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Hill School ice hockey wins MAHL Championship

The Hill School boys ice hockey team effectively, and literally, showed its power Wednesday.

The Blues won a second straight Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) championship with their 5-2 victory over LaSalle at Hatfield Ice. It was secured in a three-goal third period, a pair of tallies by David Hill and a solo goal by J.J. Szlavik the difference after the Hill and LaSalle played to a 2-2 draw in the early going.

But it was in the first two period when, with power-play situations in its favor, the Hill (19-11-1) took advantage of them. The Blues got a power-play goals from Brandon Picard at the 14:38 mark of the first, assisted by Ville Wilpola and C.J. Duvall; and Tyler Paquette 5:33 into the second, Gilford Daley and Hill on the assist.

In the third, Hill scored a notch past two minutes in off the assist by Picard. Szlavik, assisted by Jay Luce, converted his goal 3:05 in before Hill scored an empty-netter at 16:50, Picard with his second assist of the game.

In goal, Drew Hutchinson made stops on 24 of 26 shots he faced. LaSalle’s Will Affel faced 37 shots, stopping 33 of them.

Defensively, the Blues rose to the moment by killing off three minutes of a two-man disadvantage midway through the third period.

The locals, who beat LaSalle for the 2016 MAHL championship, advanced to the MAHL title game with a 4-2 victory over Wyoming Seminary one week ago. Wednesday’s win enabled the Blues to avenge a 2-1 loss to LaSalle in their Jan. 25 regular-season matchup.

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