2016-17 MAPHL Honors
Player of the Year:
Cam Butler, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes
1st Team All Conference:
|Defense||Griffin Long||St. John's|
|Defense||Noah Tilton||St. Albans|
|Forward||Denis Kuzminov||St. Mary's Ryken|
|Goalie||Matthew Schaab||Calvert Hall|
Ervin J. Terwiliger Coach of the Year Award:
Chris Miller, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes
2nd Team All Conference:
|Defense||MacDowell Johnston||Georgetown Prep|
|Forward||James Flannery||Georgetown Prep|
|Goalie||Ethan Roth||St. Albans|
Player of the Year:
Farrell Dinn, Gonzaga
1st Team All Conference:
|Defense||Brandon Metheny||DeMatha II|
|Defense||Max Thiessen||Gonzaga II|
|Forward||Kurt Bruun||Gonzaga II|
|Forward||Colin O'Leary||Gonzaga II|
|Forward||Ryan Olson||DeMatha II|
|Goalie||Matt Peterson||DeMatha II|
Ervin J. Terwilliger Coach of the Year:
Kevin Richardson, Archbishop Spalding
Chase Vallese's game-winning goal sails past goalie Matt Schaab in Gonzaga's 2-1 victory over Calvert Hall in the MAPHL "AA" Division championship game on Friday night at Laurel.
Chase Vallese's goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game sent the boisterous crowd into a frenzy and gave the Gonzaga Eagles a 2-1 victory over Calvert hall in the MAPHL "AA" Division championship game on Friday night at Laurel. It was the Eagles' fourth MAPHL title in the last eight years and the first since 2014.
Calvert Hall's Brennan O''Brien scored at 8:35 of the third period to tie a close-checking game at 1-1 and set up the late game heroics from Vallese.
After a scoreless first period, Connor Tait struck first with a goal at 8:06 of the second period. Vallese's pass sent Tait into the offensive zone, where he skated into the slot and wristed a shot over Calvert Hall goalie Matt Schaab's right shoulder.
Vallese's winning goal turned out to be a family affair as his brother, Cole, got the secondary assist on the play. Tait got the primary assist.
Earlier in the evening, Gonzaga's Varsity II team defeated DeMatha's Varsity II to win the MAPHL "A" Division championship. It was the Eagles' second consecutive "A" Division championship.
It's the first time that the same school won both the MAPHL "A" and "AA" Division titles in the same year.
Good Counsel’s Brian Greenblatt Took On a Much Bigger Leadership Role When the Team’s Coach Stepped Down and the Season Was In Doubt
Senior Brian Greenblatt was excited about Good Counsel’s prospects as he prepared for the 2016-17 hockey season. He was a returning captain and was looking forward to leading a team that included four other seniors.
So, too, were the seven freshmen who were about to face the rough and tumble of MAPHL “AA” Division, arguably the best high school conference in the Washington metropolitan area.
Little did Greenblatt know that his first true test of leadership would come before the season would even begin.
As the Falcons were holding tryouts, the head coach had to suddenly step down, throwing the season—and the entire program—into uncertainty.
“It was a dark situation,” said Nate Cook, who had just started helping out with the junior varsity players when he was asked to take over as head coach. “I thought I bit off more than I could chew, but I didn’t want to give up on the kids.”
Nor was Greenblatt going to give up on his teammates. He had multiple meetings with the athletic department to keep the program on track while Cook got his sea legs and he became the person that Cook would turn to for help with everything from line combinations to scheduling games.
“He’s been a godsend,” said Cook. “Brian was my lifeline. He is a player everyone likes and looks up to. He gets people fired up.”
It’s Greenblatt’s passion for hockey that drives him. He not only captained his high school, he has worn the “C” for his Tri-City Eagles travel team, and works at the pro shops at both the Rockville and Laurel rinks.
“He doesn’t just love hockey, he lives and breathes it 24-7,” says Cook.
The situation Greenblatt was now facing certainly tested that passion. However, it turned out that the challenges that were ahead only made him love his sport and his teammates even more.
“We knew it would be a tough year, but we were going to keep our heads up and try to stay focused,” Greenblatt recalled.
With a depleted roster, which included defections and injuries, the losses mounted quickly. Some games were played with as little as eight players.
Greenblatt suffered a concussion during a tournament with his travel team and had to miss a couple of games.
“It crushed us,” says Cook. “It was an empty feeling not having him in the locker room for those games.
“He competed hard in every game and I was putting him out there every 30-45 seconds,” Cook added. “By the middle of the second period he was cramping up, but when it was time for his shift, he went right back out.”
The final MAPHL regular season standings show that Good Counsel finished 0-13 and scored a total of nine goals. But what the numbers don’t illuminate are the lessons Greenblatt has learned and the outstanding leadership he demonstrated.
“I really believe you can’t measure success by wins and losses,” Greenblatt says. “What I am proud of most is that our younger players really developed. And I know this may not make sense when you look at our record, but hard work really pays off. As a team, we kept it together and never backed down.
“I put all of my blood, sweat and tears into this team, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the way we came together as a group. I knew that if we just had fun, it would work out in the end.”
Greenblatt admitted, however, that it wasn’t one big joy ride. “There were times when I got frustrated and times when we had our heads down,” he says.
During a 10-0 loss to Landon, Greenblatt called a time out with only a few minutes left in the third period. He pushed his team to skate hard and try to score. A goal would not have put the Falcons back in the game, but it spoke volumes about his uncommon perseverance in the face of adversity.
“He’s a special kid,” Cook says. “I see how he interacts with people. He’s a phenomenal player, too. As a defenseman, he skates very well and plays at a very high level. When he is on the ice and near the puck, he is captivating to watch.”
His talent was recognized when he was voted First-Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for the 2016-17 season. This is the first year the storied league included ice hockey.
He appreciates the individual recognition, but is quick to credit his teammates for making him the player—and the person—he is today.
At Good Counsel’s last practice of the year, “players were hugging and crying and saying that they would never forget this season,” Cook recalled. “I think one of the main reasons for that feeling was Brian. He really stepped up.”
And what was Greenblatt’s assessment of what could have been a most forgettable season: “It was the best year of my life.”
The Falcons may still get the benefit of Greenblatt’s knowledge and experience, as he plans to attend the University of Maryland in College Park. Coach Cook would welcome his continued association with the program.
“Character means more than anything,” Cook says. “He could have easily left the team when there was so much uncertainty, and most of the team would have left with him. But he believed in them and they believed in him.”
Calvert Hall's Matthew Schaab made 40 saves in leading his team to the MAPHL Championship game on Friday night in Laurel. The Cardinals' Ryan Camille paced the offense with two goals, while Mitchell Bozhko added two assists.
The #1-seed Gonzaga Eagles, 3-0 winners against #6 Georgetown Prep, will face off against #5 Calvert Hall, who upset #2 DeMatha, 4-1, in the MAPHL championship game at Laurel on Friday night. Game time is immediately following the "A" Division championship, around 7 p.m. The Eagles last won the MAPHL championship in 2014 after defeating Calvert Hall, 3-1. Gonzaga also won the 2013 title after beating Calvert Hall in the final, 6-1. The Eagles have won three MAPHL titles, while the Calvert Hall Cardinals are still searching for their first league championship.
The MAPHL "A" Division Final between Gonzaga II and DeMatha II, will be played at 5 p.m. at Laurel. Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission fee is $10 and allows access to both games.
Connor Tate followed up his hat trick in quarterfinals with a goal and an assist to lead the Eagles into the MAPHL championship game against Calvert Hall on Friday night in Laurel.
Gonzaga's Connor Tate completes his hat trick in #1 Gonzaga's 7-0 shutout of #8 Landon in the MAPHL quarterfinal round. The Eagles will face #6 Georgetown Prep, who came from behind to upset #3 St. Albans, 4-3, in semifinals on Wed., Feb. 22, in Laurel.
#1 Gonzaga vs. #6 Georgetown Prep (Laurel), 4 p.m.
#2 DeMatha vs. #5 Calvert Hall (Laurel), 4 p.m.
The MAPHL Quarterfinal round will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the home rink of the higher seed. Following the results of the games on Tuesday, the teams will be reseeded to determine the semifinal matchups. The semifinal round will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Rockville Ice Arena (times TBD). The MAPHL championship game will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, at 7:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal, Tuesday, Feb. 21:
#1 Gonzaga vs. #8 Landon (Ft. Dupont Ice Arena), 4 p.m.
#2 DeMatha vs. #7 St. Mary's Ryken (Laurel), 4:40 p.m.
#3 St. Albans vs. #6 Georgetown Prep (Rockville), 3:45 p.m.
#4 St.Stephen's/St. Agnes vs. #5 Calvert Hall (Prince William), 4:10 p.m.
Gonzaga's goalie Dominic Basse finished off the team's fifth shutout of the MAPHL season in the Eagles' 4-0 win against St. Albans at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena on Tuesday. Gonzaga jumped over St. Albans and is now in a three-way tie for second place in MAPHL.
