Game Recap: October 27 @ GW (4-6 L)
On Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA, the Georgetown University hockey team faced-off against the Colonials of George Washington University. It was a very close, competitive, and hard-fought game throughout. Although GW came into the game undefeated in league play, the Hoyas gave them all they could handle, and then some.
The shots on goal were dead even: 39 for each team. At the end of the first period, the score was 1-1. GW scored first on a power play goal, but the Hoyas answered in the middle of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The Hoyas’ tally was started by a shot on goal from the left point by Matt Tang (Sr, Randolph, NJ). After a tough battle in front of the net, Jack Maguire (Fr, Medford, NJ) scored for the Hoyas, assisted by Jack Cavanaugh (Fr, Fairfield, CT).
In the second period, GW scored in the first five minutes, but the Hoyas answered again at the midway point to tie the game at 2-2. The Hoyas’ equalizer was the result of a hard, low shot from the left circle by Connor Prochnow (Sr, Kansas City, MO), that was tipped-in skillfully by Luc Woodard (Sr, West Tisbury, MA). Ian Harkness (Jr, San Diego, CA) had the second assist. With 8:47 remaining in the second period, GW scored twice within one minute (on a power play and on a loose puck in the paint) to take a 4-2 lead. But the Hoyas once again battled back. With 4:37 remaining in the second frame, Jack Cavanaugh gained control of the puck in the corner in the offensive zone, made a strong move toward the goal, and scored on a wrister to once again make it a one-goal game at 4-3. Jack’s goal was assisted by defensemen Will Bukowski (Jr, Raleigh, NC) and Rishi Kshatriya (Jr, Plano, TX).
In the first seven minutes of the third period, GW capitalized on another power play to take a 5-3 lead. Midway through the final frame, Matt Tang scored on a blistering slap shot from the right point, assisted by Jack Cavanaugh and Bobby Maxwell (Sr, Buffalo, NY) to cut the lead to 5-4. In the final ten minutes of action, the Hoyas skated hard, created several scoring opportunities, pulled goalie Josh Heckman (Sr, Reading, PA) with about 1 minute and 30 seconds remaining, but were not able to tie the game. With 31 seconds remaining, GW scored an empty-netter to ice a 6-4 victory.
Although the Hoyas were disappointed with the outcome, there are several positives. First, it is clear that the Hoyas have the ability to compete with and defeat the top teams in the league. GW was able to prevail as the result of 3 power play goals and an empty-netter. Second, the Hoyas continue to play hard, support each other, and improve with a line-up that generally includes 10 freshmen and sophomores. Third, the Hoyas showed marked improvement in their offensive zone. For various stretches of the game, the Hoyas’ forechecking was dominant, caused several turnovers, and led to scoring opportunities. In addition, the Hoyas had improved net presence and were able to put pressure on the GW goalie as the result of slap passes and redirections.
Next Game: Saturday, November 18, 2017 vs West Chester University. The game will begin at 8:30 pm and will be played at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD.