Saturday, December 12, 2015

The PSU Lions traveled to Virgina last weekend and split the games with the George Mason Patriots. In the first game, the Lions would come out on top 5-3, after being out shot 39-33. George Mason would take an early lead 2:36 into the game. However, Nico Gricco would even the score from Pilla and Ludwig. Gricco would give the Lions a 2-1 lead from Mike Lassik. With less than two minutes in the first period The Patriots would tie the score. PSU's Mitch Rupprecht would score sixteen seconds with a laser of a shot top shelf. PSU would lead 3-2 after one. PSU would get off to a quick start as freshman Sean Dolan would score from a shot from the point assisted by Bova and Littler. George Mason would score at 11:17 narrowing the deficit to 4-3 at the end of two. Neither team would see much of an advantage during the third period as it became a goalie duel. Gilchrist would turn away 21 third period shots. Then at 19:58, with the goalie pulled Nick Tamburi would add the empty net and give the Lions a 5-3 win. Gilchrist would turn away 36 of 39 shots and win the MVP belt. Less than twenty four hours later the rivalry would be renewed. However this time it would go in favor of George Mason. With revenge on their minds the Patriots struck early and often. Two lucky bounces led to goals and George Mason would have a 3-0 lead at the end of one. In desperate need of a goal, freshman Mitch Rupprecht scored eight seconds into the period, cutting the lead to 3-1. The Patriots would reestablish their three goal lead. Then with eight seconds left in the period, Max Selverian, would rifle a shot past the goaltender. George Mason would lead 4-2 at the end of the second. In the third, George Mason made it 5-2. PSU would not quit and Max would score his second of the game, but that would be as close as PSU would get. George Mason 6 PSU 3. "I thought today we played a much better game than Saturday, but we ran into a hot goaltender and we couldn't bury our second chances. It's tough to beat a team two games in a row. All in all it was a good weekend. And sometimes a loss like this humbles a team and gets us refocused." PSUA closes out the first semester against CCAC, Saturday December 12.