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‘TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING: GMU HOCKEY CHARITY GAMES SET FUNDRAISING RECORD

The George Mason University Ice Hockey program has always believed in the power of giving. With the help of the community, family, friends and supporters, Mason raised a total of $24,769 – a new team record – through benefit games on Dec. 7 and 8 for Our Military Kids and the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO).

Mason played Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 7, a 5-2 victory that also raised $3,270 to benefit Our Military Kids. The next day, Mason held its annual charity game, playing the Potomac Patriots Premiere Junior team to raise money for CAMMO. The event was standing room only as over 350 fans were treated to the sounds of GMU’s award-winning pep band, Green Machine, along with raffles, silent auctions, chuck-a-puck and a hard-fought hockey game. 

Mason and the Potomac Patriots traded leads for most of the afternoon until a late game tally allowed Potomac to prevail, 4-3. Relive this exciting game here, with Monumental Sports Network.  

Together we can make a difference! Thanks again to all involved and to everyone who attended our annual charity games.

 

About Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members as well as children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Since its founding in 2004, Our Military Kids has given out $23.5 million through over 60,000 grants to military children in all states and territories. These grants enable families to pay for activities that will help to reduce their children's stress and anxiety that often exists when a parent is recovering or away. These activities include athletics, fine art, and tutoring programs. For more information about Our Military Kids, visit www.ourmilitarykids.org.

About Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO)

CAMMO is an innovative 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 by U.S. Navy veteran Cathie Lechareas and U.S. Army veteran Victor Hurtado that believes in the healing power of music. Run by veterans for veterans, active-duty service members and families, CAMMO develops artists, technicians, writers and musicians. Concurrently, it is developing military-specific music programs that can assist past and present service members who are suffering neurological impairments such as traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. For more information about CAMMO, visit www.cammomusic.org.

FALL RECAP: PATRIOTS PERSEVERE DESPITE ROCKY START

Looking back on Mason’s first half of the season, it was filled with challenges and accomplishments as they played 20 games against teams across Divisions I, II and III.  

 

Early Challenges

Mason got off to a slow start, dropping their season opener at Liberty University, but recovered with a decisive victory over the same Liberty team the next day on home ice. Due to an early schedule filled with tough Division I and Division II opponents, Mason found themselves at the end of September with a record of 1-3-0-0.  

The team also had to fight through a series of injuries to several key players, finding themselves at one point able to dress only two defensemen and 10 forwards as they headed to Western Pennsylvania for a Division I matchup.

However, thanks in large part to the leadership of our captains and other key role players, the Patriots jelled in the locker room and on the ice. October showed signs of what was to come as Mason finally found its rhythm and picked up an undefeated streak. The team demonstrated strong mental discipline and a focused commitment to each other and to finding success on the ice.

 

Significant Accomplishments 

Through the first 20 games of the season, Mason has scored 116 goals, 43 of which came on the power play. As the defense started to click, it showed in the team’s performance on the ice and in game statistics. Over the last 10 games, the team yielded an average of 2.1 goals against while scoring an average of 5.3 goals.

Mason boasts several players leading ACHA Division III statistical categories: 

  • •    Cameron Smith leads with 46 goals scored. He has a total of 66 points with 20 assists.
  • •    Trevor Mack leads in assists (51). Mack is also third in points with 67 (16 goals,  51 assists).
  • •    Tim Contos leads in game-winning goals (8).
  • •    Nick Grose leads all defensemen in points (42), and all of the ACHA in power play points with 26 (11 power play goals, 15 power play assists).


Additional notes:

  • •    Freshman goalie Ivan (Max) Campbell had a perfect record of 8-0-0, including a December shutout against D-I Towson University. Mason’s goalie corps posted a 0.902 save percentage and 3.25 goals against for the semester.  
  • •    Defenseman Georg Landro has 31 assists in 19 games played, reflecting his key role in Mason’s power play unit. 
  • •    Mack notched his 200th ACHA career point, broke the franchise record for all-time assists (127), and has recorded at least one point in 19 out of 20 games so far this season.


Mason ended the fall semester ranked first in the Atlantic Region with a 15-3-1-1 record, and riding an eight-game win streak after tying George Washington University (D-II) on Nov. 1. 

