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by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Fans Select Loudoun County vs. Stone Bridge as Capitals High School Game of the Week

The first round of voting for the Capitals High School Game of the Week received a tremendously positive response from fans eager to see the Walt Whitman vs. Winston Churchill matchup. The second round was equally well received as the Loudoun County vs. Stone Bridge game on Friday, Dec. 14, has been selected as the second Capitals High School Game of the Week.

High school hockey teams, friends, family and fans were given the opportunity to vote on which of the nominated high school matchups from D.C., Maryland or Virginia would have their game covered by the Capitals. Because of the success of the first round of voting, two additional contests were added. The Loudoun County vs. Stone Bridge matchup on Friday, Dec. 14, at Ashburn Ice House received the most votes and will be covered by the Capitals, who will produce a segment featuring highlights, analysis and interviews of both schools.

Each week the Capitals will highlight standout teams, players and coaches from each of the three local leagues in the Capitals Amateur Hockey Roundup.

Stone Bridge (3-0-0) has won three 10-0 contests this season and is currently first in the Norris Conference. Loudoun County (1-2-0) is coming off of a 5-3 loss to Potomac Falls/Heritage on Dec. 2. Three Stone Bridge players round out the top three scorers in the NVSHL as Chris Berry (8-5-13), Trevor Mack (8-4-12) and Cade Groton (3-8-11) are ranked first, second and tied for third in the league in points. Loudoun County forward Ryan Brown ranks tied for third in the league in goals scored (7).

Gonzaga continued its hot start to the season with wins over Spalding (7-0, Dec. 6) and Mt. St. Joseph (3-1, Dec. 7) last week, pushing their league-leading record to 3-0-0. Gonzaga has outscored its opponents 14-1 so far this season. Ryan Dieter, tied for first in the league in points (5), and Calvert Hall will face Spalding on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the only AA game scheduled this week.

Northern continued its dominance in the MSHL this season with a 14-0 win over Bowie last Monday (Dec. 3) and a 14-3 victory over Leonardtown on Friday (Dec. 7). Northern currently leads the Southern Conference with a 4-0-0 record and has outscored its opponents 50-6 this season. Northern senior Michael Carr leads the league in goals (15) while teammate Tristan Beeson leads the league in assists (9) in four games this season.

A pair of three-win teams will square off Monday as RMR (3-1-0) will face Washington County (3-1-1) while undefeated Monocacy Valley Conference rivals Oakdale (3-0-0) and Middleton Knights (2-0-0) will face off on Tuesday.

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