High school hockey is thriving in the DMV with three leagues kicking off this month. More than six dozen teams populate the three leagues. The Washington Capitals are partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL), Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) and the Maryland Student Hockey League (MSHL) to promote amateur hockey in the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. area.MAPHL
The MAPHL will begin its 2012-13 AA season on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when Calvert Hall faces powerhouse DeMatha. DeMatha won the championship in the league’s inaugural season (2007-08) but has lost in the finals each of the past four seasons. Landon, which has won the league championship for the last two seasons, will open its 2012-13 season on Dec. 7 at Calvert Hall.
Georgetown Prep senior Kyle Chadwick finished second in points last season (15) and led the league in goals (10) while being named a 2012 All-Gazette Second Team All-Star.NVSHL
The NVSHL opened play on the 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 9. Defending champion Stone Bridge has come out of the gate red hot with a pair of 10-0 victories over Yorktown (Nov. 9) and Westfield (Nov. 16). Goaltender Martin Trivieri earned shutouts in both contests while Chris Berry and Cade Groton are tied for the league lead in points (six). Briar Woods (1-0-1) forward Justin Plumhoff leads the league in goals (five) and is tied with Berry and Groton in points (six) in two games this season.
The league will resume play on Nov. 30 with six games schedule for that Friday.MSHL
Last week (Nov. 12) the MSHL kicked off its 2012-13 season. Defending 2A-champion Atholton started off on the right foot with a 4-2 win over River Hill on Friday (Nov. 16). Huntingtown scored the most goals in a single game last week in a 16-2 win over Leonardtown on Friday.
St. Mary’s Ryken senior forward Nathan Blondino, who tallied 105 points in just 17 league games last season, carried his dominance over from 2011-12, recording five goals and five assists in his first two games last week. Two players, Eric Samuels (Carrol County) and Robert Tibbs (Linganore), each scored five goals in just one game last week, tying with Blondino for the most goals scored in week one action.
Seven games are scheduled for Monday with last year’s Class 1A champion Washington County set to kick off its season against Walt Whitman in Hagerstown.
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