Depth has been a calling card for Stone Bridge all season. Friday night, as the area’s rush-hour traffic threatened to keep key Bulldogs Josh Kuzbel and Anthony Moffa from arriving at Capitals Kettler Iceplex in time for the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League final, it appeared that depth would be put to the test in the season’s biggest game.
Kuzbel and Moffa, however, showed their timing was almost perfect. The pair made it to Arlington just before the puck dropped against Ashburn rival Briar Woods, then combined for three goals as the Bulldogs built a 6-0 lead and held on for a 7-3 victory and their second consecutive title.
“It was brutal. We left at 4:30 and sat in traffic for two hours,” said Kuzbel, who stayed after school for baseball team pictures. “But thankfully we got here in time, and we got a good effort from everybody tonight.”
Sophomore Chris Berry put the Bulldogs (13-0) on the board less than two minutes in with a few whacks at a loose puck that eventually trickled past Briar Woods goalie Anthony Sangster. Six minutes later, Kuzbel crashed the the net to knock home a goal off an assist from Moffa to give Stone Bridge a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.