Blair's hockey team's playoff run fell just short of a state championship, as the Blazers (14-3) fell to Annapolis-Old Mill (10-3) in a heartbreaking 3-1 loss.
The Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA) granted the Blair hockey team a playoff berth after the team struggled for a place. The decision came after the team had two other appeals rejected by the smaller hockey governing bodies of the county and state hockey leagues.
Before the puck dropped on Blair's Nov. 7 opener against the Rockville Rams, there were many questions about whether Blazer Hockey would even be able to field a team. Due to an unusual influx of underclassmen (see Sasha Tidwell's Sept. 25 story detailing the problem here) the team was under threat from being registered as a multi high school (co-op) team.
The Blair varsity hockey team (2-1-1) tied a thrilling game against the Rockville ice hockey team (2-1-1) in a 6-6 game that featured multiple lead changes and tons of goals. Three Blazers were close to a hat trick with juniors Ian Jackson, Sebastian Rubinstein and Max Kronstadt all netting two goals.
The Blair varsity hockey team won a lopsided game against the Damascus Hornets by a score of 6-2. With the win, the Blazers improved to 2-1 on the year, while Damascus fell to a lowly 0-3.
The Blair hockey team (6-4-1) thrashed the Blake Bengals (4-7) 8-0, asserting their offensive and defensive dominance throughout the game and clinching a playoff berth on Feb.8.
The DC Stars (3-3) defeated Blair's ice hockey team (4-2) by a score of 6-5 on Friday night.
From March 28 to April 1, freshmen Max Kronstadt and Javier Lopez-Casterno competed in the Ice Hockey National Championships in Wayne, NJ, with their team, the Montgomery Blue Devils (U14). The team came within a point of making the quarterfinals at Nationals and finished the season with a record of 28-13-4.
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