This October featured three great matchups for GW at Kettler, and the Colonials won all three.
On Friday the 13th, GW hosted Kentucky for the first time ever as they made a trip through DC. It looked like bad luck would befall GW, as Kentucky jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the middle of the first, but GW responded with goals from freshman defenseman Sam Kirby and grad student forward Nick Ryan before the period ended, only taking a 3-2 deficit into the second. A nifty backhand deke by grad student forward Ryan Rice early in the second tied the game up at 3. GW and Kentucky then alternated goals with the Colonials' two scores coming junior forward Will Yekrovich and sophomore forward Alec Yerkovich. Freshman forward Justin Storer gave GW their first lead of the game at the 12 minute mark of the second, and the scoring quieted down as GW took a 6-5 lead into the third. A defensive battle ensued in the third, ending in Kentucky tying the game up at the 7 minute mark. However, two late power play goals by Ryan (2) and junior forward Brian Sargent gave GW their 8-6 lead, which they held on to. Junior goalie Dan Soar got the win in net making 32 out of 38 saves overall, and 20 out of 23 saves in the second and third to help GW as they climbed back into the game.
The next Friday, October 20, brought Navy into town for GW's first in-conference home game, and it also happened to be Colonials Weekend. Unlike the slow start against Kentucky, GW was fired up from the start for this one and netted three goals in the first three minutes of the game with two goals from senior forward Alec Weinberg and one from Sargent. Navy finally got on the board late in the first, but Weinberg responded right back to complete the first period hattrick and give GW a 3-1 lead going into the second. Weinberg got right back to scoring in the second, netting his fourth of the game just a minute in and getting his fifth at the halfway mark of the period (with a Navy goal in between). Sargent then picked up his second of the night giving GW a 7-2 lead going into the third. A pair of goals in the third by Ryan, and one by Navy, gave GW a final result of 9-3 and they advanced to 4-0 in ACCHL games. Junior goalie Alec Astorga got the win in net stopping 27 out of 30.
In their final College Hockey Night in DC, GW faced none other than cross-town rival Georgetown. This game did not get off to as explosive of a start for GW, instead the scoring opened at the five-minute mark on the power play tip from W. Yerkovich, but Georgetown would respond halfway through the period to tie the game at 1, which is how the period ended. Storer restored GW's lead early in the second, only for Georgtown to tie it up again. Weinberg got the lead back, again on the power play, and freshman forward Sun Chung gave GW their first two-goal lead of the game. Georgetown however would get one back before the end of the period, and GW took a 4-3 lead into the third. Senior defenseman Zack Smolev snuck a point shot through early in the third, but Georgetown once again made it a one-goal game halfway through the period. Scoring was hard to come by the rest of the game until grad student forward Kevin Zhang put the puck into the empty net for a final score of 6-4. Alec Astorga stopped 35 out of 39 for the win, and GW advanced to 5-0 in ACCHL play and 8-1 overall.
GW next takes on James Madison, who is also undefeated in ACCHL play and has one loss overall, in a non-league game at Prince William on Friday, 11/3 at 7:50pm.
Photo credit: Matt Ricciardi