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The Lions beat UCLA on Senior Night with a final score of 4-2. UCLA came flying out of the gates, scoring first and generating many chances. Late in the first period, Matt Boente knotted the score at 1-1 as the puck slid back door and he had a wide open net. In the second, UCLA would score early again, but Boente would knot the score on a great single handed effort off a face off. The Lions would score again quickly after as Boente fed a great pass to the slot and a streaking Justin Cintas found the back of the net. In the third, the Bruins would pressure, but the Lions withheld, and with the UCLA net empty, Evan Ng stole the puck and scored an empty net goal to seal the Senior Night victory. Jake Blazier stood tall in net, including a game saving breakaway save with 2 minutes to play. The Lions celebrated their six graduating seniors, Evan Ng, Kevin Paynter, Justin Cintas, Matt Dolegowski, Nick Collins and John Lovelace. Seniors picked up 2 of the 4 goals on the night, and the fans steamed onto the ice after the victory to celebrate with the team!
The Lions looked to tie the game late against 7th ranked Denver on Saturday night. The Lions, playing their toughest competition of the year, put together a strong effort with a short bench, and limited Denver's speed all night. Denver would score first, but late in the first Matt Boente set up Matt Dolegowski who scored on a breakaway. After the first, Denver led 3-1, and made it 4-1 part way through the 2nd. Late in the second, goalie Jake Blazier stood on his head and the Lions chipped it out for a breakaway for CJ Geeza, who made it 4-2 after 2. In the third, Denver would score early, but Matt Boente would fire home a goal to make it 5-3. The Lions pulled the goalie but Denver fired a long shot into the empty net to seal the game 6-3. The Lions have their Senior Night next Thursday as they host UCLA.
The Lions took Texas State to the finish line, ending with a 7-7 tie after overtime. Texas would score shorthanded first, but the Lions would also capitalize on the power play with a goal from Defenseman James Andrews. The 2nd period saw a barrage of goals, with LMU leading 5-4 after 2. In the third, Texas would take a 7-6 lead late, with LMU tying the game to force overtime. No scoring in overtime and the game ends in a tie 7-7. The Lions will head home to host USC and Denver this coming weekend.
The Lions took an opportunity to start the 2nd semester off with a bang, and a mostly full bench. The Lions played Fullerton in the third place game of the Kings Cup Tournament, hosted by the LA Kings at Staples Center. The Lions had a bit of a slow start, trailing 1-0 midway through the first. Late in the first, Marc Brockwell would tie the game, and the Lions would score 3 more unanswered goals to win 4-1. Boente, Thomas and Cintas had the other goals for the Lions. LMU travels to Texas this weekend to face off against three tough Texas teams.
The Lions played a strong game, but the short bench ended up ending LMU's quest to make it back to the Kings Cup finals this year, with a 6-3 loss to UCLA. The Lions held a 3-2 lead early in the second period, but UCLA would take a 4-3 lead by the end of the 2nd, and finish with an empty net goal to make it 6-3 final. The Lions are now off until January where they'll play a final month of the season out. In the 2nd semester the Lions will travel to Texas, and play 4 local games, including hosting USC and UCLA on Senior Night.
The Lions had a four goal lead twice on Saturday afternoon, but couldn't keep NAU from surging back into the game, eventually ending with a 7-7 tie after Overtime. The Lions stormed out of the gates, leading 4-1 after the first. But late in the 2nd, a costly penalty set the wheels in motion for a NAU comeback, scoring 3 goals in the final 3 minutes to make it 6-5 after 2. In the third, the Lions would score first to make it 7-5, but NAU would again score 2 late goals to tie it. In Overtime, the Lions had nearly all of the chances, including 2 breakaways, but couldn't convert. The game ended in a 7-7 tie. The Lions are back after Thanksgiving break to play two final games this semester. On 12/1 the Lions host CSUF and on 12/4 the Lions play in the Kings Cup Semi-Finals vs. UCLA in Burbank.
LMU 4 - UCLA 2
Denver 6 - LMU 3
LMU 7 - Texas St. 7
LMU 4 - CSUF 1