(Laurel Ice Gardens, 11/19/12) In their 2012-2013
season opener, new head coach Paul Fritz saw his Prep charges began a
bit sluggishly, but then rally to make their power play goals count, in
an impressive 5-2 win over Baltimore power Mount Saint Joseph in the
season’s first Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL) contest.
Prep took a penalty just over 1 minute into the
contest, and the Hoyas went on the season’s first penalty kill (PK).
Fortunately, hard work and two impressive saves from senior goaltender
Steev Ward (’13) kept the Gaels off of the board. Initially, the
Gaels seemed to carry the play, fresh from their 3-0 win over the
DeMatha Stags last week. However, as the first period continued, the
mighty Hoyas came together well as a team. Passing was crisper,
positioning was more solid, and the always-present Prep work ethic
shined. Although the period ended 0-0, Prep gained a territorial
advantage in possession and dominated the shots by a 16-4 margin.
55 seconds into the second stanza, Prep took its
second penalty, but once again was able to withstand the Gaels extra man
advantage as the scored remained deadlocked at 0-0. About a minute and
a half later, the fireworks began as MSJ’s captain took a boarding
penalty, providing Prep with about a 1:40 power play (PP). A subsequent
hook of a Prep player by MSJ gave Prep a 5 on 3 advantage and a great
opportunity to open the game scoring. 4 minutes into the period, junior
defenseman Matt Billings (’14) drilled a shot from the point that
was tipped by senior team Captain Kyle Chadwick (’13) to
sophomore winger Jack Olson (’14), who ripped the puck into the
net, opening the scoring for the game and giving Prep a 1-0 lead.
About halfway through the second period, MSJ took a
boarding call. An outraged MSJ parent began to catcall the referee –
this is of course, never a good idea. The referee asked the fan if the
fan preferred a “5” minute major instead of the 2 minute call. The
parent responded, and the referee complied: a 5 minute major for
boarding was assessed to MSJ, giving Prep 5 minutes literally to “score
at will” as major penalties are not replaceable.
Big Hoya junior defenseman and 2011-2012
All-Gazette selection Lazar Zamurovic (’14) made the Gaels pay
almost immediately, by sending a rocket blast that found the back of the
net on assists from Matt Billings (’14) and Kyle Chadwick
(’13) to give Prep a 2-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, and with the MSJ player
still sitting off his major penalty, speedy junior winger Ryan Howe
(’14) let loose a blazing wrist shot off of a Lazar Zamurovic
(’14) pass, opening up a 3-0 lead for the Hoyas.
With 6:33 left in the period, MSJ tripped junior
center Cole Taylor (’14), drawing another penalty and providing Prep
with a 5 on 3 advantage. Less than a minute later, Matt Billngs
(’14) passed point to point to fellow defender Lazar Zamurovic
(’14) and Lazar drilled another huge slapper into the net for a 4-0
All of the sudden, the reverse began. Prep took
three penalties in just over one minute of playing time, providing MSJ
with an extended 5 on 3. The never-say-die Gaels made Prep pay by
scoring their first goal of the game with only 2:33 left in the period,
and followed with a second goal with just over one minute left in the
period, to cut Prep’s lead to 4-2. Even so, Prep led the Gaels in
overall play and in the shot advantage, by a wide margin: 15-3.
The Hoya nation remained optimistic as the third
period began. Prep once again had the shot margin, 13-9 but the Gaels
continued to press. With 1:58 remaining in the game, MSJ pulled their
goalie in favor of a sixth attacker. Again, senior Prep netminder
Steev Ward (’13) was equal to the task, deflecting shot after shot
by the feisty Gaels.
With 1:29 remaining in the game, junior Centerman
Cole Taylor (’14) grabbed an errant puck off of an MSJ pass, and
raced across the MSJ blueline with a juicy open net in front of him.
Unhindered, Cole deftly tucked the “biscuit in the basket” to score an
unassisted, empty-net goal to give Prep a 5-2 lead and to close out
scoring in the game.
The Thanksgiving break is upon us, and many parents
and players will join the team as we celebrate the Scott Smith Alumni
Game and Dinner. Game time is at 5:45 at Cabin John on Wednesday,
November 21. The dinner is in the south room immediately after the
game. Prep hockey will be awarding a past player and a past parent
volunteer at the dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and Go Hoyas!
It is with great excitement that I write to announce that we have
hired Paul Fritz as Georgetown Prep’s hockey
coach. Paul comes to us from Team Maryland Hockey and Hockey Dynamics
where he currently works. His character, work ethic and enthusiasm will
bring forth a positive experience for all of our student hockey players.
He is passionate about the great game of hockey and is focused on
teaching our young men how to practice and prepare on a daily basis.
Paul will be assisted by Dan Houck one of his mentors. Dan’s
experience and professionalism will too enhance the program. Paul is in
the process of reaching out to our other coaches in the program and
hopes that they will continue with him.
Prep hockey is very healthy and we are excited as Paul takes over the
helm. During the process I was very thankful for the insight provided by
the committee that was created to oversee the search. I want to
personally thank David Chadwick, Sean Oleary, Brian Maloney and Pete
Plamondan for their great efforts.
Dan Paro, Director of Athletics
2011-12 Season Highlights
3-20-2012 Goaltender PJ McNamara Selected as Washington Post All-Met Player of
For the first time in Georgetown Prep hockey history a player has
been named Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. The 2011-12
selection goes to PJ McNamara . PJ was also selected to the First
All-Met. The Post takes all the private schools and public schools
in the region into consideration.
AJ Taylor was selected for 2nd Team. Kyle Chadwick and Michael
McDonald were selected for Honorable Mention.
3-13-2012 5 Prep Players Among All-Gazette Selections - O'Leary is
Coach of the Year
P.J. McNamara, G
AJ Taylor, F
Michael McDonald, D
Kyle Chadwick, A - 2nd Team
Lazar Zamurovic, D - Honorable Mention
Georgetown Prep Hockey 11-12 Season Highlights
O'Leary Named MAPHL Coach of the Year
McNamara Named MAPHL Player of the Year
Chadwick, Taylor and
McNamara are MAPHL AA First Team Selections
Advertise in the Program
- The 2012-13 Prep Hockey program will have an opportunity for Prep
families to promote their businesses and Prep Hockey Spirit. Our
new Sponsors page is a durable monument to your commitment to the Prep
Hockey program and the program will be a wonderful souvenir for years to
Volunteers - For
home games, we need someone to run the clock and score sheet. In
addition, one volunteer is needed to sit in the penalty box.
Please check with the manager when you get to the rink to see if the
position has been filled.
Video Highlights 2010-2012 courtesy of Radomir
Zamurovic (Lazar #5, 2015).
Photo Credits 2011-13 Season - Babs Leese (Barry '15)
Game Summaries by Dave Chadwick (Kyle
'13, Davey '11)