Game Recap: September 29 vs JMU (4-5 L)
On Friday, September 29, 2017, at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD, the Georgetown Hoya Hockey Team faced-off against the Dukes of James Madison University. It was the first league game for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas started out strong and scored in the first seven minutes of the game to take a 1-0 lead. Will Bukowski (Jr, Raleigh, NC) fired a slap shot from the right point, and George Brennan (Soph, Elmhurst, IL) scored on the rebound, assisted by Joe Cooley (Fr, Buffalo, NY). Two minutes later, James Madison tied the game. At the end of the first period, it was 1-1 with the Hoyas outshooting the Dukes 10-6.
The second period featured outstanding Hoya hockey in both the offensive and defensive zones. On offense, the Hoyas scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. The first tally was scored by Jack Angelini (Fr, Bloomingdale, IL), set up on a fabulous play by Joe Cooley who eluded three defenders, and further assisted by George Brennan. The second tally was scored by Jack Maguire (Fr, Madison, NJ), assisted on a great pass from behind the net by Jack Cavanaugh (Fr, Fairfield, CT) and further assisted by Matt Gallo (Fr, Summit, NJ). On defense, the Hoyas were led by Matt Tang (Sr, Randolph, NJ), Matt Gallo, Will Bukowski, Zach Shpilner (Fr, Lexington, MA), Connor Lindquist (Soph, Chanhassen, MN), Jarret Ross (Sr, Summit, NJ), and goaltender Josh Heckman (Sr, Reading, PA), who shutdown and frustrated the Dukes during the entire second period. Going into the second intermission, the Hoyas held a 3-1 lead and appeared to be in control of the game.
After being frustrated by the Hoyas in the second period, James Madison became more aggressive, physical, and chippy in the third period. The Hoyas, unfortunately, played into their hands by retaliating and taking penalties (including a double minor), and were forced to play shorthanded. The Dukes took advantage of the situation by scoring three unanswered goals (two on power plays) to turn the game around and take a 4-3 lead. With 6:45 remaining in the game, the Hoyas capitalized on their own power play when Nick Gallo (Fr, Summit, NJ) fired a perfect wrist shot from the left circle into the top shelf, assisted by Jack Cavanaugh and Matt Gallo. This tied the game at 4-4. Two minutes, later, however, the Dukes answered with what turned out to be the game winner.
During the last one and one-half minutes of the game, the Hoyas pulled their goaltender and made a gallant push to tie the game—but to no avail. In the third period, the Hoyas outshot the Dukes 17 to 12 but were outscored 4 to 1. The final was 5-4 in favor of James Madison.
Next Games: On October 6, 7, and 8, Georgetown travels to North Carolina to play in the annual ACCHL Stephen A. Russell Memorial Tournament.
The Hoyas will play the following three league games:
Friday, October 6 at 6:30 pm vs Wake Forest University.
Saturday, October 7 at 3:30 pm vs the University of North Carolina.
Sunday, October 8 at 10:30 am vs Highpoint University.