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NoVA 12U Red: CCHL Conference Champs, D-I Finalists & York Tourney Champs
NoVA Ice Dogs 12U Red had an incredible 2018-2019 season as Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL) Southern Conference Peewee Champions, 2019 Joe Loschiavo Memorial Cup Peewee Division I Finalists and York Rec/In House Tournament Peewee Champions.
The team welcomed three first year hockey players(1), a Squirt-aged player(2) and a first year Peewee(3) to a core of nine second year Peewees(4), who had played together over the prior two to four seasons. The team developed two eager rookie goalies(5) who alternated games over the course of the season.
During its run through the CCHL regular season, NoVA Ice Dogs 12U Red posted an undefeated 11-0-1 record with 85 GF and 27 GA.
In the CCHL tournament held in Frederick, MD, NoVA Ice Dogs 12U Red played each of the top three teams of the CCHL Northern Conference. Overall, they made it to the finals and went 2-2-1, splitting with each of the two Navy teams and tying the league’s most potent offense, Tri City Orange, at 2-2.
Up in York, PA, NoVA Ice Dogs 12U Red overcame many challenges including playing its first game with just two bench players, trailing in four of five games, and playing a 3-on-3 for a three minute overtime thriller in round-robin play. The team went a perfect 5-0 on its way to the championship.
The core group of veteran players has posted an astonishing tally of three consecutive CCHL Southern Conference championships over three undefeated regular seasons, one CCHL Division I championship and one as finalist, and three consecutive York Rec/In-House Tournament championships with a combined record of 56-4-4.
NoVA Ice Dogs 12U Red:
Alexander Morris (1)
Andrew Hoffman (4)
Drew Conley (4,5)
Calvin Yee (4)
Charlie Waite (4)
Connor Martin (1)
Erin Johnson (4)
Ethan Lan (1)
Gian-Luca Sutera (2)
Ian Rothwell (3,5)
Noah Gizzarelli (4)
Sam Moore (4)
Tommy Johnson (4)
Vincent Cirenza (4)
Entering the CCHL 18U Division 1 playoff tournament, NoVA Blue was saddled with high expectations after a 21-game undefeated regular season and its status as the defending champion. While such success is laudable, its insidious side-effect is festering over-confidence among the players. In its first game against host Victory Blue, NoVA Blue’s swagger was quickly tested. At the end of a tied first period, several NoVA Blue players remarked that Victory was the hardest skating team they had encountered all season, leaving NoVA Blue players with little time or space with the puck. Just as NoVA Blue appeared to hit its stride in the second period, an innocent-looking check on popular senior Matthew Rayder left him writhing in pain on the ice due to a gruesome fractured wrist. With the assistance of the Victory coaching staff, a serendipitous emergency-room physician by-stander, and a length of a broken hockey stick, the twisted limb was quickly splinted and Matthew was whisked away to the hospital. Recognizing that this turn of events could rattle even a grizzled veteran team, NoVA Blue’s senior co-captains, Ethan McClellan and Cooper Motzko, rallied the players, exhorting them to “win it for Matthew.” As if injected with Red Bull, NoVA Blue surged in the third period, ultimately prevailing 5-1.
In its second game, NoVA Blue faced off against Howard Gray, the top-seeded team from the North Conference. Having played an exhibition game against each other the previous weekend, the teams were braced for a spirited rematch. At the end of one, the score was 0-0 and again, NoVA Blue’s confidence appeared to wilt in the face of adversity. Two Twitter-worthy goals by senior Logan Ehrlich, however, ignited the smoldering NoVA Blue scoring fires. Excellent shifts by NoVA Blue seniors James Rizzo and Reed Beggs, coupled with a complete shutdown by junior goalie Ely Constantine, helped NoVA Blue prevail 7-0.
As long as it has been coached by the current geriatric coaching staff, NoVA Blue has not been known as a morning team and its first game on Sunday at 11:30 against Harford Red reaffirmed that truism. Meanwhile, Harford Red clearly heeded their coach’s advice to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast because they carved circles around NoVA Blue’s still-slumbering players. Once more into the breach stepped Logan Ehrlich, who sniped a goal at the beginning of the third period to give Blue some breathing room. At the end of the hard-fought battle, NoVA Blue prevailed 6-3.
