Broad Run is No. 3 in this week’s rankings. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

In the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League, Broad Run is well aware that the regular season ultimately can be meaningless. Last winter, the Spartans were unbeaten for 12 games before a 6-0 loss to Ashburn rival Stone Bridge in the final. Motivated by that defeat, No. 3 Broad Run is attacking this season with more urgency and purpose. Even in blowouts, the Spartans are working to refine their game and avoid more playoff disappointment.

“Our seniors know that our window is closing, so we really don’t want to ruin this. Every game, even if we’re up 10-0, we still have to play together and try to improve,” senior forward Mitch Rebholz said. “We have more battle experience and motivation than some of the younger teams, and that gives us an edge and some grit. It’s a short, 10-game season, but we’re doing really well. And if we keep it up, we’ll end up undefeated again and make another state championship.”

Broad Run (5-0) has outscored its opponents 50-13. Junior Michael Cosentino leads the team in points with 13 goals and six assists, while Rebholz has pitched in 14 goals and four assists. The Spartans moved into the top three in this week’s rankings after No. 1 Gonzaga pulled away from No. 3 Landon in the third period for a 5-1 win, following a timely shorthanded goal by sophomore forward Cole Vallese.

At the bottom of the rankings, St. John’s enters the top 10 for the first time this season following a 4-2 win over Georgetown Prep.

The Post Top 10

1. Gonzaga (10-3-1) Last week: 1

Sophomore forwards Cole Vallese and Farrell Dinn powered the Eagles to a 5-1 win over Landon on Wednesday.

2. Churchill (13-1) LW: 2

Senior goalie Alex Plastrik has a .939 save percentage.

3Broad Run (5-0) LW: 4

Junior forward Ethan Privman dished out four assists in a 6-5 win over Westfield on Friday.

4. Landon (10-2) LW: 3

Trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Bears had a five-on-three power play but surrendered a shorthanded goal in a 5-1 loss at Gonzaga.

5. DeMatha (10-5-2) LW: 5

The Stags opened their 2018 schedule with a 6-1 win over O’Connell on Wednesday.

6. Glenelg (7-1) LW: 7

Twelve Knights registered at least a point as Glenelg beat Centennial/Long Reach, 11-1, on Thursday.

7. Briar Woods (5-0-1) LW: 8

Forward Cam Audi has five goals and five assists in six games.

8. Wootton (8-2) LW: 9

Junior John Billingsley scored four goals in a 5-2 win over Walter Johnson on Friday.

9. West Potomac (4-1-1) LW: 10

The Wolverines trail rival Washington-Lee by one point with a game in hand in the Capital Scholastic Hockey League standings.

10. St. John’s (4-2-1) LW: unranked

The Cadets beat Georgetown Prep, 4-2, on Tuesday and lead the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League standings by two points over rival Gonzaga, which has played three fewer games.

Dropped out: No. 6 Georgetown Prep (5-4)

On the bubble: Langley (5-0), Washington-Lee (5-2), Marriotts Ridge (6-3-1)

All records through Wednesday