ACCHL Tournament: Georgetown Upends Virginia Tech For Semifinal Berth
Winston-Salem, NC - The 7th seeded Virginia Tech Hokies and 2nd seeded Georgetown Hoyas ended day one of the 2019 opening round of the ACCHL Championship Tournament Playoffs. The Hoyas moved on to Saturdays semi-final round with a convincing 9-2 win over the Hokies.
After a scoreless first period, the Hoyas exploded with five goals in the second period, added four more in the third period while holding the Hokies scoreless until late in the third period. Three of the Georgetown goals came on power plays.
Georgetown got second period goals from Ian Harkness, Matt Gallo, Jack Angelini, Andrew Nestle and George Brennan. Meanwhile, Toronto resident and Hoya goaltender Ty Greenburg made several excellent saves in period one and held on to shutout the Hokies for the first two periods of play.
Brennan scored his second of the night and moved the lead to 6-0 two and a half minutes into the third period. Next up Alex Werner buried the 7th goal for Georgetown still early in the third and the Hoyas were rolling to the semifinals.
The two teams would trade goals late with Virginia Tech finally getting on the board courtesy of a Mason Wildgrube power play goal. George Brennan wold answer for the Hoya right back on the power play in the later stages of the third.
One more goal from each team would round out the scoring, first from the Hokies' Andrew Wissler streaking down the left wing on a two-on-one. Then with only 28 seconds left Danny Overcash scored on the power play again for the Hoyas to give the game its final score.
Thus, the tournament’s top four seeded teams all advanced in Friday’s action. Number one seeded North Carolina State ousted St Josephs 11-1, number two Georgetown easily won over Virginia Tech 9-2, number three Virginia edged George Washington University 4-3 and Wake Forest in an overtime thriller qualified for the next round with a 3-2 sudden victory over UNC Charlotte 3-2.
Saturday action at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds annex kicks off on Saturday at 4:30 PM with the second game set for a 7:30 PM puck drop. Based on yesterday’s results Wake Forest draws top seeded North Carolina in game two while Virginia will play Georgetown in the first game at 4:30 PM. The winners will advance to the 1 PM Championship game on Sunday.
The ACCHL formed 1995 will add the University of Richmond Spiders as the 16th team in the league in the 2019-2020 season. Member schools are in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
Wake Forest University’s hockey club and the Carolina Thunderbirds of the Federal Hockey League are hosting this year’s tournament.