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GW Splits Weekend with Local Rivals

02/02/2016, 4:00pm EST
By David Baratta

GW Drops High-Scoring Affair to Georgetown, Bounces Back with Win over Hopkins

On Friday, January 22nd, GW took on Georgetown for the second time this season - this time a non-league game.  The scoring started quickly, with both teams exchanging goals at around the 3-minute mark - first a goal by sophomore forward Tommy O'Conner, and then a response less than a minute later by Georgetown.  The first period would remain scoreless until the 3-minute mark when Georgetown got a power play goal to go up 2-1.  Within a minute of the start of the second period, senior forward Nick Ryan tied the game up at 2.  Then, despite GW being assessed six minor penalties to Georgetown's one penalty, the teams would trade goals back and forth through the remainder of the 2nd with 2 more GW goals coming from Ryan and another coming from senior forward Luke Yerkovich.  The teams would head into the third period tied 5-5.  Georgetown would get two more goals in the third, and take the game 7-5.

The next night, GW faced Johns Hopkins for the 2nd time this season.  This would be a much lower-scoring affair as GW wouldn't open the scoring until the 5-minute mark of the second period when senior forward Sam Finkler broke the scoreless tie.  Hopkins and GW would trade goals halfway through the third period, with the GW goal coming from freshman forward (and 2nd semester arrival) Brian Sargent for his first of the year.  GW's 2-1 lead would stand until late in the third when senior forwards Jake Lessick and Luke Yerkovich would net goals a minute apart with under 3 minutes to play to take a 4-1 lead.  GW would cede a final Hopkins goal with just 28 seconds left for a final score of 4-2.  GW would put 59 shots on JMU's goaltender, but freshman Alec Astorga would be the winning goalie saving 17 of 19.

GW heads to Charlottesville next weekend to take on UVA in non-league play on Friday and a league matchup with JMU on Saturday.  If GW wins on Saturday, they will clinch the Capital Division and secure a #3 seed going in to playoffs.

Photo credit: Matt Ricciardi

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