GW began the first weekend of the semester on the wrong foot, but finished the weekend strong to clinch the Capitol Division of the ACCHL for the second year in a row, which will guarantee them at least the 3rd seed in the ACCHL playoffs.
On Friday, January 20th, GW and their cross-town opponents spent Inauguration Day the only way they knew how - with a game at Ft. Dupont. Despite a very short bench due to player commitments elsewhere, GW began the scoring early in the first with a goal by grad student Kevin Zhang. Catholic would score two goals over the next five minutes, and take a 2-1 lead into the locker room after the first. Catholic would extend their lead to 3-1 early in the second, but Zhang would bring GW back to within one around the midpoint of the period to make it 3-2. Catholic once again extended their lead to two goals around the 7-minute mark of the third, but GW would tie the game up later in the third with a goal by sophomore forward Brian Sargent and the last of Zhang's hattrick. This game looked like it was headed to overtime, but Catholic pounced on an errant pass up the slot in the GW defensive zone and scored the winning marker with 2 minutes to go. Despite a gutsy effort, GW couldn't tie the game up and dropped their first game of the semester 5-4 to Catholic.
The next night, the full GW roster was back and traveled out to Annapolis to face Navy in their first league game of the semester. This time it would be Navy who got the first goal, but that would be all they got as sophomore goaltender Alec Astorga slammed the door stopping 28 out of 29 Navy shots to help GW clinch their 2nd Capitol Division title in a row. GW's skaters used the big ice to their advantage, and hung 47 shots and 6 goals on Navy, with goals from A. Yerkovich, Weinberg (2), Zhang, Sargent, and W. Yerkovich.
GW has another league matchup with Navy next weekend, where they hope the wins keep coming to try for a 2nd or even 1st seed in this year's playoffs.
Photo credit: Navy Hockey