Northern Virginia Ice Dogs U-12 Team Wins the Pony Tail Hockey Tournament

The top-seeded Northern Virginia Ice Dogs U-12-AA girls ice hockey team defeated the number two seeded Carolina Lightening from Raleigh, NC and won the top U-12 division of the 12th Annual Pony Tail Ice Hockey Tournament on Sunday, March 15, at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md. The Ice Dogs won 5-1, and Gwen Eichfeld of McLean had a hat trick for the game.

Ice Dogs Head Coach Peter Townsend of Alexandria said “These girls are some of the hardest working players I have ever coached. They truly earned the Gold in this tournament.”

The following players are on the Ice Dogs U-12-AA team’s roster: Brooklynn Briguet, Sara Burr, Julia Buzacott, Gwen Eichfeld, Rachel Hinkley, Mikaela Langbacka, Rachel Meighan, Morgan Oglesby, Tegan Pentek, Mariya Rauf, Sara Rider, Jalen Samkoe, Caroline Schuler, Lucy Stanley, Emily Townsend, and Nicole Walutes. The players hail from Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Fairfax, Lorton, McLean, Vienna, and Washington DC. The team played in a boys travel division in the national capital area during its regular season.

The NoVa Ice Dogs club fielded teams in seven divisions in the tournament and four of them played in their Division Championship games.

Tryouts for next year’s girls teams will be held April 30 to May 7 at Mt. Vernon Rink in Alexandria, Va. For more information, contact Townsend at