George Mason High School’s ice hockey team celebrated Senior Night last Friday during its win against the joint Bishop O’Connell/T.C. Williams high school JV team at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.
Students and parents filled the bleachers and the balcony as Athletic Director Tom Horn and Principal Tyrone Byrd gave out trophies to the seven seniors on the team and recognized their parents.
The club team, made up of a combined group of players from George Mason and Edison high schools is in its fourth year, and this year’s graduating seniors were the founders of the team. The Mustangs had a losing record for their first two years, but last year they were 5-4-1, and this year they are 4-3-1 with two games to go, heading toward another winning season.
The seven graduating Mustangs are Jack Stricker, Connor Rhodes, Ian Rush (of Edison High School), Andrew Williamson, Adam Fendley, Matt Lowery, and Hunter Olson.
Against Bishop O’Connell, the Mustangs scored first off of a shot by Mason’s Andrew Williamson, and Ian Rush (Edison) and Hunter Olson followed up with two quick goals. With the score 3-0, O’Connell regrouped and their goalie went on to make many great saves as the Mustangs continued their aggressive offense.
Working hard and consistently to create shooting opportunities, forwards Rush and Williamson added two more goals in the second period. Mason defense was solid, passing the puck back to offense time and again.
At the opposite end, Mason goalie Sam Allan allowed only one goal midway through the third period. The final score was 5-1. The Mustangs will take the ice again this Friday, Jan. 17, at Kettler against Yorktown High School.