HOOS WIN ACCHL TITLE
Monday, 02.20.2017 / 10:17 pm / Uncategorized
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After 17 years, UVA has brought the Admiral’s Cup back to Charlottesville. In a thrilling weekend of playoff hockey, the Hoos defeated opponents St. Joseph’s, James Madison, and NC State to remain undefeated in ACCHL play on their way to capturing the title that has long eluded the program.
As the top seed in the tournament, the Hoos dominated much of the weekend. In front of a home crowd at Main Street Arena, the weekend began with a 7-1 thrashing of St. Joseph’s University. Third-year assistant captain Roby Williams led the way in the quarterfinal match up with his first career hat trick to set the example for the rest of the tournament.
The Hoos found themselves facing off against rival James Madison University for a Saturday afternoon semifinal contest. The Dukes fought hard for 60 minutes giving the Hoos all they could handle. UVA would blow a two-goal lead in the third period and have to overcome tremendous adversity with nine minutes remaining in regulation. With the score tied 4-4, first-year goaltender David Voigt briefly fell to the ice in pain after sustaining an injury to his ankle. With no backup option on the bench, Voigt remarkably carried on to finish the game.
Energized in solidarity by Voigt’s heart, the Hoos put on a clinic to finish out the game. With five minutes remaining in regulation, fourth-year Raffi Keuroglian would score the goal to give the Hoos the lead. A spectacular defensive effort by the entire team limited the Dukes to just two shots on goal after the scare in net, sending UVA to their first ACCHL championship game since 2000.
Still without an eligible backup goaltender, Voigt started in goal for the 20th time of the season on Sunday afternoon, this time for the ACCHL title against North Carolina State University. A closely contested first period saw UVA concede the first goal of the game, but on the first shift of the second period, second-year all-star defenseman Nic Tuzinkiewicz would tie the game on a shot from the blue line that caught the NC State goaltender off guard. The Hoos broke the game wide open later in the second when third-year forward Jack O’Rourke changed the complexion of the game with a heavy hit on an NC State forward, setting the tone for the rest of the championship.
First years Josh Katz and Jacob Fishman would capitalize on the momentum shift as they both scored goals on the two shifts immediately following the hit. Entering the third period with a 3-1 lead, UVA did not look back, adding goals by leading scorers Kevin McCollum and Jordan Friedman in the final period to take the ACCHL title on home ice. Voigt was recognized by the ACCHL for his outstanding performance in net being named the tournament’s MVP.
With an overall record of 16-4-1 and a league record of 11-0-1, the Hoos become the first team to win both the regular season and playoff championships in the ACCHL since Georgetown University in 2012.
On behalf of the UVA Men’s Hockey Team, we thank all our fans for their incredible support and look forward to defending the title in 2017-18.