The team hosted two theme nights to recognize and honor first responders and military families, respectively. In addition, Mason raised over $25,000 for two great organizations: The Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO) and Our Military Kids.

 

The Road to Frisco

Mason still has a lot of work to do before the regular season concludes. The final Division III regional rankings will be issued on February 19, 2020, and will determine whether the team returns to the ACHA National Championship Tournament. With only six games remaining in January and February, Mason needs to continue to win games by playing with a stingy defense and a total team effort.

The 2020 ACHA Championship tournament will be held in Frisco, TX, from March 23 – 28. If Mason holds on to the top spot in the region, the team will receive an automatic bid to Nationals. If Mason is ranked below first or second place, the team will compete in the Atlantic Regional tournament on March 7th and 8th in Pittsburgh, PA, to earn a spot at Nationals.

Stay tuned as the road to Frisco picks up again on January 17th against George Washington University (D-II) at 10 p.m. at The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. 

SEASON UPDATE: MASON KEEPS ROLLING THROUGH LAST TWO GAMES BEFORE BREAK

Last Friday, Mason headed up the Capital Beltway and north of Baltimore to face ACHA Division I opponent, Towson University, for the second time this season. 

Freshman forward Tim Contos opened the scoring for Mason a minute into the game, with assists from Trevor Mack and Cameron Smith (0:56 – Tim ContosCameron SmithTrevor Mack). This was followed up later in the first period by a Cameron Smith power play goal in unusual fashion: The puck went off of Smith's shin pad and into the back of the net from a Georg Landro crossing attempt (12:32 – Cameron Smith, Georg LandroNick Grose). The first period ended with the Patriots up, 2–0.

The second period continued to be more of the same with Mason continuing to pour it on the Towson Tigers. Contos picked up his second of the night (5:43 – Tim Contos, Jackson HarnoisMatt Rosenberger). Later in the second, Nick Grose ripped a power play snipe from Georg Landro (13:10 – Nick Grose, Georg Landro). Then, with just under five minutes left in the second period, Contos completed the hat trick. On a breakaway after Mack passed him the puck, he tucked it home just under the crossbar (16:12 – Tim Contos, Trevor Mack). The hat trick marked Contos' first as a Patriot, but he would score one more time before the night was over. 

Up 5-0 entering the 3rd period, Mason kept control of the game, stayed disciplined and buried one more goal to win its sixth ACHA D1 game of the year. Contos tallied his fourth goal of the game to seal the deal and put the Tigers to sleep (17:24 – Tim Contos, Nick Grose). Mason won the game, 6-0, and out-shot Towson, 55-25. Freshman goalie Max Campbell earned his first career shutout and improved his win/loss record to 8-0.

Saturday afternoon, Mason hosted Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) for its first ACHA D3 match up in several weeks. 

The game started with a quick IUP goal just three minutes into the period. At the halfway mark of the first period, two of the ACHA’s best players, Mack and Smith, combined for a goal to tie the game for Mason (10:47 – Cameron Smith, Trevor Mack, Tim Contos). Smith buried another one with a few minutes left in the period to give Mason a lead heading into the first intermission (17:23 – Cameron Smith, Georg Landro, Trevor Mack).

With the second period underway, IUP was again first to strike, putting away a breakaway goal against Mason starting goaltender, Conor Hartnett, with a well-placed shot to the top left corner of the net. However, Mason did not let the game remain tied for long. Contos put the puck behind the IUP goaltender to make it 3-2, Mason (9:39 – Tim Contos, Trevor Mack, Cameron Smith). The goal was Contos’ 18th goal of the season and his eighth game-winning goal. Mack followed up with a snipe on the power play to extend Mason’s lead, 4-2 (11:24 – Trevor Mack, Georg Landro, Nick Grose). 

Mason closed out the third period with one more power play goal, courtesy of Grose late in the third period – his ACHA-leading 27th power play point on the season (15:37 – Nick Grose, Georg Landro, Trevor Mack). Hartnett made 24 saves and secured Mason’s 15th win. 

