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The Lions, only 11 hours after finishing their victory over CSUN, will hit the ice against Fourth ranked Boise St. The game starts at 11 AM, and can be watched live HERE.
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.
The Lions dropped an important game on Saturday evening against Long Beach. LMU scored first, with Brad Goodman chipping in a rebound for his first goal of the season. Long Beach would tie it shortly after on a breakaway. In the second, Trevor Tracy would tip in a point shot to give LMU a 2-1 lead. Again Long Beach would tie it. Shortly after, John Yoder would bury a rebound and give LMU their final lead of the game, as Long Beach would tie it shortly after. Late in the period, Long Beach would score 3 goals in 4 minutes, to take a 5-3 lead after the 2nd, and would tack on a 6th goal on the power play in the third. The Lions couldn't convert on their chances, and blew an important opportunity to get back in the win column. Next week LMU will travel to San Diego for an important game against SDSU on Friday evening.
The ACHA West first rankings have come out, and the Lions will start where they finished last season, ranked as the 9th best team in the West. After a great start, the Lions had a tough trip to Utah this past weekend, and that certainly factored heavily into the finish for the Lions. The team will have a month of games until the next rankings will come out, and plenty of opportunities to prove the Lions should move up in the rankings. In the next ranking period, LMU will face LBSU, SDSU, CSUF, CSUN, #4 Boise St, and #10 ASU P8.
Nov 23 vs. Boise St.
LMU 6 - CSUN 2
LMU 7 - BYU 4