Gonzaga (8-1, MAPHL) jumped over St. Albans (7-1-3, MAPHL) into a three-way tie for second place in the MAPHL standings (with St. Stephen's and St. Agnes and Calvert Hall) after topping the Bulldogs, 4-0, at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena on Tuesday. The Eagles were again led by Connor Tait, who recorded his fourth hat trick (he had four goals against Mt. St. Joseph's) of the MAPHL season in the victory. He now has 17 goals and is tied for second in the MAPHL with St. Stephens and St. Agnes' Cam Butler. DeMatha's Jake Kaplan leads the MAPHL with 19 goals.
Gonzaga's Jalen Greene and Dominic Basse split the goaltending duties, combining for 26 saves and earning the team's fifth shutout in league play.
GAELS GET GOING: Mt. St. Joseph's Nate Daily (#22) scored two goals in the Gaels' 6-4 victory over Bullis on Thursday at Laurel. Bullis defenseman Shane Clayton recorded a hat trick (all three goals were unassisted!) in the loss.
READ THE WASHINGTON POST ICE HOCKEY NOTEBOOK, WHICH REMEMBERS DON GENSLER AS "THE GLUE" THAT HELD THE MSHL TOGETHER, HERE
The MAPHL mourns the passing of Jay Don Gensler on Friday, January 13. Gensler was the founder of the Maryland Student Hockey League (MSHL) and its commissioner for 14 years.
In a letter to MSHL schools, the league said, “Don was the vision that was behind high school hockey in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. His belief that high school hockey could succeed is borne out by the many teams that we have in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.”
His son, Donald, posted the following message on his Facebook page:
Friends of Jay Don Gensler,
This is his son, Donald Gensler. I saw Dad had a FB page, and I wanted to update you all on some very sad news.
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of my father's passing this past Friday 1/13/17 at 8pm in Columbia, MD. To those who knew Dad had gone in the hospital, thank you for all your prayers and well wishes during those two weeks.
My Dad was such a terrific man, father, soldier, and citizen. I can't fully express my profound sadness for his passing. None of us were aware, including my Dad, of the lung cancer looming within him. He died after just two weeks in the hospital.
He was someone always ready to help others and provide his insights, especially with home repair projects and community discussions. He was proud of his heritage from West Texas, and although traveling was difficult in recent years, he tried to make it back to Monahans to visit the old homestead as often as possible. He loved to walk in the sand dunes for hours searching for arrow heads and artifacts. He had a huge (really huge) stamp collection. He was the MSHL Commissioner for 14 years for high school ice hockey in Maryland and kept up as a volunteer with USA Hockey for years after that. He was a retired US Army Colonel. He was a loving father and husband.
He is so dearly missed.
Gonzaga's Connor Tait recorded a hat trick in his team's 5-2 victory over Landon at Rockville Ice Arena on Friday night.
In the much anticipated rematch of last season’s MAPHL championship game, the #2-ranked Gonzaga Eagles, led by Connor Tait’s hat trick, got the best of the #10-ranked Landon Bears, 5-2, in front of a raucous crowd at Rockville Ice Arena on Friday night.
Gonzaga’s Ian Kilcullen opened the scoring with a goal at 15:21 of the first period with an assist from Luca Docking. The Eagles picked up right where they left off when Cole Vallese fed Tait for his first goal of the game 35 seconds into the second period.
The Bears got to within one goal 3:51 into the second period when Spencer Davis scored on the power play. Nico Kenary picked up the only assist. Gonzaga regained the two-goal lead at 9:53 of the second as Docking and Matthew Massaro assisted on a goal by Jack Massey.
Tait completed his hat trick with two goals in the third period, including his third of game with only 22 seconds left in the final period and just after the Eagles had killed off a nearly two-minute, five-on-three advantage for the Bears.
Sandwiched between Tait’s goals in the third period, Kenary struck for Landon, giving the Bears a short-lived boost.
The teams combined for 63 shots on goal. Gonzaga put 32 shots on goal with Landon’s Ty Morton making 27 saves. The Eagles’ Dominic Basse faced 31 shots and made 29 saves.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes captain Cam Butler (#8) led the Saints with two goals and an assist in their 7-5 win against Landon at Rockville Ice Arena on Wednesday.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (SSSA) built a 4-0 lead in the first period and closed out what became a tight game with three third-period goals in a 7-5 victory over Landon at Rockville Ice Arena on Wednesday.
SSSA’s Bobby Staring had two goals, including a power play tally and the game winner while the Saints were shorthanded, and captain Cam Butler added two goals and an assist. Jack Lambeth assisted on Staring’s game-winning goal and added an empty-netter himself.
