St. John’s has spent the majority of the season giving opponents problems with its speed and offensive prowess. Anchoring the Cadets’ deep and talented squad is their first line: junior Quinn Kennedy, sophomore Jesse Horacek and junior Dimitry Kebreau.

“That top line at St. John’s is a nightmare to matchup with,” Spalding Coach Rob Trantin said.

Kennedy, Horacek and Kebreau’s ability to pass the puck at a fast pace and easily find each other on the ice has allowed St. John’s to score at a high level, as the Cadets (16-1) have recorded six or more goals nine times.

Kennedy tries to focus on distributing the puck and setting up opportunities for his teammates. The 2019 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year tallied four assists and one goal in a win over Georgetown Prep on Dec. 13.

The trio has led the Cadets to seven victories in their last eight games and the program’s first ever Purple Puck championship in December.

“It’s good to feel like you’re building something,” Kennedy said. “I came here as a freshman, we never won a playoff game or had a winning record.”

Last May, Kennedy and Horacek were drafted by the Youngstown Phantoms in the United States Hockey League, which is regarded as the top junior hockey league in the country. For most players, the junior hockey level is the best path to playing Division I. Kennedy and Horacek already have a head start.

Kennedy and Horacek both made their debuts for the Phantoms this month.

“I don’t know which teams outside schools in Minnesota that could have [three] potential Division I players on one high school team,” St. John’s Coach Gregg Marinari said. “I don’t think there’s ever been a team before in the DMV that has had that many.”

(All records through Sunday)

1. St. John’s (16-1) Last ranked: 2

The Cadets sit at the top of the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League standings.

2. Gonzaga (7-2-3) LR: 1

The Purple Eagles lost to Landon, 7-1, on Jan. 10

3. Georgetown Prep (7-2) LR: 5

The Hoyas extended their win streak to three games after beating St. Albans on Friday.

4. Washington-Liberty (7-1) LR: 3

The Generals defeated Centreville/Fairfax, 14-0, on Friday.

5. Chantilly (6-0) LR: 7

Senior Owen Morgan continues to have a strong season, scoring three goals in a 5-2 victory over Yorktown on Jan. 3.

6. Landon (6-0) LR: Not ranked

The Bears have outscored opponents 49-9 this season.

7. DeMatha (9-7-2) LR: 6

The Stags dropped a tough one to Georgetown Prep on Jan. 8.

8. T.C. Williams (7-0) LR: 8

The Titans defeated Woodbridge, 8-6, on Jan. 10.

9. Churchill (9-5-1) LR: 4

The Bulldogs’ four-game win streaked ended with a 5-4 loss to Gonzaga on Jan. 8.

10. Battlefield (6-0) LR: 10

The Bobcats will have a big matchup against Chantilly on Friday.

Dropped out: No. 9 Langley