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GW Continues Dominance Heading into the Break

12/10/2016, 6:45pm EST
By David Baratta

Colonials Keep Rolling with Wins over ACCHL Opponents JMU and Elon

For the first time in a while, GW played some hockey in December, scheduling two ACCHL opponents in non-league games.

On Friday, December 2nd, GW hosted Central Division opponent James Madison University in a high scoring affair.  JMU would open the scoring just 4 minutes into the game, but GW would respond with a goal by freshman forward Alec Yerkovich.  Senior forward Jake Lessick would get two more goals towards the end of the period, but JMU would respond with one of their own cutting GW's lead to 3-2.  JMU would tie the game halfway through the second, but again GW would respond on a goal by sophomore forward Brian Sargent to regain the 1-goal lead.  The teams would trade goals at the end of the period, with Jake Lessick restoring the team's 1-goal lead at the 2-minute mark to take a 5-4 lead into the third.  JMU would once again tie the game early in the period, but a pair of goals by junior forward Alec Weinberg would give GW the 7-5 lead.  JMU would get one more at the 8-minute mark, but the Yerkovich brothers would each pot a goal after that to give GW the 9-6 win.  Junior goalie Corey Nadell would get his second win in net.

The next day, GW would host Elon, and they were on a mission.  Not only did the team want to have a good game to end the semester on, but they wanted to get a win for senior goalie Neil Hershman who would be graduating at the end of the semester. Hershman is a 4-year GW hockey goalie who has served the team faithfully, including starting in the fall of 2014 while Dylan Cleary was abroad, where he recorded a number of league wins including over Georgetown.  Not only did Hershman get his win, he got the first GW shutout since February 14th, 2015 as he stopped 25 shots on the way to a 7-0 GW win.  Junior forward Alex Weinberg had a 4-goal performance, and Sargent, W. Yerkovich, and Zhang added goals as well.

GW heads into the break 10-2-1 overall - one of the best first semesters in GW hockey history.  In ACCHL divisional play, GW currently stands 4-1-1 and two points away from clinching the North Division for a second year in a row.  GW resumes their schedule Friday, January 20th with an "away" game against Catholic, and has their first chance to clinch the division the following night with the first of three league games against Navy in Annapolis.

Image credit: Matt Ricciardi

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