With an 8-1 record (16 points), the Colonials finished 1st overall in the regular season standings out of the 13 teams currently in the ACCHL, granting them their first ever Regular Season Title. This led the team to a first-round matchup with division-rival St. Joe’s, which the team dispatched in a 6-4 victory. GW wouldn’t be so luck in the next round, falling to a stingy UNC-Charlotte team 4-2. UNC-Charlotte would go on to win the ACCHL Championship with a 6-2 win over Wake Forest. GW’s 1st-round win means they have made the final-four of the ACCHL playoffs in four of the last five seasons.
On an individual level, several GW players were recognized for great seasons. For the 4th time in 5 years, GW won the forward of the year award with this year’s honors going to Alec Weinberg who led GW with 40 points and the league with over 3 points-per-game. Alec’s offensive prowess also earned him a spot on the 2018 ACC 1st-All-American team. Senior defenseman and captain Alex Katsihtis, along with junior goaltender Alec Astorga, were named to the 2nd-All-American team. Freshman forward Justin Storer was named to the All-Rookie team.
Not only players went home with awards, coach Jon Moynihan was named Coach of the Year for the second time in five years – an award chosen by the other coaches in the league. This also landed him on the ACC 1st-All-American team.
Although playoff success is always GW’s paramount goal, it’s hard to call the 2017-2018 season anything but a success. The team is graduating a number of important seniors at all positions, and looks forward to tryouts next season as they regroup for another run to the ACCHL tournament.
The team would like to express their gratitude to all of the volunteers, parents, referees, and school and league officials who make each and every season possible – we hope we’ve done you proud and that you will join us for another great season next year!
Photo credit: Matt Ricciardi