The 2018-19 Gonzaga Hockey Media Guide is a keepsake that features all three teams (Varsity, Varsity II and JV) and includes photos and the accomplishments of Eagles' teams since the program was established in 1992. It is the opportunity to recognize your son and Gonzaga hockey by purchasing an ad and/or help raise money for the hockey program by selling an ad to the many local businesses and alumni that would like to support the program.
Click HERE to access the Family Ad Letter and Order Form for the 2018-19 Gonzaga Hockey Media Guide. Thank you for supporting Gonzaga Hockey!
Click HERE to view the video highlights from the annual Purple White Game and the ceremony to recognize the Dominik Pettey Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Peter Pirone made 18 saves in Gonzaga's 1-1 tie against DeMatha, including a spectacular pad save with about three minutes left in the game to preserve the tie.
Gonzaga opened their WCAC season with a hard-fought, 1-1 tie with DeMatha at The Gardens Icehouse in Laurel. Farrell Dinn got the Eagles on the board first at two minutes and fifty-seconds of the opening period, but Erick Reiniger equalized for the Stags at 12:34.
No goals were scored the rest of the way and play featured several key saves by Gonzaga’s Peter Pirone, including an outstanding glove save in the second and a pad save with about three minutes left in the game. A cross-ice pass gave a DeMatha forward a wide open net to shoot, but Pirone slid across the goalmouth to block what appeared to be an easy tap-in goal.
Both goalies made 18 saves in the game, with seven DeMatha shots coming in the 3rd period.
The Purple White Game was a big success, as the annual kick off to the hockey season and fundraising event raised $51,292 for the Dominik Pettey Scholarship Fund through the GiveCampus website.
The event was highlighted by Patrick and Magdalena Pettey, Dom's parents, participating in the ceremonial puck drop, and the singing of the National Anthem by Justin Fronda ('20).
The White team may have beat the Purple team this year, but in this annual event, the Dominik Pettey Scholarship Fund is always the winner.
Ben Plant raised the MAPHL championship trophy for Gonzaga in 2017. The Eagles will go for a three-peat in the top-flight AA Division this season, while the Varsity II team attempts to win its fourth A Division crown in a row.
The Eagles will open their 2018-19 season at home against Churchill H.S. at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
Gonzaga will face DeMatha in a non-league tilt at The Gardens Icehouse in Laurel on Friday at 5:50 p.m. While the game will not count in the MAPHL standings, it will be the first time the rivals face off since they played in the MAPHL championship last season. The Eagles defeated the Stags, 4-1, for their second consecutive title in the top-flight AA Division.
Annual Dominik Pettey Memorial Purple White Game
Friday, Nov. 9, at Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Opening Ceremonies begin at 4:00 pm; Puck Drops at 4:30 pm.
Gonzaga Ice Hockey kicks off the 2018-19 season with the Annual Dominik Pettey Purple White Game, an inter-squad game played in honor of friend and teammate Dominik Pettey ’15, who died in a car accident in 2014.
The event raises money for the Dominik L. Pettey ’15 Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at Gonzaga. Dominik, whose #11 was retired by Gonzaga hockey after his tragic death, embodied the spirit of Gonzaga, and the fund is one way we keep his legacy strong on Eye Street. All gifts help make a Gonzaga education possible for deserving students.
Click HERE to view video about Dominik Pettey.
Sammy Gerdano ('10), Gonzaga varsity's new head coach, led the Varsity II to the MAPHL A Division championship last year.
Gonzaga Hockey Director Bill Slater relinquished the head coaching duties to Sammy Gerdano (`10) this past summer. Gerdano served as co-head varsity II coach last season, leading the Eagles to its second straight MAPHL A Division championship. Below is a letter sent out by Gonzaga Athletic Director Joe Reyda announcing the changes.
Dear Gonzaga Hockey Community,
I am happy to share that Mr. Samuel Gerdano has joined the faculty of Gonzaga and will be teaching computer science this coming school year. With that development, I am also happy to announce that he will assume the responsibility of Head Varsity Hockey Coach. It is a terrific development for the school, the hockey program and, particularly, the boys themselves. Bill Slater and I feel it is critical to the long-term success of the program and most important to the day-to-day success of the boys themselves that the coach is accessible during the school day.
Coach Gerdano is a graduate of Gonzaga and has been coaching for the last three years, winning two championships with the Varsity 2 team. He and Ford Lands were named MAPHL Co-coaches of the year this past season. The majority of the coaching staff from this past season will return with the exception of Captain Bill Harris who has been relocated to San Antonio with the Air Force.
Bill Slater will remain Program Director working closely with Coach Gerdano and the entire coaching staff to continue to keep the Gonzaga hockey program the premier program in the DMV.
Please join me in congratulating Coach Gerdano.