Despite having one of their tougher schedules ever at this year's Stephen Russell Memorial Tournament, GW came away 2-0-1 securing 5 of a possible 6 points in the standings.
On Friday, GW would play for the 2nd time in two games in an NHL arena as they faced NC State at PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. The first 7 minutes were a stalemate, but then GW exploded for three goals through the remainder of the first by freshman forward Cooper May, sophomore defenseman Sam Kirby, and senior forward Brian Sargent to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room. It didn't take nearly as long to get the scoring going in the 2nd as NC State made it 3-1 just 30 seconds in. Then the stalemate resumed, with no team ceding a goal for the remainder of the period. NC State hopped out for a quick goal again 30 seconds into the third to make it 3-2, and after a hard fought period, GW finally gave up the tying goal with just 4 minutes to go. NC State took a penalty just before the end of the third, but a miscue on the powerplay led to an NC State 2-on-1 which they capitalized on to complete the comeback and take the game in OT.
Before games resumed, GW participated in the skills competition on Saturday morning. Grad Student defenseman Sam Powers participated in the fastest skater competition, beating out Georgetown in the first round before bowing out to Wake Forest in the second round in a photo finish. His time was faster than the loser in the other heat though, so he finished in third place. May also took third in the accurate shooting competition. Andrew Fromen's slapshot clocked in at almost 85mph, but it wasn't enough to place in the event. Myles Paton and Alec Astorga performed admirably in the shootout competition, but both failed to place.
The next night, GW rebounded from their disappointing OT loss to take first-time opponent UNC-Wilmington 12-4. GW scored early and often in the first period going up 6-0 on goals by Powers (2), senior forward Will Yerkovich, freshman forward Andrew Fromen, freshman defenseman Eddie Tuohy, and freshmen forward Myles Paton. The second period was a more even affair, with both teams netting two goals, with GW's coming from Tuohy and Sargent. GW resumed their dominance in the third with goals by May, sophomore forward Bennett Levy (2), and grad student forward Connor Varley. Grad Student goaltender Corey Nadell had the win in net.
On the final day, GW took on Elon. After giving up the first goal just 30 seconds into the game, GW battled throughout the remainder of the period to snag two goals at the end from sophomore forward Cam Rapoza and Sargent. In the second, it was all GW with goals from Paton, Tuohy, and junior forward Alec Yerkovich. The teams traded goals in the third, with GW's coming from Alec Yerkovich to complete the hattrick, but it wasn't enough for Elon to pull close as GW finished with the 8-3 win. Senior goalie Alec Astorga got the win in net.
GW continues league play next weekend against Navy at 6:40pm at Medstar Capitals Iceplex, and then the Revolutionary Rivalry continues the following afternoon as they head to Prince William to visit George Mason at 1:50pm.
Photo credit: Matt Ricciardi