With a raucous capacity crowd of more than 800 at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel on Friday night, the Gonzaga Eagles (12-0-1 in the MAPHL) overcame an early deficit and went on to defeat the DeMatha Stags, 4-1, and capture their second consecutive MAPHL AA Division title and fifth in the last nine years. The celebration on Eye Street actually began nearly two hours earlier after the Eagles’ A division team defeated St. Stephan’s & St. Agnes, 5-2, for a record third consecutive league title.
The consecutive years that one school has won both division titles is also a record.
DeMatha’s Johnathan Matta scored on rebound just over three minutes into the game after a shot from Wyatt Hinkson. The Stags could only hold the lead for a little more than 10 minutes before Luca Docking’s power-play goal knotted the game at one each.
Gonzaga would take a 2-1 lead at 9:59 of the second period when Tommy Krisztinicz used a defender as a screen and wristed a shot over DeMatha goalkeeper Andrew Takacs’ glove and into the top corner of the net.
The Eagles defense came up large in the third period when it killed off a majority of a 5-minute major penalty for boarding on Jack Massey. Immediately after DeMatha’s Erick Reiniger served a two-minute minor for slashing during Massey’s major penalty, the Stags were back on the power play. However, rather than producing the tying goal, Gonzaga’s Chase Vallese ripped a slap shot from the point over Takacs shoulder to give the Eagles a two-goal cushion.
Dominic Basse stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal to earn the first star of the game.
Will Rosen sealed the victory and sent the Gonzaga faithful into a frenzy by scoring an empty net goal with 45 seconds left in the game.
In the A Division championship, the Eagles were the first to strike when Connor Byrne scored shorthanded at 8:28 of the first period. The lead did not last long, as St. Stephen’s & St Agnes’ Atticus Beane evened the score just 30 seconds later.
Byrne would strike again, however, at 14:22, to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead after the first intermission.
Three more goals would follow—including two from Nico Giannetti and one from James Todaro—as the Eagles would build a 5-1 lead early in the third period to cruise to their third title in the seven years since the MAPHL created the A Division in the 2011-12 season.
During both games the MAPHL announced the A and AA Division All-Conference teams. Leading the way was Gonzaga sophomore Cole Vallese, who was named the top-flight AA Division's Player of the Year. Cole's brother, Chase, a senior, was named to the AA second team along with junior Will Rosen. Henry Middlebrook and Domonic Basse received honorable mentions.
In the A Division, Jack Martino was named Player of the Year, while freshman Ethan Baxley and junior Robbie Dubay each earned First Team honors and Connor Byrne was selected to the Second Team. Co-head coaches Sammy Gerdano and Ford Lands earned the Ervin J. Terwilliger "Coach of the Year" Award.
Gonzaga II's Jack Martino (#20) was named the MAPHL A Division Player of the Year.
It's a three-peat for Gonzaga II! The Eagles defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 5-2, at Laurel on Friday night to capture their their third consecutive MAPHL A Division championship.
Gonzaga defeated DeMatha, 4-1, to win the MAPHL AA Division championship for the second consecutive year on Friday night at Laurel. The Eagles also won the A Division championship as Gonzaga II defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 5-2.
Sophomore Cole Vallese (#21) was named MAPHL "AA" Player of the Year.
Co-Head Coaches Sammy Gerdano '10 (left) and Ford Lands '10, who led Gonzaga II to an 18-8-1 regular season record and the MAPHL A Division championship, were named the Ervin J. Terwilliger "Coach of the Year" for the A Division.
As the Eagles prepare to face the DeMatha Stags in the MAPHL AA Division final on Friday night, Gonzaga fans can get fired up by watching highlights of the last time the two teams faced each other in the league's championship game.
Back in 2010, the Eagles jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead early in the opening period at Laurel with one of those goals coming from current varsity assistant coach Jack Slater, who was a freshman at the time. Current VII assistant coach Alex Panzarella, a junior at the time, assisted on Rainey Brown's eventual gamewinner in Gonzaga's 3-2 victory, its first MAPHL title.
Come cheer on both the Gonzaga Varsity and Varsity II teams as they compete in the MAPHL A and AA Division finals on Friday, February 23, at Laurel. Details are below:
MONUMENTAL SPORTS NETWORK IS BROADCASTING BOTH GAMES
The Gonzaga Eagles spread the offense around as five different players scored in their 6-1 victory over Spalding in the top flight MAPHL AA Semifinals at Rockville Ice Arena on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles will face DeMatha in the MAPHL final for the first time since 2010 and will try to repeat as AA Division champions on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Laurel.
Tommy Krisztinicz had two goals and Luca Docking and Cole Vallese each notched two assists in the game. Jack Massey, Sean Kilcullen, Matthew Massaro, and Jack Norton also scored.
