The Colonials got their season started off in style, donning new jerseys in front of a 1000+ person crowd at the newly-re-named Capital One Arena following the Capitals-Blues preseason game on Friday, September 22nd. The lights may have been too bright for the Colonials to start, as a rocky beginning led to Georgetown almost taking a one-goal lead early on, but the goal was called off due to goalie interference. The first period would end 0-0, but early in the first, senior defenseman Zack Smolev would open the scoring with a one-timer on the power play to give GW a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Alec Weinberg would add two insurance markers in the third period - each on a breakaway, to give GW the 3-0 final score. For possibly the first time in GW history, the shutout effort included three goaltenders: junior Alec Astorga, senior Ben Berner, and senior Corey Nadell - who were each given a period.
The next day, instead of bright lights and a big crowd, GW faced a new challenge of taking on the University of Maryland for the first time in years. It didn't take nearly as long for the scoring to get started, and within the first six-and-a-half minutes of the game, six goals would be scored - three a piece - with GW's goals coming from Weinberg, junior forward Brian Sargent, and senior forward Connor Varley. Maryland would add one more at the halfway mark of the first to take a 4-3 lead into the dressing room. The second period was all Maryland, who racked up four goals throughout the period, the lone goal coming from Weinberg halfway through, to make it a 8-4 game going into the third. Maryland would get another just minutes into the third to make it 9-4, but GW would come storming back with three goals by grad forward Nick Ryan, sophomore forward Alec Yerkovich, and grad forward Kevin Zhang to bring the game to 9-7. That's as close as GW would get though, and Maryland would pot two more, for a wild final score of 11-7.
GW's "preseason" continues next week, with matches against NC State (9/29, 6:40pm, Kettler) and Virginia Tech (9/30, 10:10pm, Prince William).
Photo credit: Matt Ricciardi