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Ice hockey Top 10: Up-and-coming St. John’s inches closer to DeMatha and Gonzaga

St. John’s forward Kennedy Quinn handles the puck between two Gonzaga skaters. The Eagles beat the Cadets, 4-1, on Tuesday. (Courtesy photo/Julia Kennedy)
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Outside of the Rockville Ice Arena, red tarps with the St. John’s logo block the view of  a construction site. By August, the Cadets hope to complete a two-story facility that will include two locker rooms, a coaches office, a classroom and a players lounge. On the ice,  No. 9 St. John’s is also a work in progress, but after back-to-back close losses to perennial contenders, the Cadets are moving closer to becoming finished product.

On Friday, St. John’s was pushing for an equalizer in the final minute before an empty-net goal sealed DeMatha’s 4-2 win. On Tuesday, St. John’s and Gonzaga were tied until the top-ranked Eagles ripped off three goals in the final 10 minutes of a 4-1 win.

“Like good teams do, Gonzaga capitalized on some poor decisions and made us pay in the third period, but our team is not that far away,” coach Greg Marinari said. “We can make a run. Our team just needs to get used to playing in those big games. That’s where we lack experience.”

Churchill, Broad Run and Landon all won, like Gonzaga, to keep the top four in tact. O’Connell moves onto the bubble after a 5-2 win over previously undefeated Langley.

The Post Top 10

1. Gonzaga (15-4-1) Last week: 1

Junior Will Rosen scored his second goal on an empty net as the Eagles beat St. John’s 4-1 on Tuesday.

2. Churchill (16-1) LW: 2

The Bulldogs beat DeMatha 3-2 win on Tuesday for their third victory of the week.

3Broad Run (6-0) LW: 3

Senior Mitch Rebholz scored five goals and dished out three assists in a 14-5 win over Flint Hill on Friday.

4. Landon (12-2) LW: 4

Jake Cohen, Spencer Davis, Joey Graham, Jake Davidson and Tommy Kenary all scored in Landon’s 5-3 win over archrival Georgetown Prep on Friday.

5. DeMatha (13-6-3) LW: 5

In a busy week, the Stags tied Landon 2-2 and beat St. John’s and Bullis before losing to Churchill, 3-2, on Tuesday.

6. Glenelg (7-1) LW: 6

The Gladiators close out their regular season against Mount Hebron on Wednesday.

7. Briar Woods (6-0-1) LW: 7

Forwards Ryan Farr and Ryan Battles each posted two goals and two assists in an 8-0 victory over Potomac Falls/Dominion on Friday.

8. West Potomac (6-1-1) LW: 9

Forward Jamie Arnold leads the Wolverines with five goals and six assist in seven games.

9. St. John’s (9-4-1) LW: 10

The Cadets were tied in the third period of eventual losses to WCAC rivals DeMatha and Gonzaga over the past week.

10. Wootton (9-2-1) LW: 8

Sophomore goalie Colin Brick made 26 saves as neither Wootton nor Bethesda-Chevy Chase scored in the third period of their 4-4 tie on Friday.

On the bubble: Colgan (5-1-1), Marriotts Ridge (7-3-1), O’Connell (12-7-1)

Records through Tuesday.