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The Potomace Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA) has postponed all local Tier I and Tier II Tryouts for the 2020-2021 season indefinitely. Below is the letter that was provide to all local club presidents last night (3/23/2020).
The PVAHA will make an annoucement once things begin to return to normal on when clubs may schedule tryouts, most likely at the Tier I level first, the for the Tier II programs.
As soon as an official notice is made, the Raiders will send an annoucment out to the membership and will open registration for our 2020-2021 Travel Tryouts at that point.
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Over the weekend of Jan. 31 – Feb 2, Reston’s 14U Blue team won the club’s first ever EJEPL championship. The top U14 division included 25 teams from Maine to Florida and included several of the top Tier 2 clubs in the nation. It became clear early in the season that the Raiders could skate with the best and the Championship trophy was a fitting end to a highly competitive season.
Aston Ice Works was the setting of what would be a very close and hotly contested round robin playoff format. Of the eight playoff games held on Friday, five went into overtime and two ended in ties after no scoring in 10 minutes of sudden death. For the Raiders, the first contest was against the 13th ranked Charlotte Rush who wanted revenge for an OT loss to the Raiders earlier in the season. Charlotte took a 1-0 lead into the second when team Captain, Conner McCarthy took advantage of a top-heavy Charlotte lineup and put away two goals including an impressive PP goal to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Tucker Forrest was stellar in goal but their top line capitalized on a PP to tie the game and were able to score again to take the hard-fought win.
After some much-needed rest, Saturday would bring a highly skilled Atlanta Fire team and then Clearwater later that evening. Aiden Arbuckle got the nod for the matinee and quickly made his presence known by turning away several quality chances. But it was Will Cahill who was on fire in the first with two sweet tallies and Gavin Oglesby with another marker for a 3-0 lead mid-way in the second. There was a lull in the second that made things close but Maddox Sheehan buried one more to squeak out a 4-3 win.
The Clearwater Ice Storm knew they had their hand full when the Raiders pounced early and often. With Tucker Forrest in goal, the Raiders took control of the game with relentless pressure and a phenomenal team effort. Three balanced lines all had strong contributions and together with a solid blue line, the Raiders were able to deliver a 6-3 win.
Having emerged from the preliminary round as the top seed in their bracket, Reston would take on a strong York Devils club for the right to go to the championship game. York had not lost a game during the regular season and Sunday morning saw them come out strong. Will Cahill and Maddox Sheehan were quick to capitalize on some quality chances and a highly charged Reston team could sense something special was happening. After York was able to close the gap in the second, it was again Conner McCarthy who put the game out of reach with two unanswered, for an emotional 4-1 Reston win.
The win set the stage for an epic battle between the undefeated (and #6 ranked) Pro Tec Ducks and our undaunted Reston squad. Having lost 4-2 to the Ducks earlier in the season, our boys knew full well of the challenges that lie ahead. Early on, each team played with a great deal of structure and discipline. The coaches had prepared the boys well and watched their group take a 1-0 lead when Maddox Sheehan converted on the doorstep. The highly skilled Pro Tec team was able to tie it in the second but McCarthy was able to capitalize on a breakaway to make it 2-1. The third saw tremendous efforts on both sides but it was Tucker Forrest who again controlled the destiny of our Reston group. Tuckers’ dominant performance only served to fuel the emotionally charged Raider squad and helped Tommy Guthrie bury the ENG for a 3-1 win.
It was no surprise that Tucker Forrest would win the MVP but the performance of both Aiden and Tucker cemented the Arbuckle/Forrest tandem as the envy of the league. This along with the tireless efforts of the coaches to prepare our boys in all facets of the game, made this accomplishment a true team success story.
The 2009 10U Blue AA Reston Raiders trekked to the North Country over the weekend of February 7th-9th to take part in the American Cup in Lake Placid, New York. The tournament took place on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and “The Miracle on Ice.”
In preparation for their trip, each Raider randomly selected a name of a player from the famous 1980 squad, independently researched the player’s biography and then gave a presentation about his player to his teammates and family members before the trip north. Upon arrival at the Olympic Center in picturesque downtown Lake Placid, the players recognized their 1980 player’s name in the ring of honor around the rink and they were able to better appreciate the significance and magnitude of the win in 1980. The team and family members enjoyed pond hockey on Mirror Lake and a heavy Adirondack snow fall provided the perfect winter backdrop, if not enough cushion to protect the tailbone on the famous Lake Placid Toboggan Chute.