Thanks to a stingy defense led by senior Jack Grainger, NoVA Blue allowed the fewest goals against in the preliminaries and were awarded the first seed in the elimination round. This meant that NoVA Blue would confront Howard Gray for the third time in a week. While the team’s respective head coaches commiserated over the Ranger’s loss to the Capitals prior to the start of the game, the players shared no love on the ice. Juiced by the return of injured player Mike Oelschlager (who had been out for three weeks) and senior Jack Barbour (who had been at a Sunday morning appointment with Homeland Security!), NoVA Blue rolled to a 9-0 victory over Howard despite some excellent play by the Howard goalies.
In a match-up that NoVA Blue’s coaches were dreading, the championship game opponent turned out to be NoVA Red, which also was undefeated in the tournament. With accomplished goalie Jack Cline, and formidable senior defensemen Ryan Miles and Ricardo Kornegay, NoVA Red had an almost impenetrable wall against NoVA Blue’s offense. Almost. NoVA Blue pulled out to a 3-0 lead well into the third period. Just when it appeared that NoVA Blue had the outcome under control, NoVA Red scored two quick goals, causing considerable consternation on the NoVA Blue bench. Another snipe by Logan Ehrlich (who, some say, carried NoVA Blue on his back through the tournament), however, broke the tension and powered NoVA Blue to a 5-3 victory and back-to-back championships!
FORT DUPONT ICE ARENA HOSTS HOCKEY MARATHON; PROCEEDS TOWARDS FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR NEW 2-RINK FACILITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY
Washington, DC — Hockey enthusiasts will take to the ice Sunday, March 17, at DC’s Fort Dupont Ice Arena (FDAI), in a 12-hour Marathon Hockey Game to raise funds for the new facility. The public is invited to cheer on their favorite team or players starting at 8:00am.
The annual event highlights broad support from all corners of the District for the capital city’s only indoor, full size ice rink, overseen by the nonprofit Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (FFD). Last month, FFD reached an agreement with the District of Columbia to move forward with a joint project to build a new 2-rink arena on the same Southeast DC site, putting the long time dream of an expanded facility to serve thousands more area children on a clear, if steep, path to becoming a reality. The City will award a construction contract and allocate about $25 million for the project after FFD raises $3 million.
Fort Dupont’s KOI program gives Washington’s children unparalleled opportunities to enjoy ice sports, regardless of their economic circumstances, by offering free or heavily subsidized, high quality instruction to thousands of area kids in basic skating (Learn To Skate), ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, and synchronized (team) skating. DC public school classes also can skate for free, and the Arena is home ice for several well-known school hockey teams, including Gonzaga and St. Albans.
Join us for a day of fun, refreshments, great games, and community camaraderie:
When: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 8:00am — 8:00pm
Where: Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC (202-584-5007)
Support our Kids On Ice program by donating to your favorite team or players at https://www.firstgiving.com/event/36842/Team-Orange-8-a-m-to-Noon
NoVA 14U Red entered the 2019 CCHL Tier II Joe Loschiavo Memorial Cup tournament as the seventh seed following a regular season that ended with 3 ties and several one goal losses.
After some challenging round robin games, NoVA Red made the knockout round of the tournament and defeated Victory Blue 1-0 to set up a rematch against a very tough Navy team in the finals. NoVA Red lost in the final 4-3 with a spirited effort from the first to last whistle.
Standouts included goalie Xavier Norris who backstopped all 5 games in 2 days; solid blue line play from Luke Weidenkopf, Turner Joy, Tyler Miles, Dylan Paradise and Will Sharp; and offensive production from Ian Martin, Stevie McCormack, Socrates Spanos, Liam Murphy, and Colin Regan.
NoVA 8U LA won the Dorchester Championship at the Mite Beach Bash Tournament in Ocean City, MD on 3 March! The team lost their first game by a goal to Grundy, came from behind to tie Allegheny and outright beat Lehigh Valley to advance to the final round. The awesome goal tending of William “Wild Bill” Vrabec and Ryan “Goldie” Goldfarb won the Ice Dogs the championship with a final score of 3-2 over Lehigh Valley. The team celebrated with a trophy, medals, and the shaving of Coach Dan’s head on the beach. Way to go, Ice Dogs!