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Tie game in the 3rd period? No problem for the Caps as Alex Ovechkin notches his 81st career GWG.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores Late to Lift the Caps Over the Canucks

Posted on 23 October 2015 by Ed Frankovic

Alexander Ovechkin scored his 81st career game winning goal with 4:55 remaining after a sweet feed from Evgeny Kuzentsov, then the Caps defense and Braden Holtby (23 saves) made it stand up for a come from behind, 3-2, victory in Vancouver.

It was the Capitals first victory on the road against the Canucks since 2001.

Jay Beagle had a super outing for Washington scoring the game tying goal in the third period by going to the net and getting a bounce. He also set up the Caps first tally with a strong move up the right wing that allowed him to feed a super pass to Jason Chimera for a back door goal for the only first period score. Beagle then did a nice job of defending the Sedin twins in the 3rd period, something he didn’t get a lot of chances to do in the first two periods because the Canucks head coach kept putting the Sedins out against the Caps top line (T.J. Oshie, Kuznetsov, and Ovechkin). Barry Trotz outcoached Willie Desjardins in the third period by turning the match-ups in his favor despite being on the road. It should be noted that both of the goals Beagle was involved in came when the Sedins were on the ice.

The Sedins and Radim Vrbata have historically feasted on the Capitals and they did so in the second period scoring at even strength and then on the power play. Vancouver dominated much of those middle 20 minutes, but it was the Capitals who carried the play in the first and third frames. Holtby had some timely saves in the second period when the Canucks were on the verge of taking over the game.

A key to Washington coming back in the last 20 minutes was their physical play. After trying to out-finesse the Canucks in the second period, the Caps amped up their intensity and physicality and started winning the board battles. That’s hard to do against the Canucks when the Sedins get into their cycle game in the offensive zone.

Overall the Caps out shot Vancouver, 35-25, but Ryan Miller was super for the Canucks in net.

This win pushes the Capitals to 5-1 on the season and they are two for two on their Western Canada swing, which continues in Edmonton on Friday night (9 pm on CSN). The Oilers are playing well after getting the first pick in the 2015 NHL draft and choosing the superb Connor McDavid, who has four goals and two assists in his first seven games. Edmonton is fast and uses the excellent Rexall Place ice surface to their advantage. The Caps will go with Philipp Grubauer in net in a back to back situation. Clearly the Oilers are favored given that Washington will travel from British Columbia to Alberta in the early hours of Friday before taking the ice later that night.

However, this Capitals team has showed some special things already by rallying in a building they’ve historically struggled in against some top players (the Sedins and Miller) who have typically played their best against them. The Caps are playing well and the additions of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams plus the increased development of Kuznetsov, have made them much harder to defend. Win or lose in Edmonton on Friday, this road trip has already been a success.

Oh, and the Caps still have that #8 guy, who once again delivered when the game was on the line.

Alex Ovechkin is still the best player in the National Hockey League, in my book.

So I hope you stayed up late to watch another super game winner by the Gr8, it was well worth it!

Notes: Ovechkin had seven shots on goal and Miller made a big stop on him in period one when it was 1-0, Caps. Karl Alzner fed the Gr8 in the slot but Ovi didn’t get the shot where he wanted it…Matt Niskanen led the Caps in ice time with 25:11 and John Carlson (assist) logged 24:43…Dmitry Orlov had an assist in 13:25 of ice time. Nate Schmidt played for the first time in over a week and was +1 in only 11:20 of ice time. I’d expect Taylor Chorney to be in on Friday against the Oilers…the Caps got creamed on faceoffs, 30-16. Nicklas Backstrom was 2-15…the Caps were 0 for 2 on the power play and they were only 2 for 3 on the penalty kill… Andre Burakovsky had an assist in 12:00 of ice time. I thought he had a strong game and he continues to improve.

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Two former Greyhounds selected in NLL Draft

Posted on 17 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Acton, Hawkins Selected In NLL Entry Draft


TORONTO – Former Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse All-Americans Reid Acton and Josh Hawkins were selected in last night’s National Lacrosse League (NLL) 2013 Entry Draft.

Acton was a third-round selection of the Minnesota Swarm, while the Vancouver Stealth picked Hawkins in the fifth round. They are the first Loyola players to be drafted by a team from the indoor league since current Director of Men’s Lacrosse Operations P.T. Ricci was in 2009.

Both players recently completed their first professionals seasons in the outdoor Major League Lacrosse League (MLL), helping both of their sides reach MLL Championship Weekend.

Acton and Hawkins started the season as teammates with the Hamilton Nationals – Hawkins was a first-round selection of the team, Acton a fourth rounder – but Hawkins was traded to the Charlotte Hounds on July 2.

The Nationals finished the regular-season with a 9-5 record and lost in the semifinals to eventual the MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks. Acton played in four games for the Nationals and picked up four ground balls.

Hawkins suited up in three games for the Nationals, scoring a pair of goals and grabbing eight ground balls, before being traded. He then saw action in five games for the Hounds who finished with a 7-7 regular-season mark before beating previously undefeated Denver in the MLL Semifinals.

With the Hounds, Hawkins scored three goals in the regular-season to go with 12 ground balls. He then had an assist in the MLL Semifinals.

Both players were two-time All-Americans for the Greyhound sin 2012 and 2013 and helped Loyola to 46 victories, three NCAA Championships appearances and the 2012 NCAA title during the time at Loyola.

Acton tallied 85 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers, to go with two goals and an assist, as a defender for Loyola, and Hawkins scored 26 goals and had nine assists, 172 ground balls nad 34 caused turnovers on the Greyhounds’ rope unit as a short-stick midfielder.

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