In the tournament itself, the team got off to a sluggish start – heavy legs caused perhaps by too many hours of pond hockey the night before – losing a tight 3-2 affair against the Holy Name Stars from Springfield, Massachusetts. However, on day 2, the team bounced back, sinking the Hingham (MA) Harbormen, 2-0 in the morning tilt and then bagging the Plattsburgh (NY) Roadrunners in a 6-3 win to clinch a spot in Sunday’s final.
A bright morning sun rose over the Adirondack peaks early on Sunday, an omen of good things to come that day for the Reston Raiders. Arriving at the 1980 rink for the Final, the Raiders discovered that they had been assigned the 1980 U.S. team’s locker room, complete with the roster of Christian, Broten, Johnson, Eruzione, et al. With echoes of Coach Brooks’ pre-game speech ringing through the room, the team prepared for a rematch with the Holy Name Stars. After falling behind 1-0, the Raiders rallied to tie the game and then followed that with three goals in rapid succession in the second period to build a 4-1 lead. The Stars, however, are a formidable bunch and they responded so quickly with two goals of their own that the public address announcer couldn’t rattle the goal scorers’ names off fast enough. The Raiders settled themselves however, finally gained a bit of puck luck and scored twice to build what looked like a safe lead at last. But a late penalty kill was needed, along with an empty netter and finally, a tic-tac-toe goal with time winding down sealed the 8-3 win to capture the American Cup. More important than the tournament games, however, were the memories made by the players and their families. It was a special trip to a special place and the team is very excited to bring the gold back to Virginia!
The American Cup follows the Harborcenter Cup championship that the 10U Blue AA team won in Buffalo in November and a Finalist appearance in the Hershey Labor Day tournament. While in Lake Placid, the team also learned that it had qualified for the CBHL 10UAA playoffs.
Raiders Spring House League - Details & Registration Info
2020 Raiders Spring House League
Spring House League is intended as a fun time for where teams play games without standings. It runs from mid-March until mid-June with 4-5 practices and 9-10 games (8U House players will have a slightly different schedule, see below). Registration is now open to all and will be ongoing until programs are full. There is no priority registration period for returning members, so please register early to ensure a spot for your player. Players registered for Spring House who are rostered on a Spring Select team will be eligible for a full refund for Spring House if they drop Spring House before the drop deadline.
Spring Learn to Play
Spring Learn to Play will be similar to our Fall/Winter program. Saturday morning weekly sessions will be held at Loudoun Ice Center. Each session will focus on practice/skill development followed by a scrimmage/game. Sessions will be divided by age and are open to birth years 2009 - 2015.
The Spring House program is open to birth year 2011, 2012, and 2013 players with prior experience. Prior experience includes:
· Participating in the 2019-2020 Reston Raiders 8U House program
· Participating in the 2019-2020 Reston Raiders LTP2 program
· Participating in the 2019-2020 Reston Raiders LTP1 program AND certified as eligible to play 8U by the LTP Director
Current participants in the Reston Raiders Learn to Play Program (both LTP1 and LTP2) of appropriate age may register for 8U, but the registration will be conditional based on the outcome of the LTP evaluation. All current Reston Raiders LTP participants will receive an end-of-season evaluation and recommendation for the next steps in their hockey career - the evaluations process is will start in mid-January. Parents of 8U age players who have not participated in the Reston Raiders Learn to Program and have at least one season of prior hockey experience should contact LTP Director Mike Donovan at
to determine their eligibility.
The schedule will not be completed until registration is finished because the number of players in each age group will determine the number of teams which, in turn, will determine the schedule. A permanent schedule will be published soon after registration is closed. There will only be 4-5 practices during the entire season so practices will not be held every week.
8U - House players that are 2011 and younger and travel players from 2012 and younger will play in 8U.
The Raiders 12U Silver won the Big Bear Pee Wee A Smokey Mountain Shootout in Nashville over Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend. The boys went undefeated over the weekend by scores of 7-5 over the Vernon Hills Ice Dogs, 4-2 over the Philadelphia Blazers and 6-3 over the Champaign-Urbana Chiefs.
