Two sets of brothers make up four of Hylton's top five scorers, and the family feeling doesn't stop there.
"You would think our whole team was brothers, the way they hang out with each other," Bulldogs Coach Fred Singletary said. "They are a close-knit group."
The actual siblings are Philipe and Pascal Borner, who were born in Switzerland, and Shiloh and Sean Noone.
Philipe, a freshman, is tied for second on the team in points, with three goals and four assists in five games. Pascal, a year older, is fifth on the team with two goals and three assists. Together, the two have helped Hylton to a 3-1-2 start, including a 5-5 tie against unbeaten Robinson on Friday night.
The Borners' father, Chris, helps coach his sons' team, and all three help out at SkateQuest ice rink.
"I like the kids a lot, they are very spirited," Singletary said. "[Philipe] and his brother, they have a lot of competition with each other, but they try to work well together. We lucked out in having so many very talented players in our area."
Philipe has played for the Washington Little Caps, a District-based travel hockey club, and Pascal will try out for the team next month. Since they have played the game from a young age, they bring a level of experience that belies their youth.
"They both have played at a very high level, they both have trained overseas, and they both have been to numerous camps up north to better themselves. And it shows," Singletary said. "They hold their own, game in and game out, and it's only going to get better."
Shiloh Noone, a junior defender, is tied with Philipe Borner with seven points (two goals, five assists), and Sean, a senior forward, is close behind with one goal and five assists.
Sophomore Mike Pighini leads the team in scoring with six goals and two assists. But because Hylton has such a deep team, he is not forced to carry the bulk of the scoring load.
"Honestly, we've got 13 to 14 kids that you really can't separate based on talent," Singletary said. "I've seen some of the other clubs that have two or three really talented kids, but they don't play well with others. Our whole group plays as a team."
Hylton lost 11 seniors to graduation from last year's team that advanced to the semifinals of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League tournament, and the Bulldogs at the start of the season were unable to look to any one individual for superlative scoring or defense. That was evident in the first game of the season, when Hylton defeated Forest Park Green, 2-0, but no player had more than one goal or assist.
"We showed we were a team in the first game of the season, because there was the belief that Hylton didn't have a team," Singletary said. "When they found out we did, we surprised a few people in the way that we play."