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Thu., Nov. 26 - Prince William hockey rivals square off.
Thu., Nov. 26 - Small businesses throughout Prince William County are counting on specials to attract customers for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28.
Thu., Nov. 26 - More than 15 million Americans, including 452,000 people in Virginia, are providing unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Wed., Nov. 25 - 7-Eleven robbed with pellet gun On Nov. 17at 11:27 p.m., officers responded to the 7-Eleven at 14820 Cloverdale Rd., Woodbridge to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business with what appeared to be a handgun then demanded money and tobacco products. During the encounter, the employee determined the handgun was a pellet gun. When the suspect placed the pellet gun on the counter as he reached for the cash register, the employee picked it up and pointed it at the suspect who then fled the business on foot. An undisclosed amount of money and tobacco products were reported missing. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 and a helicopter from Fairfax County Police were used to look for the suspect who was not located. The suspect is a white male between 18 and 30 years old. He is said to be 5 foot 8 inches and was last seen wearing a black and white face mask, a black hoodie with a black shirt over top it, black pants, and black and white shoes. Sunoco robbed at gunpoint On Nov. 19 at 3:05 p.m., officers responded to the Sunoco Service Station at 14501 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge to investigate a robbery. An employee reported to police that an unknown man entered the business, showed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took money before fleeing the business on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 was used to search for the suspect who was not located. The suspect is a black male who was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, and black sunglasses.
Wed., Nov. 25 - Prince William police arrested a 21-year-old Woodbridge man in connection with the Nov. 4 alleged abduction of a 17-year-old boy in Manassas.
Wed., Nov. 25 - Holiday signal-timing plans set for 14 shopping centers.
Wed., Nov. 25 - Work to widen Route 28 in western Prince William County continues on schedule.
Wed., Nov. 25 - Correction to the cross country standings.
Tue., Nov. 24 - Chris Yung race honors fallen officer.
Tue., Nov. 24 - Lamar Lewis arrested in Georgia; Byron King turns himself in
Patriot is hot on the ice
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Battlefield High School took on rival Patriot High School who were determined to get the win this year.
The late Friday night match up between the two rival schools caught the attention of the community.
The PHS crowd packed the house for this rival match-up, circling the rink in red.
Battlefield's following seemed smaller in number which could have been attributed to the BHS playoff football game at Lake Braddock High School.
Some 40 fans were literally left in the cold while standing outside the building until the match concluded. IcePlex staff closed the doors at one point- allowing new fans to enter as others exited.
There tends to be a lot of commotion and tension when these two teams meet but the only fights were on the ice Friday night.
“It was really great to beat Battlefield,” PHS sophomore Cassie French said. “Battlefield wins everything.”
The Battlefield team who won the match up last year seemed shaky in the first period of the game.
Patriot led by seniors Justin Daves, Brett Gauthier and Zach Norby played composed and relaxed throughout the first period. Daves and Norby led the teams offense striking time after time on the Battlefield net.
Gauthier, a senior for Patriot High, secured the Patriot shut out with a convincing display of defense.
One difference was the PHS squad passed the punk among players where BHS seemed hesitant in their passing game.
Daves currently leads the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) in points and goals. Norby leads the league in assists. Josh Stone leads the league in minutes played.
The Patriot team is coached by Jim Norby, Andy Hicks and Joe Murray.
Although, Patriot won 10-0 with a convincing mercy rule display Battlefields junior defender, Colin Cunningham, and senior defender, Gabe Irizarry, showed brave heart efforts in their defensive duties. Sophomore Owen Spicer had several chances for Battlefield but could not find the net on the frustrating night for the Bobcats. The Battlefield team is coached by Dave Ramos, Barry Zweig, and Chris Hubert.
The game did not fail to impress because of the relentless Patriot offense and the illustrious school rivalry.
According to former BHS head coach Keith Ludeman, a lot of the Patriot players used to play for the BHS team because the area team was a one provisional team until two teams were established.
“I expect Patriot to be a play-off team,” Ludeman said.
Battlefield is a young team this year with few seniors on the rooster, unlike their rival.
“Last year, it was BHS, this year it is PHS,” Ludeman said. “Next year, Patriot will be in the same boat.”
The former coach who was instrumental in helping secure hockey's foothold in Western Prince William seemed pleased at the crowd's size. “This is what we hoped to see.”
“When I started BHS 10 years ago, this is what I envisioned,” Ludeman said. On hand to watch the players, he was also there to watch the referees on the ice. The former coach overseas the officials for “quality control” and still gets on the ice to occassionally ref games.
Michelle Baker contributed to this story.