The Saints’ Max Simpson scored first as the Saints exploded for three goals in the first two minutes of the game. Peter Behrend followed Simpson and Butler’s first of two completed the fast start.
After getting two goals from Hayes Cusick, Landon’s Ryan Giles scored with 41.9 seconds in the second period to bring the Bears to within one goal at 4-3. He also added two assists in the game.
Landon goaltender Ty Morton started for the Bears and gave up three goals on four shots before being pulled in favor of Max Weinstein. Weinstein faced 14 shots and gave up three goals.
The Bears kept SSSA goaltender Alex Coackley busy. He faced 38 shots and made 33 saves.
In a battle of the #1 and #2 teams in the latest Washington Post Top 10 , the top-ranked DeMatha Stags held off a late rally from Gonzaga to defeat the Eagles, 5-4, at Laurel on Wednesday afternoon.
DeMatha’s Alvon Barard opened the scoring with the first of his two power play goals at 10:36 of the first period. Wyatt Hinkson picked up the only assist on the play. Gonzaga roared back with two goals from Connor Tait. Cole Vallese assisted on the first tally at 7:58 and exactly three minutes late, Connor O’Leary assisted on the second.
Lincoln Norton’s goal at 3:47 of the second period leveled the score at 2-2, but Gonzaga again went up a goal when John Cardellicchio scored at 10:39, with an assist from Will Jervey. The Eagles’ Will Rosen was in the penalty box for slashing when Teddy Whitehead assisted on Barard’s second power play goal to bring the score to 3-3 at the end of two periods.
DeMatha took charge in the third with two goals a little over two minutes apart. Jakob Kaplan scored unassisted at 7:47 and assisted on Lee Yang’s goal at 10:31. Gonzaga’s Connor Tait completed his hat trick with a goal at 11:50, but after pulling their goaltender with a little over a minute to play, and Tait missing a breakaway chance in the final minutes, the Eagles could not put the equalizer past Stags’ netminder Andrew Takacs.
Gonzaga outshot DeMatha, 41-33, with Takacs making 37 saves and Eagles’ netminder, Dominic Basse recording 28 saves.
Led by an eight-goal second period, including two tallies each from Timmy Bitsberger and Peter Yanes, the St. Albans Bulldogs cruised to an 11-0 victory against Good Counsel on Tuesday at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md.
St. Albans put 39 shots on goal, while Bulldog goalie Ethan Roth faced only seven shots in recording the shutout.
Also scoring for St. Albans were Jackson McDonnell, Noah Tilton, Duncan McDonell, Jack Lipson, David Mohler, and Alex Corwin.
St. Albans goalie Ethan Roth is all smiles after facing only seven shots and earning a shutout in the Bulldogs' 11-0 whitewash of Good Counsel on Tuesday afternoon at Laurel.
Purple Reign: The host Gonzaga Eagles were elimated in the top-flight Prep Division semifinal round of the 24th annual National Capital Hockey Tournament, known as the Purple Puck, by Loyola of Montreal (Quebec, Canada). St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia, defeated defending champion Hun School (Princeton, NJ) in the other semifinal. St. Joe's Prep went on to defeat Loyola, 6-3, in the title game to capture its first Purple Puck championship on Friday night at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C. Gonzaga, however, did not go home emptyhanded, as the Eagles won the Varsity Division title on Wednesday. Other MAPHL teams participating in the Purple Puck Prep Division were Calvert Hall and Georgetown Prep. Bullis and Spalding participated in the Varsity Division.
Following the holiday break, the MAPHL schedule resumes on Tuesday, January 2, when Good Council takes on St. Albans at Rockville Ice Arena. Game time is 3:40 p.m.
The Gonzaga Eagles built a three-goal lead in the first period that powered their 5-2 victory over Bishop O'Connell at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday afternoon.
Connor Tait led the Eagles with two goals, with Will Jervey, John Cardellicchio and Ian Kilcullen also scoring for the visitors. Cole Vallese chipped in two assists.
Cooper Corbett and Ben Gibbons scored second period goals for Bishop O'Connell, with Gibbons' goal coming with 19 seconds left in the second period and drawing the Knights to within two goals of the Eagles. It took only 1:21 into the third before Kilcullen gave Gonzaga a three-goal margin.
Connor Tait (#22) led Gonzaga with two goals in the Eagles' 5-2 victory over Bishop O'Connell at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday afternoon.
DeMatha ranked #1 in first Washington Post Top 10 of the season.