Additionally, as part of Mason’s Military Appreciation Night, the team raised $3,270 for Our Military Kids, a nonprofit organization which helps fund extracurricular activities for children of deployed service members and wounded veterans!

The team's record stands at 15-3-1-1 heading into its annual exhibition charity game on Sunday against the Potomac Patriots junior team. 

 

A few notes heading into the semester break. 

Mason has five players leading ACHA Division III in the several categories: 

Goals: Cameron Smith (46)

Assists: Trevor Mack (51)

Game Winning Goals: Tim Contos (8) 

Power Play Goals: Cameron Smith (18) 

Power Play Assists: Trevor Mack (23)

Power Play Points: Nick Grose (27)

Defensemen Assists: Georg Landro (31)

Defensemen Points: Nick Grose (43) 

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF GMU HOCKEY

In the fall of 1998, I was a graduate student at George Mason University and happened to meet a guy who told me that he and some friends were putting together a club hockey team. Having grown up playing hockey in Canada, I jumped at his invitation to join them.

I grew up in North Bay, Ontario, where hockey was everything. When I was 15, my dad decided to take a job in Montgomery, Alabama. There was no ice hockey at that time in Alabama. The college I attended as an undergraduate, Auburn University, also lacked opportunities to play hockey. So my chance meeting with Scott Treiber, who was forming a hockey team with a few undergraduate friends, a few weeks after I started classes in the economics graduate program at Mason turned out to be an opportunity to make my dream of playing college hockey come true. 

I can still vividly remember my excitement that first night skate at Fairfax Ice Arena. The smell of an ice arena always gets my blood flowing, but this was more: Fifteen or so young men in hockey equipment ready to go their hardest in drills to find their place on a real college hockey team. 

Donny Wilkins, a former NCAA Division III hockey player who was enrolled at Mason, ran the first practice. Unlike the rest of us in full equipment, Donny was dressed only in sweatpants and a Mason hoodie. Going through the drills, I remember being humbled by the likes of brothers Bruce and Eric Baltas and Donny, who had unbelievable speed and quickness. 

Making things even better, we had an ace in the hole: A fellow Canadian by the name of Ted Lancaster from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, played goalie. We even got matching uniforms with the letters, “GMU,” for practices and home and away games. What more could we want?

The first season, 1988-98, was hard because we were not yet officially accepted into the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). We played as many exhibition games we could. With Donny Wilkins getting ready to graduate, we looked to Dave Ross as our leader. 

Dave arranged for the inaugural George Mason Hockey Club team to play in the ACHA, beginning in 1989-90 season. That fall had us all scrambling to make sure we had the proper apparel for our uniforms as required by the ACHA. It was, as I remember, a little tough: Hockey equipment was considerably more expensive in the late ‘80s than it is today. Our single green and yellow jerseys we used the year before were not going to fly anymore. We needed home and away jerseys and matching socks, helmets and pants. The team decided we would wear black pants and white helmets. Even though we received funds for our club from the school, we still had to pay team dues to cover our costs.

We found a new home that year, Mount Vernon Recreation Center in Alexandria, VA. Wednesday morning practices were special as we took the ice right before the Washington Capitals. It was great talking after practice to Scott Stevens, Dale Hunter and others. They treated us just like fellow hockey players.

Road games were too much fun, going to places like Daniel Boone Village in North Carolina. There is nothing like a hockey team to give you a great group of friends. Hockey players don't need fraternities. I also got a kick out of showing my fellow grad students my action picture captured in the school newspaper, The Broadside. 

With Minnesotans like Steve Hanson and Jack Fyock, along with Pete Iacconie, the Baltas brothers and Canadian Ted Lancaster in net, we actually won quite a few games. After that inaugural season, I left Mason to get a job in the real world and returned to watch a few home games that next season. I saw the speedster Todd Martin wearing my number seven and former NHL player, Brian "Buggsy" Watson, behind the bench.

Now, 30 years later, I get to see my own boys come to Mason for a year of graduate school and play on the now very successful hockey club. This season, with my son Alex as an assistant coach and my son Nick playing defense, marks 30 years since the inaugural season that I witnessed and have the fondest memories. It’s a club that provides a really great environment for young student athletes. Everyone who has ever been involved with this organization should be very proud of how far it has come and how far it will go.  
 

