UVA Cruise by VCU 10-1 in Home Opener
Monday, 09.14.2015 / 11:22 am / Game Recap
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Main Street Arena was packed for the Hoos’ home opener against VCU. With over a thousand people in attendance, the line stretched along the Downtown Mall and the rink eventually reached its maximum legal capacity.
It’s safe to say the crowd got what they wanted. A 10-1 win over VCU got the squad off on the right foot to start their run at an ACCHL championship.
With a gigantic crowd feeding off of phenomenal theatrics provided by the team’s temporary tech squad, rookie Chris Merrill and seasoned veteran Douglas Eisman, the team had obvious energy from the drop of the puck.
Third-year, fourth line grinder Reed Brady opened up the scoring halfway through the first with a dagger from the top of the left circle. It was clear from the roar of the most passionate and loyal fans in Charlottesville that this was going to be a one-sided affair.
In somewhat of a Cinderella story, Jamie Thorndike netted two beautiful genos, one off of a clever feed from linemate Roby Williams and another after desperate battling in front of the cage led to a rebound chance and finish.
Kevin McCollum, the team’s leading scorer and Most Improved Player in the 2014-2015 season, had a hattrick. Expect more games like these from KMac—he has a wicked release and paints corners like a young Vincent Van Gogh (with two ears).
Team President and assistant captain Trip Burke added a goal of his own, along with rookie recruit John Nossif, a transfer lured from Jerry York’s clutches up at Boston College down to Hooville by Virginia’s infamous former captain and head scout, Thomas Livingston—who knows what kind of NCAA violations were committed in that deal. Reed Brady added another, as did assistant captain Steffen Herter.
There were undoubtedly some technical hiccups throughout the game. Chris Merrill battled through distraction and did his best, but often times found himself forgetting to hit the “start” and “stop” buttons on the clock. Eisman, currently bogged down by a concussion, forgot to write anything down on the scoresheet until the third period. These small mishaps along with alcohol being poured onto the VCU bench by rowdy fans led to stern warnings by the referees. After said warnings, Captain Herter made sure both the tech team and the bench were on point for the remainder of the game.
Jake Anderson had a shutout through two periods until he was disqualified for consuming an alcoholic beverage on the ice. This selfish act drew eerie parallels to the maturity of a middle schooler desperate for attention from his crush and led to a five minute major penalty to begin the third period, which Virginia killed off successfully. Tommy Graber finished the game in net and did so admirably, only allowing one goal in the final frame.
Overall, the Hoos did a lot of things right, but they look forward to practice this week as an opportunity to improve before their first ACCHL league game against rival JMU this Friday 9/18 at 9 pm back at Main Street Arena.
By Doug Eisman