Washington Post Top 10
4. Stone Bridge
6. Bishop O'Connell
8. Broad Run
9. Marriotts Ridge
10. St. Albans
The MAPHL placed four teams in the first Washington Post Top 10 ranking of the season, including No. 1 DeMatha. Other teams making the cut were Gonzaga (#2), Bishop O'Connell (#6) and St. Albans (#10).
In a premier matchup this week, Gonzaga will play O'Connell on Tuesday at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Calvert Hall's Matthew Schaab made one of his 15 saves in a 4-0 shutout of Landon at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Calvert Hall jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back as they shutout Landon, 4-0, at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena in Baltimore on Tuesday. Jacob Johnsond opened the scoring for the Cardinals 1:25 into the game, with assists from Coby Smith and Ryan Camille, followed by goals less than a minute and a half apart from Brennan O'Brien and Pierce Coffman. Coffman added an assist on O'Brien's goal.
Matthew Schaab made 15 saves to earn the shutout.
Mitchell Bozhko put an exclamation point on the victory with a goal at 7:41 of the third period.
St. Mary's Ryken was led by a hat trick from Shane Gregan and a natural hat trick from Denis Kuzminov in its 7-3 win against Bullis on Friday night at Rockville Ice Arena. Jake O'Hara also scored for the Knights.
Gonzaga celebrates a goal in the Eagles' 6-1 win against Spalding on Wednesday afternoon at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena.
Three players had a goal and an assist and six different players scored for the preseason #1-ranked Gonzaga Eagles as they flattened Archbishop Spalding, 6-1, in an early season MAPHL matchup at Ft. Dupont Ice Arena on Thanksgiving eve. Captain John Cardellicchio was one of the three with a goal and an assist, opening the scoring 2:59 into the game. Cole Vallese assisted on the goal.
Connor Tait, with a helper from Will Rosen, and Ben Plant, assisted by Will Schuler and Tommy Krisztinicz, put the Eagles up, 3-0, after one period. Schuler scored with an assist from Plant at 6:31 of the second period to give the home team a 4-0 lead before Matthew Rand, with an assist from Evan Donnelly, got the Cavaliers on the board with a goal at 9:37. That was the closest the Cavaliers would come to catching the Eagles.
Gonzaga got goals from Henry Middlebrook and Jack Massey in the third period to close out the scoring for the Eagles. Jalen Greene made 16 saves on 17 shots for Gonzaga, while Cavaliers goalie Jake Paprcka faced 33 shots and stopped 27.
With the victory, Gonzaga is now 2-0 in MAPHL play, while Spalding falls to 0-2 in the league.
Mt. St. Joseph goalie Connor Churko faced 32 shots in the Gaels' 6-2 loss to DeMatha at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel.
DeMatha's Jake Kaplan and Erick Reiniger each scored two goals, including a shorthanded goal apiece, and Kaplan added an assist in the Stag's 6-2 victory against Mt. St. Joseph at Laurel on Monday night. With the victory, DeMatha is now 3-0 in MAPHL play this season.
The Stags took a 4-2 lead going into the third period and added a goal by Ty Brandt early before committing six penalties in the final stanza. With the Gaels spending significant time on the power play, including a prolonged two-man advantage, DeMatha's penalty killing unit held up nicely and goalie Andrew Tacaks stood tall in net.
DeMatha's Skyler Trippett opened the scoring 1:31 into the game. But Alec Pupshis tied the score for Mt. St. Joseph a minute and 13 seconds later. Nate Dailey scored the Gaels' second goal.
The Gonzaga Eagles top the 2016-17 Pre-Season Coaches Top 10 ranking, with defending MAPHL champion Landon coming in at number two. The Bears have won four of the last six MAPHL championships, while Gonzaga has won three of the last seven.
4. Calvert Hall
5. St. Albans
6. Archbishop Spalding
7. Bishop O'Connell
8. St. John's
9. Georgetown Prep
10. St. Mary's Ryken
Former Landon star Sam Anas has begun his first pro season in the Minnesota Wild organization after spending three seasons at Quinipiac University, where he led the Bobcats to the NCAA national championship game and runner-up finish. He led Quinipiac and the ECAC in scoring his junior season with 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) and was named to the 2016 College Hockey News Second Team.
Anas led the Landon Bears to an undefeated season and its first MAPHL title in 2011. He capped his high school career by scoring 70 points (46 goals, 24 assists) his senior season and being named The Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year.
Anas began the season with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League and scored his first goal in the Wild’s 3-2 overtime win against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday, Oct. 15.
He signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Minnesota organization on April 15, 2016.