian made 13 saves on 16 shots on goal for Gonzaga.

Bill Slater, Head Coach and Hockey Director
Reed Deckard ('04), Assistant Coach
Bill Harris, Assistant Coach
Ryan Holley ('07), Assistant Coach
Ford Lands ('10), Assistant Coach
Andrew Panzarella, Assistant Coach
Jack Slater ('13), Assistant Coach
Michael Willis, Assistant Coach

Sammy Gerdano ('10), Co-Head Coach
Ford Lands, ('10) Co-Head Coach

Alex Panzarella ('11), Assistant Coach 


Donnie Walter ('10), Head Coach
Marquise Cotten ('11), Assistant Coach
Brent Wegner, Assistant Coach


The Fort is Purple

Monumental Sports Network produced the short video The Fort is Purple.  The video chronicles Gonzaga players and coaches preparing for its game with St. Albans on Jan. 31st. Both teams call Fort Dupont Ice Arena home, but the Eagles were hoping to avenge last season's 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs, snapping the Eagles' 41-game unbeaten streak, and keeping "the Fort purple" for another year.


Dominik Pettey Scholarship Drive a Success!

Thank you to all who supported our 11-day scholarship drive in honor of our friend and teammate! We raised $31,686 through online giving.

The Dominik Pettey Scholarship Fund was established to perpetuate the memory of Dom, Class of 2015 so that a deserving young man who could otherwise not afford the cost of tuition can realize his dream of a Gonzaga education. The recipient will have demonstrated in his young life those core values exemplified by Dom of a deep devotion to faith, family and friends. 

To support the scholarship fund, please visit:


Ft. Dupont Ice Arena has been the home of the Gonzaga Eagles since the program's inception in the 1992-93 season. It is operated by the Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Friends of FDIA), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), was formed in the summer of 1996 in response to the pending closure of the ice arena by its owner, the National Park Service. Parents and friends organized and took over the management of the arena, revitalizing the facility that is located in the heart of Ward 7 in Southeast DC.