T.C. Williams hockey team wins championship

T.C. Williams hockey team wins championship
<strong> First Row: </strong> Lucas Hernandez-Wilson, Jason Townsend, William Long <br /> <strong> Middle Row: </strong> Ewan Thompson, Jackson Oppel, Aiden Obrien, Ethan Steinburg, Jacek Zavora, Jacob Thiessen. <br /> <strong> Back Row: </strong> Head Coach Peter Townsend, Assistant Coach Mike Grainger, Jack Grainger, Owen Grainger, Nicholas Mackey, Michael Planey, Patrick Kenny, Phil Ainey, William Anaya, Ian McEvoy, James Townsend, Assistant Coach Ron Ainey, Assistant Coach Chris Hernandez-Roy (Courtesy Photo)

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com

The T.C. Williams ice hockey team won the Capitol Scholastic Hockey League Championship March 2 after only two years in the league.

Coach Peter Townsend described the 5-4 win against the Lake Braddock Bruins as a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The team finished the regular season with a record of 7-2-1, plus three playoff wins. Sophomore Jason Townsend led T.C. during the playoffs with five goals and five assists.

“The team was pretty excited,” Townsend said. “There are some very skilled players on that team, but there’s also some less experienced players on the team who maybe have never won anything.”

The CSHL has 10 teams in the region. While in the past, T.C. players have played on combined teams of students from four different schools, this is only their second year as an individual team. Townsend said many players on the team had the advantage of already playing together on their club team, the Northern Virginia Ice Dogs.

Townsend said he hopes the win will help the team get more attention at T.C. Williams and continue to grow.

“I’d say two thirds of the school has no idea there’s even a hockey team,” he said. “The kids, they’d like some recognition, so it’s neat.”