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Amateur Hockey Roundup

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

There wasn’t a lot of movement among the top teams in the NVSHL. Langley, Stone Bridge, Battlefield/Patriot and Woodbridge have all maintained their first place seats, but all are well within reach of competing teams. With the exception of the Norris Division where Stone Bridge holds a four-point lead, no more than two points separate the other three divisions. With just over a month left in the schedule there’s still plenty of time for a team to supplant to top seat. There was a high-scoring affair between Westfield and Loudon County last week (Jan. 11). Westfield won the matchup 17-7. The first period marked an offensive explosion, as the score leaving the period was 10-4. In this period both Ryan Ivey and Bryan Golnek of Westfield would record hat tricks, as well as Ryan Brown of Loudon County. All three would tally two more goals bringing their goals total to five for the game.

Winston Churchill maintained its dominance recording their 11th win of the season, with only two losses on record. They currently have three players in the top-5 spots in points and assists in the league. Zachary Arden of Winston Churchill is the only member of the league to hold a top-5 spot in points, goals and assists. Huntingtown high school bounced back from a loss against first place Northern to win 18-0 against Bowie (C). The win has put them down two points to Northern in their conference.

Loyola-Blakefield sits atop the league undefeated with seven wins and one tie. They have a seven point lead on St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes who are second with a 4-0 record on the season. The two are scheduled to play each other this Friday (Jan. 25) at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, which gives St. Stephens/St. Agnes an opportunity to make up some ground on the top team. They’ll put up their staunch defense, which has only allowed five goals to date, against Jonathan McGrath of Loyola Blakefield who is currently first in points, goals and assists in the MAPHL and accounts for almost one third of his team’s goals.

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