By Peter Grose

 

SEASON UPDATE: MASON TWO STEPS CLOSER TO DALLAS

The GMU Hockey team hit the road yet again this month on Friday. The first stop, Cambria War Memorial in Johnstown, PA to play University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. The home of Cameron Smith's former team, the Johnstown Tomahawks, Smith said "[He] felt excited to be playing back in Johnstown . . . the rink has a lot of history to it and the town". 

 

The Patriots started off strong with a Nick Grose power play snipe from the blue line (12:22 PPG: Grose, Mack, & Landro). Continuing to apply a strong and quick game as they sought to do all night the Patriots were able to pot another one later in the first. Matt Rosenberger floated one top left to beat the screened UPJ goalie to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead (17:15 Rosenberger, Grose, & Lackey). However, UPJ cut the Patriots' lead in half with just a minute to go in the period. Teams would head into the first intermission, 2-1, for the Patriots.

 

A quick start for UPJ in the second period tied the game up at two. The score would end up being knotted at two apiece after back and forth play in the second period. Despite Mason heavily out shooting UPJ 30-13 through two periods, the Patriots looked to find answers headed into the third period. 

 

An early Alex DeYoung interference penalty put the Patriots shorthanded six minutes into the period. Not to be outdone, Trevor Mack, short handed, broke the tie off a full-ice clear by Frank Lackey. Mack beat the D-man to the puck and ripped a clap bomb into the top right corner from the bottom of the right hand circle (7:03 SHG: Mack, Lackey).  

 

The Patriots were not done, however. Just a few minutes later, Mack lined up for an offensive zone face off, walked the center and hit freshman Tim Contos back door to put the boys up, 4-2 (9:48 Contos, Mack). This marked Trevor Mack's 200th career ACHA point for the grizzled veteran. "The accomplishment is awesome. I have been blessed to play with so many great players throughout my collegiate career but am focused on winning hockey games." 

 

Cameron Smith would add one more for the Patriots with a typical top left, bar down, hey, how are ya, shot from the far side entering the zone with speed (15:05: Smith, Grose, & Mack). Putting the Patriots 5-2, UPJ got one more late in the 3rd but too little, too late and the George Mason Patriots won with a 5-3 final. 

 

Freshman Max Campbell, Langley High School and Reston Raider alumni, improved to 7-0 on the season, stopping 17 of 20 UPJ shots. 

 

Head Coach Steve Hyjek was accredited with his 100th career ACHA win and another two points closer to their trip to Dallas. 

 

Freshman Tim Contos, Chantilly High School and Ashburn Xtreme alumni, notched his 12th of the season, which ended up being his sixth game winner this year. This puts Contos in the nation lead for ACHA Game Winning Goals with six. 

 

"I love to see the freshman doing so well . . . it shows the great development in local hockey talent that this area provides when you see two young guys coming in and making such a difference," said Coach Alex Grose in regard to Max Campbell and Tim Contos recent performances.

 

Saturday night, the Patriots headed to Altoona to play PSU-Altoona.  Despite a slow start, and at one point, trailing in the second period, the Patriots were able to put the hammer down and pull out a 12-4 win. 

 

Cameron Smith led the way with five goals and three assists for eight points on the night. Freshman Georg Landro, Potomac Patriots alumni, spent the afternoon on the orchard picking up seven apples (assists). Trevor Mack contributed with three goals and three assists himself.  Matt Rosenberger, a sophomore out of Warrenton, VA, and Ashburn Xtreme alumni, picked up two goals and an assist. Tim Contos picked up one goal and two assists. Nick Grose picked up a goal and an assist. Brian Ruiz and Colin Henley also added an assist each. In net, Nate George picked up his second win on the season. 

 

The Patriots walk away with four points and move to 11-3-1-1 on the season, (7-1 in ACHA D3 games), and look forward to another two games against ACHA D1 opponents this upcoming weekend in Philly. 

 

Photo by: Matthew Ricciardi 

First Team All-Met Blueliner Patrick Chapman Commits to GMU

Patrick Chapman, the highly skilled captain of St. John’s varsity hockey team, will be trading grey and scarlet for green and gold this fall when he joins George Mason University’s hockey team. 