In the Championship game versus the Chapaign-Urbana Chiefs the Raiders were behind 3-2 until the final two minutes when Robert Coverse scored from the high slot to tie the game and send it to overtime. In the 3 on 3 sudden death overtime Owen Slamowitz scored with 3:08 remaining on an assist from Dean Pomeroy to give the Raiders the Championship Banner. Carson Day was awarded the MVP of the Championship with a standout performance in goal. Lucas Abrantes and Christian Alexander also had key goals.
Liam Jarvis, Sean Fagan, Scott Rohland, Dev Saluja and Will O'Sullivan helped slow the Chiefs attack on defense and played outstanding defense over the weekend. The Raiders also got great goaltending from Teague Rezendez who won both of his starts in goal with key saves. Brendan Gaucher, Zack Martin, Anthony Staab, Jamie Hardie made big contributions at forward.
Congratulations to the team for the win and a great weekend in Nashville!
Reston Raiders 10U Silver had an amazing weekend at the Three Rivers tournament in Pittsburgh.Meeting Frederick Freeze in the semi-finals the Raiders were down 0-2 with 4 minutes left.With a wicked shot from the point from Eksi the Raiders were able to cut the lead.The goalie was pulled with under a minute left and the Raiders forward, Scigaj, lit the lamp with 18 seconds left.Early on in OT the GWG came from Raiders center Wind!10U Silver made it to the finals against Chevy Chase for the tier one Championship.After a glorious attempt, Raiders ended up closing out with a 4-5 loss after another goalie pull for an exciting finish to an awesome weekend. Team MVP went to goalie Blevins who accepted the team trophy on behalf of the 10U Silver players.
16U Blue brought home the championship banner after winning the Smokey Mountain Shootout tournament over Martin Luther King, jr weekend.
Playing all four games in just two days, the team finished 1-1-1 in pool play, knowing going into game 3 against a tough team from Atlanta that they’d meet again later in the day for the championship, regardless of the outcome of the game.
The Raiders came out strong in Game 1, despite half of the team flying in that morning after Friday night high school games. They outshot the Macomb Mavericks 12-2 in the first period. Macomb had penalty trouble in the first, but settled down and evened up the shots in the remaining two periods. Reston went into the third down by one, but strong goaltending from Jake Levy and goals from Ethan Rostker, Colby Smith, and Simon Kluger (along with two goals from Macomb) made the final score 3-3.
Game 2 later that night was a penalty-filled affair against a team from Illinois (Geneva Cyclones). Reston was outshot in two of the three periods and lost a defenseman for the rest of the tournament due to an uncalled boarding. Excellent goaltending by Rowan Foose and goals from Noah Loggia and Simon Kluger (hat trick) propelled the Raiders to a 4-3 win.
After a good night’s sleep, and waiting for a couple Nashville Predators players to finish using the ice, the Raiders played a game that meant nothing in the standings against a very good Atlanta Center Ice team from Georgia. Both teams knew going into the game that they would meet again that night in the championship, but it was still a good, well-matched game. Toward the end of the first period, the Raiders got on the board first with a goal from Charlie Tourbaf. Each team scored twice in the second (Reston’s goals were from Simon Kluger and Garrett Bain). The Raiders had some penalty trouble in the third and Center Ice added a power play goal, an even strength goal, and an empty netter to win 5-3.
Later that night, the Raiders and Center Ice met again. The first period was all Raiders as far as shots, but there were no goals. In the second period, Center Ice doubled up the Raiders on shots, but there were still no goals. The third period shots were even, but the Raiders scored twice on goals from Charlie Tourbaf and Colby Smith, and Rowan Foose made a number of point blank saves to earn the only shutout of the tournament in the 16U division. The team battled through the last two minutes of the game killing a 6 on 4 due to a man in the box and an empty Center Ice net. The Raiders shut it down and by the end of the night, they had won 2-0 and been presented the championship banner, and Rowan was named MVP.
The 16U Blue team is now 2-0 in its tournaments this season after also winning the Steel City Shootout in Bethlehem, PA in October. The team will try for the three-peat next month when they travel to Charleston for the Palmetto State Presidents Puck tournament over Presidents Day weekend.