“[Johnson] is a very intense kid, and nobody works harder than he does,” Hoyas Coach Brian Danver said. “It was very special for me to see Walker get that goal.”
Georgetown Prep’s ascension to the top of the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League has been due to their ability to rely on freshmen in high-pressure situations.
“They mean everything to us,” senior Alex Chaconas said. “They are contributing in the biggest games of the year.”
In addition to Johnson, freshmen Seamus McNally and JB Vito have developed into players that complement the veterans. In the Hoyas’ victory over Gonzaga on Jan. 16, McNally’s late goal proved to be the difference.
Chaconas, one of the Hoyas’ top scorers, and other seniors on the team have worked closely with the younger guys so they are ready to step up when their number is called.
“It’s very important that you make sure you build their confidence and they understand they can do it,” Danver said. “Once they get the confidence, everything goes from there.”
Georgetown Prep is closing out the regular season with plenty of momentum. The Hoyas have won five of their last six games and on Friday defeated St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 9-1.
(All records through Sunday)
1. St. John’s (17-7) Last ranked: 1
Cadets junior Quinn Kennedy registered a goal and four assists in the 7-4 win over Gonzaga on Jan. 29.
2. Georgetown Prep (10-2-1) LR: 3
The Little Hoyas have won five of their last six games.
3. Chantilly (9-0) LR: 5
The Chargers knocked off Kettle Run/Liberty, 6-4, on Jan. 24.
4. T.C. Williams (8-0) LR: 8
The Titans sit in first place in the Capital Scholastic Hockey League North Division.
5. Washington Liberty (7-2) LR: 4
The Generals’ loss to T.C. Williams snapped a four-game winning streak.
6. Gonzaga (11-7-4) LR: 2
The Purple Eagles have won two of their last three games.
7. Landon (8-2-1) LR: 6
The Bears’ matchup against Bishop O’Connell on Jan. 29 ended in a 4-4 tie.
8. DeMatha (13-8-3) LR: 7
The Stags have won three straight games.
9. Battlefield (7-1-1) LR: 10
Blake Norris’s go-ahead goal in the third period lifted the Bobcats over Fauquier/Highlands on Jan. 24.
10. Bishop O’Connell (11-7-3) LR: Not ranked
Knights’ senior Alex Vouras tallied two goals and an assist against Landon.
Dropped Out: No. 9 Churchill