Chapman is now the fourth defenseman to commit to what is shaping up to be a dominant blue line next season in ACHA Division I.  

“Patrick was one of our most sought after recruits this year,” Head Coach Steve Hyjek said. “We see him as a player who will have an immediate impact on the ice and who will fit in very well as part of our program for the next four years.”

Chapman comes to Mason after a prolific senior year. He led St. John’s College High School to victory in the National Capital Hockey Tournament – known as the “Purple Puck” – as well as the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL) championship game, where the regular season champs lost a nail-biter in overtime to Landon School.

His performance garnered several awards. Chapman was named to the First team All-Conference (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) and First team All-League (MAPHL). The Washington Post selected him for the 2020 Winter All-Met First team for hockey due to his ability to move the puck and the “strong defense and leadership” he provided for St. John’s. (Fun fact: His mom, Scotti O’Connell, was also selected as one of NBC Sports Washington’s Honda Hockey Moms! Watch the video featuring mother and son on Twitter here.)

Chapman also served as captain of Team Maryland U18-AAA.

“I am very excited to join the green and gold and look forward to helping us get a bid at Nationals in this new chapter of Mason hockey,” said Chapman.

Junior Hockey Defenseman Jimmy Zinter Commits to Mason

Jimmy Zinter, a former USPHL and EHL player, has committed to George Mason Hockey for next year, adding size and skills that will help the team compete in its first season in ACHA Division I.  

At 6’5” and 200 pounds, the 21-year-old defenseman comes to Mason with 134 games of junior hockey experience, during which he collected 31 points. 

"Jimmy is a big, tough defenseman who plays the game hard and is one of those players that forwards hate to play against,” said Mason Coach Alex Grose. “His maturity and ability to set the tone for the team is going to be a huge addition to our locker room.”

Head Coach Steve Hyjek said Zinter will add to the solid foundation Mason has built over the years and will help in its efforts to be a strong competitor in Division I.

“He brings the skills, the desire to compete and the quality of character we seek in candidates to be a part of our program,” Hyjek said.

A Leesburg, Va., native, Zinter played for Bishop O'Connell High School under Coach Flip Collins, who now also helps scout talent for Mason.

"Jimmy is one of the most determined and driven hockey players I have ever coached,” Collins said. “He will make everyone around him a better player." 

Zinter left O’Connell after two years to play junior hockey with the Islanders Hockey Club in the USPHL. After two seasons, he signed with the East Coast Wizards of the EHL. After a season and a half with the Wizards, Zinter finished his junior career with the Seahawks Hockey Club, also in the EHL, due to a trade deadline move.  

Grose said that Zinter has always been more of a defensive defenseman, because of his size.

“His decision to play with us is going to give him the chance to develop the offensive aspect of his game and become a force on both sides of the red line," Grose predicted. 

Zinter said that Mason’s coaching staff already has made him feel like a part of the family.

“Being part of a top program with great coaches and teammates is what hockey is all about,” Zinter said. “I’m equally excited to study at the GMU School of Business and about the many internship and career opportunities in the capital region.”

Patriots Add Smooth-Skating Defenseman from Hagerstown

Quinn Alley announced his commitment to George Mason University and will be joining the team’s blue line this fall. Alley most recently played for the Hagerstown Bulldogs U18-AA and Fredrick County High School. An assistant captain on the Bulldogs, Alley put up 10 goals and 19 assists in 58 games. Alley was also co-captain for his high school team, where he had six goals and nine assists in 15 games.  

Alley was selected to represent the Bulldogs at the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJEPL) All-Star game last season.

This season, for his performance with his high school team on and off the ice, Alley was selected to the MVHL All-Conference First Team and won the National Hobey Baker Character Builds Excellence Award. 

"Quinn Alley is the prime example of the 'modern defenseman.' He is a great skater, moves the puck well and is not afraid to jump into the play. We are very excited to be adding him to the locker room," commented Coach Alex Grose. 

“I am most excited to live my childhood dream of playing college hockey and having a great chance to play at Nationals while representing the gold and green," Alley said, when asked what he was looking forward to about joining the team.