(Photo Courtesy of Georgetown Athletics)
For the third consecutive season, the Georgetown Hoyas are the Big East champions.
After splitting their two contests with Pioneers in the regular season, the Hoyas edged Denver 10-9 on Saturday to take home their third straight Big East title and remain kings of the conference.
Dylan Hess notched the would be game-winner, but Georgetown head coach Kevin Warne had called a timeout moments before the ball sailed from the freshman’s stick. However, Hess got his chance coming out of the timeout and notched himself a hat trick along with putting the Hoyas ahead 10-9 4:00 left in the contest.
The freshman had put in his second of the day nearly four minutes earlier to give Georgetown their first lead of the second half before Ethan Walker tied things back up for Denver.
Georgetown got the scoring started with two straight early on, but a three-goal run from from the 8:49 mark in the first through the 13:26 and a four-goal run that lasted from late in the second through early in the third allowed the Pioneers to pull away a bit, leading 7-4 with 12:28 remaining in the third period.
From that point on the Pioneers only found the back of the net twice while Georgetown scored six times, which included the final two goals from Hess.
Graham Bundy Jr. dished out three assists while Nicky Petkevich had two goals and an assist.
Owen McElroy made 15 saves to anchor the Hoyas defense.
Jackson Morrill led Denver with four points off two goals and two assists. TD Ierlan and Alec Stathakis combined to go 15-for-23 at the faceoff dot.