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The #10 Lions will play their final game of the first semester today, taking on 7th ranked ASU P8. Stream the game live HERE.
The #10 Lions skated past the #13 CSUN Matadors on Saturday night. CSUN came out strong in the first, and LMU's Spesak held the Lions in the game, keeping the game scoreless. The Lions woke up in the second, and outchanced CSUN. Ogani would score a nice breakaway goal on a pass from Gannon and Hyman. Late in the 2nd, Martins added to his team lead in points by faking a pass, then sending a backhand into the net for a PP goal. CSUN would score early in the third to make it 2-1, but Ogani tipped home a point shot for his 2nd of the game, and led LMU to the 3-1 victory. The Lions sweep the season series over CSUN with 6-2 and 3-1 wins. The Lions finish off the first semester of games tomorrow as they host #7 ASU Pac 8.
The Lions fell one spot, and landed in 10th place in the West region for the 2nd ACHA Ranking period. The top 10 teams qualify for the regional tournament, so LMU still has a spot with 2 ranking periods left to play. The Lions, who had a 4-3 record in the 2nd ranking period are looking for a more consistant style of play as they recover from the slew of injuries that held them to 12 skaters in some games. The 3rd ranking period only has two games in it for LMU, both this weekend, vs. #13 CSUN and #7 ASU P8.
The Lions couldn't capitalize on their chances, and faced 17 minutes in penalties, in a 5-2 loss to #4 Boise St. Boise scored 3 goals on 8 power plays, and scored 2 goals late in the third to put the game away. The Lions were unable to capitalize on their only power play, with Kyle Martins scoring the two LMU goals. The Lions finished the weekend 2-1, and are off until December for Thanksgiving.
The Lions played Saturday night, against a very tough CSUN team, extremely short handed. On top of a short bench, CSUN came out strong in the first and lead 2-0 after 1. The Lions would regroup in the intermission and never looked back in the 2nd. Martins would score first on a rush to the net. Lorange tied the game at 2-2 on a power play goal. Trevor tracy sniped a goal from the top of the circle, the eventual game winner. Martins would put home his second goal to finish the 2nd period up 4-2. In the third, Martins would chip in his third on a broken play, and net his fourth goal, and pick up his Natural Hat Trick with an empty net goal. Spesak got his third win in a row, and the Lions banded together to fight an uphill battle and win. The Lions will face off against #4 Boise St in the morning.
The Lions cruised to an easy win against BYU at home on Thursday night. BYU would open the scoring early in the first on a power play goal, but LMU would quickly bounce back to lead 2-1 after the first, those goals came from Martins on the PP and Ogani on a breakaway. In the second the Lions would build a 7-3 lead, with goals from Hyman, Yoder, Tracy, Costin and his first as a Lion from Lawton. Spesak came up big when needed, and LMU closed out the game to win 7-4. Thanks to the fans who came out on the bus to cheer us on to victory!
The Lions came out strong looking for a redemption game, and it didn't take long to strike. Hyman scored in the first 10 seconds of the game, and the Lions didn't look back, winning 6-1 over SDSU and sweeping the season series. Hyman tallied two goals, as did Costin. Tracy and Martins notched the other two goals, with Max Williams and Nick Collins notching their first collegiate points. Taylor Spesak stood tall in net, coming up big when called upon. The Lions get back in the win column, and face a tough three game weekend next weekend.
The Lions headed south to face SDSU Aztecs on Friday night. SDSU would score the only goal of the first period, as Mata fluttered a shot over Spesaks shoulder to lead 1-0 after one. In the second, the Lions scored three quick goals, Tracy on a Power play, Costin on his own rebound, and Tracy shorthanded on a nice pass from Martins. SDSU would get the score to 3-2 late in the 2nd. In the third, the Lions would increase their lead to 4-2, as Ethan Fink beat the goalie top shelf on a 2 on 1. SDSU would score again, to make it 4-3 a few minutes later. Jack Hyman would follow suit, beat the goalie top glove side to give LMU a 5-3 lead. SDSU would make it interesting by sneaking one through Spesak late in the third, making the score 5-4. SDSU would pull their goalie, but LMU hung tough and won the game 5-4. These teams will face off again next Friday at LMU, but LMU will first face Fullerton on Thursday night on the road.
Dec 7 vs. ASU P8
LMU 3 - CSUN 1
LMU 2 - Boise St 5
LMU 6 - CSUN 2
LMU 7 - BYU 4