Caps and Wiz return to winning ways, Harvard ends GW’s winning streak, Hoyas struggle to improve Big East ranking

The Washington Capitals ended their three game losing skid as they defeated the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at the Verizon Center. After giving up a goal to the Senators in the first minute and 12 seconds of the game, the second period was scoreless for the entire frame. Then after a turnover in the third period, the Caps got the giddy up they needed and scored three unanswered goals—two in a span of 45 seconds. Brooks Laich scored at the 7 minute 15 second mark of the third period. Forty-five seconds later and two seconds into the power-play face off, John Carlson broke the tie.

Next up, the Caps play three on the road to face the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Saturday night, the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors at the Verizon Center, 98-95. Nick Young led the Wizards with 29 points. The Wizards are now currently 11-27 on the season but are a dismal 0-19 on the road and still searching for their first victory outside the Verizon Center this season.

After a five-game winning streak, the George Washington Colonials fell to Harvard Saturday afternoon, 67-62, at the Charles E. Smith Center. After the game, YDC asked GW coach Karl Hobbs if it is tough ending the streak, Hobbs said, “Well, I don’t know about winning streaks, it’s always tough just to lose the game, period. I give Harvard a great deal of credit. They’re a very good basketball team and similar to a couple of teams in our league. Every loss is a tough loss, particularly at home right before going into league play. But with that being said, I think you have to give Harvard a great deal of credit to come [to] this building, under those conditions. That’s a very seasoned team. They’ve got some very good players and it’s a terrific win for them.”

GW’s next game comes on Jan. 19 when they travel to face Richmond. They return to the Smith Center Jan. 22 to face St. Bonaventure.

The Georgetown Hoyas fell to Pittsburgh, 72-57, Wednesday night at the Verizon Center and finding itself 1-4 in the Big East. After the game, John Thompson III said, “Yeah, it’s a concern, you’re 1-4 in the toughest league in the country, so it’s almost a rhetorical question. The good thing is, we still have a lot of ball to be played. We’re five games into an 18 game season. We can still fight our way out of it. Is it a concern that we’re 1-4? Yes, it’s a concern. Make a few shots—it solves everything. Get a few rebounds, get a few stops. It’s a simple game: make shots and guard your guy.”

G’town got back to winning ways on Saturday as they traveled to the Louis Brown Athletic Center to play the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, defeating them 74-65. Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 25 points in the game. G’town continues on the road to face Seton Hall Jan. 18. The Hoyas return to the Verizon Center Jan. 26 to play St. John’s.

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