In the MAPHL A Division semifinal, Gonzaga II overwhelmed Landon II, 13-2. The Eagles will attempt to repeat as A Division champions when they face off against St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 3-1 winners against DeMatha II, in the final at Laurel on Friday at 5 p.m.
Matthew Massaro (#2) scores against Spalding in Gonzaga's 6-1 victory in the MAPHL AA Semifinal at Rockville Ice Arena on Friday afternoon. The Eagles will face DeMatha in the AA final at Laurel on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The defending MAPHL champions begin the defense of their title when the Gonzaga Eagles face St. Albans in the league's AA Division quarterfinal round on Tuesday, February 20, at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena. Game time is 5 p.m.
The Eagles defeated St. Albans, 8-2, on December 12 at Ft. Dupont in the teams' only meeting of the season. Jack Norton and Cole Vallese each scored two goals in the game. Henry Middlebrook, Luca Docking, Colin O'Leary, and Farrell Dinn all scored in the game.
Cole Vallese (#21) scored with 3:28 left in the game to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 win over DeMatha and the MAPHL regular season title.
Cole Vallese’s goal with 3:26 left in the third period lifted Gonzaga to a 2-1 victory over DeMatha and to the MAPHL AA regular season title. The Eagles finished the league season undefeated (10-0-1), with the only blemish a 3-3 tie against Mt. St. Joseph's in their first league game of the season on Nov. 13.
In a tight checking contest at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Gonzaga got on the board first at 2:18 of the second period when Henry Middlebrook’s shot from the point found its way past a screened Stags goaltender Andrew Takacs. The Eagles’ penalty killing unit also played a role after they did not allow DeMatha (9-1-1) to score during a five-minute major penalty for boarding on Colin O’Leary.
DeMatha’s tied the game at 2:47 of the third period with Erick Reiniger's unassisted goal.
On Vallese's gamewinner, Kurt Bruun dug the puck out of the corner and passed to Will Rosen, who found Vallese alone in the slot. Vallese's backhander beat Takacs high on the glove side.
Dominic Basse made 24 saves in the game, while DeMatha's Takacs faced 19 shots and made 17 saves.
All quarterfinal games to be played on Tuesday, Feb. 20:
#1 Gonzaga vs. #8 St. Albans (5 p.m., Ft. Dupont Ice Arena)
#2 Landon vs. #7 Georgetown Prep (4 p.m., Rockville)
#3 DeMatha vs. #6 Bishop O'Connell (4:40 p.m., Laurel)
#4 Spalding vs. #5 St. John's (4 p.m., Piney Orchard)
The Gonzaga Eagles demonstrated why they are the MAPHL’s only unbeaten team (7-0-1) in league play—and why they have been the Washington area’s No. 1 ranked team—as they battled past Georgetown Prep, 7-2, in hostile territory at Cabin John Ice Arena on Friday night.
The heated rivalry didn’t disappoint the capacity crowd as there were plenty of goals, thundering hits and penalties (Gonzaga had eight and the Little Hoyas three).
But it was the Eagles that jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals from Farrell Dinn, Tommy Krisztinicz and Colin O’Leary. Prep (4-4-0 MAPHL) got on the board with an unassisted power-play goal at 4:28 of the second period to get within two.
Malik Lansdown and Henry Middlebrook scored less than four minutes apart to put the Eagles back up by four before Prep scored to pull within three again. It would be the closest the Little Hoyas would get as O’Leary and Krisztinicz each would score their second goals of the game to seal the victory.
The Gonzaga Eagles celebrated their seniors and capped off the annual "Senior Night" festivities by feasting on the visiting St. Mary's Ryken Knights, winning 9-1.
Check out photos from the ceremony and the game HERE.
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!
Max Thiessen scores one of his two goals in Gonzaga's 5-1 win against Landon on Wednesday at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena.
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.
The Eagles are now tied with St. John's (4-2-1) for first place in the MAPHL. Both teams have nine points.
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 (Cleveland, OH) defeated Gonzaga, 5-1, to capture their second Purple Puck championship since 2012. Joey Trobenter scored two goals and Connor McGowan and Eric Lile both had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats in the championship game. Farrell Dinn tallied Gonzaga's only goal.
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. Gonzaga will face St. Ignatius in the Purple Puck championship game t
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.
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.
UPDATE: GONZAGA REACHES PURPLE PUCK CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WITH 1-0 SHUTOUT OF LOYOLA ACADEMY, FACE ST. IGNATIUS TODAY AT 6 PM:
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
CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE/RESULTS AND FOR TIMES OF CONSOLATION GAMES
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.