Voigt makes own breaks in backstopping Virginia to first title in 17 years

Teammates again, Nic Tuzinkiewicz (left) and David Voigt with the ACCHL trophy last month.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

David Voigt (DHS Class of 2016) swung a big sledgehammer in breaking the ice on Darien High becoming back-to-back state champs for the first time in school history one year ago. This winter he was at it again, breaking more than the ice on a rare banner season for the University of Virginia Cavaliers Club Hockey team.

I had so much adrenaline.

— David Voigt

The freshman goalie was in net all the way in helping Virginia bust up a 17-year ice-jam without a crown.

But this time, he broke more than a generational post-season losing streak.

He broke his ankle too.

It didn’t break his stride though, as Voigt went on to keep the one-goal lead in a 5-4 victory over James Madison in ACCHL semifinals. He was hurt in the third period, with the score tied 4-4, and didn’t come out.

Voigt stayed in goal for a 5-1 win over NC state — and facing an opponent with those initials, how could he lose? — in the final in late Feb.

“It was an experience I will never forget,” Voigt said on the school website. “I had so much adrenaline that it caused me to lose most of the pain in my ankle and help our team win the championship.”

The Cavaliers began the playoffs regular season champs, aided by another former Wave Puckster, Nic Tuzinkiewicz, (DHS ’15) a defenseman instrumental in breaking Darien’s 46-year state-title hiatus two years ago this month.