Last Wednesday, O’Connell handed No. 1 Gonzaga its first local loss of the season with a 4-3 shootout win in a WCAC semifinal. On Thursday in the WCAC final and then on Tuesday in a MAPHL quarterfinal, O’Connell lost to No. 5 DeMatha. Still, the Knights will challenge unbeaten Broad Run and Briar Woods in next week’s NVSHL playoffs.
“We’ve had the ups and the downs, but that has benefited us. We’re prepared to lose a game and then bounce right back up for the next league or the next competition,” said Coach Flip Collins, who has 13 freshmen and sophomores on his 20-player roster. “Some teams go one game at a time, but we sort of go one week at a time. We can live and die today and then just wake up and see who we play tomorrow.”
With its win on Tuesday, DeMatha advances to a MAPHL semifinal against No. 2 Landon, who tied the Stags 2-2 back on Jan. 17. In the other semifinal, defending champion Gonzaga will face Spalding.
In the Maryland Student Hockey League, defending champion Churchill and Blair, which handed Churchill its only league loss last month, are the last locals standings after Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
The Eagles lost 4-3 (1-0) to O’Connell in a shootout in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal before bouncing back with a 6-1 win over St. Albans in the first round of the MAPHL playoffs on Tuesday.
The Bears beat Georgetown Prep 5-2 in the IAC final on Thursday and again 11-1 in a MAPHL quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Dominion/Potomac Falls forfeited on Wednesday to hand the Spartans an undefeated regular season in the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League.
After a 7-0 win over South River in the first round, the Bulldogs advanced to the MSHL semifinals with a 11-1 win over Frederick County on Tuesday.
The Stags beat O’Connell 3-1 in the WCAC final on Thursday. Against the Knights in a MAPHL quarterfinal on Tuesday, DeMatha won 4-0.
Senior goalie James Lang allowed 10 goals in 240 minutes as the Falcons outscored their opponents 61-16 in the NVSHL this season.
The Knights went 10-0 in the NVSHL before handing Gonzaga its first local loss of the season and losing to DeMatha in a WCAC final and a MAPHL quarterfinal.
The Wolverines start their bid for a fourth straight Capital Scholastic Hockey League title against Forest Park/Hylton on Friday.
After a 2-1 upset of No. 2 seed Carroll County in the first round, No. 15 seed Blair advanced to the MSHL semifinals with an 8-1 win over seventh seed Northern on Tuesday.
The Mustangs beat Walter Johnson 3-0 in the first round of the MSHL playoffs before losing 4-3 (3-1) in a shootout in a quarterfinal against Oakdale on Tuesday.
Dropped out: No. 6 Glenelg (10-2), No. 8 Wootton (10-4-1), No 10. St. John’s (11-7-1)
On the bubble: T.C. Williams (7-2-1), Colgan (7-2-1), Northern (14-2)