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The Lions will have their busiest weekend of the year, as they play 4 games in a 5 day span. Tonight, the Lions host Grand Canyon at 7:15 PM and on Sunday the Lions host CSUN at 7:30 PM. Then on Tuesday, the Lions will play Cal Lutheran in the first round game of the Kings Cup, at Staples Center following the Kings game. The three games this weekend can be streamed HERE.
It didn't take long, as Sophomore Kory Medeiros stole the puck and scored on a breakaway just 1 minute into the Friday night game. The score would remain 1-0 after a dominate first period by the Lions. In the second, LMU broke it up with Medeiros notching two more goals, including a short hander. Senior Matt Dolegowski also netted his first of the season on a deflection in front. The Lions would struggle slightly in the third as LBSU came out very physically, but Medeiros would bury his 4th of the night from the top of the circle on a 2 on 1. Jake Blazier made some crucial saves in the 2nd and 3rd and grabs his first shutout at LMU.
The Lions played their strongest game of the year against their toughest opponent, never trailing and finishing with a tie against CSUN. LMU would score first as David Valencia found the back of the net on an early LMU power play. Shortly after, Matt Boente would steal the puck on a penalty kill and score short handed. In the 2nd CSUN would notch one, and then would tie it 2-2 early in the third. Boente again found the net in the third, but CSUN would again tie it up. The young Lions squad played a strong, resilient game against a top team. Blazier got the start and stood strong all game.
The Lions dropped their Friday night game at USC, and lost the Century Cup to USC for the first time in 5 years. Looking to rebound, the Lions put forth a strong effort versus Chapman and came away with the victory. Chapman scored first, but newcomer Matt Boente tied it up late in the first. By the early second period, Chapman would have built a 3-1 lead, but the Lions came storming back. Goals from Paynter, Cintas, Medeiros and a 2nd from Boente put the Lions up 5-4 after a wild 2nd period. The third period was more calculated, but the Lions faced a 6 on 4 penalty Kill the final 2 minutes of the game, but were able to hold off to secure the victory.
The LMU Alumni came back in force, with 26 alumni coming to the first annual Alumni game. In a fun, back and forth game, the two teams traded plenty of scoring and scoring opportunities. This was a great weekend to reconnect with some of the earliest faces from the Alumni team. In fact, at least one Alumni was present from every graduating class since 2008. This was also the weekend that the team accounced their inaugural LMU Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. This will be a yearly award given out to former players. The inaugural class has 6 names included. Four people were elected into the Founders group and 2 players into the Hall of Fame. Tom Lieb, the original founder of the team in 1930, Chris Miller, the player who refounded the team in 2006, Tyler Goeckner-Zoeller, who took the team from 2006 and grew it to present, and Al Tipon, the team's advisor who was instrumental in the growth of the team from the beginning, were all elected into the Founders group. The two players who were elected into the Hall, were Phil Higgins (2008), the first team captain. And Jim McDonald (2013), the all time leading scorer for the Lions.
The Lions hosted USC at the home opener, in what is becoming a tradition between these two teams. And the LMU student fans packed the rink in the same tradition, but in a twist on the past few seasons, the Lions dropped the home opener to USC, 2-1. USC used it's speed to hem the Lions in their D-Zone early in the game, but weren't able to score. The Lions opened it up in the 2nd, and the game got into a good pace, though a barrage of penalties throughout the game left it a difficult game to manage. The Lions ended up with 14 penalties, and had to kill off three 5v3 USC advantages. USC, even with the many power play opportunities, was unable to score on the man advantage. USC would score first on an LMU turn over, and a rebound slid to the soft side where it was tapped home. LMU would waste no time in coming back, a quick power play and Evan Ng fired the puck in from the point, to knot the game at 1-1 only 36 seconds later. The game would continue with back and forth chances, though USC outshot the Lions. Late in the third, another costly turnover and USC went in all alone and beat the LMU net minder. The Lions would pressure late, but had to kill off 3 penalties late in the third, and ran out of time to tie it. Junior goalie Jake Blazier played very well, making a handful of huge sliding stops. Thanks to all the fans who packed the rink to cheer us on! The Lions are off next weekend, as they face the Alumni, then play at USC in their next contest.
The team is in their third week of skating, with a handful of fresh faces from all over the country, the new look Lions will try to keep an old look alive, victories over USC. The team will look for their 13th straight win over the Trojans, in the first game of the season and the first of their best of three series called the "Century Cup" in the Home Opener on Thursday. For students, bus tickets will be available Wednesday from 5-7 PM at the Lair. The game will be live streamed, please check back on Thursday for the link to the game. Go Lions!
10/22 vs. GCU
10/23 vs. CSUN
10/25 vs. Cal Lutheran (Kings Cup)
LMU 5 - LBSU 0
LMU 3 - CSUN 3
LMU 5- Chapman 4
USC 2 - LMU 1