Club Sports Banquet Winner...
The Hockey team attended the LMU Club Sports banquet, and came home winners for a 4th straight year. This year, Al Tipon, was awarded the top advisor award, his 4th overall win. This is certainly a well deserved award as Al spends countless hours helping the team in all capacities. This does end the best Male Athelete award going to the hockey team, who had won it three years running. Congratulations Al!
Awards and Annual Team Banquet...
The Lions held their annual end of season team banquet, and handed out the team awards this past Friday, capping off the most successful season to date. After a fun night at dinner, the 6 awards were handed out to the players who were selected as winners. The "Most Improved" award, as voted on by the players, went to Paul MacCabe. MacCabe came to LMU with only a few years of hockey experience, but ended the season as a regular player, including time on the 2nd power play and a key face off contributor. The "Squid of the Year" award, given out to the favorite rookie as voted on by the players went to Dan McCabe. The new award, the "Big Tip Award", as decided by Team Advisor Al Tipon, went to Ethan Fink for having the most "Lion Spirit". The coaches award went to 4 year senior Cameron Che, who the coaches felt was a key asset to the program as a leader and a good player to recognize. The Most Valuable Player, voted by the players, went to Kyler Martins, who played in every game this season, registering the most goals and points on the team. Finally, the "Old Man Miller" award, given to the player who does the most for the success of the team on and off the ice, went to senior Hunter Costin, who was an integral part of the team his four seasons with the Lions. Now the off season will fully begin, as planning for next season is in full swing. Check back regularly for updates on the 2014-15 schedule as well as any other news that will happen as the Lions look to take another step forward in this upcoming season.
Lions Fall in First Regionals Appearance...
The Lions appeared in their first ever ACHA Regional Tournament this weekend, as they took on #4 Ranked University of Utah. Utah, the fastest team the Lions have played this season, came flying out of the gates. The Lions held tough though, and trailed 1-0 at the end of the first. The altitude didn't help the Lions early as Utah continued to mount pressure, but as the game went on, LMU started to turn the tables. Utah would get up 2-0 early in the 2nd, but sophomore Connor Gordon would score in the final minute of the 2nd as he drove home a rebound from Archie Ogani. The third would be the most even period of the game, with both teams trading chances. The Lions put up a number of good shots as the clock wound down, and their best chances came in the final minute but could not sneak the tying goal in. Taylor Spesak played a strong game in net, stopping 54 of 56 shots, and controlling the pace of the game. The Lions defense kept most shots to the perimiter, and together kept the team in the game. Even with the loss, the Lions had the closest game of the first day of regionals, and it is a good stepping stone to continue to move up in the ACHA West in the years to come. This was the final game for the seniors Hunter Costin, Cameron Che, Trevor Isbell and Connor Evans. The Lions will take some time off and start planning for another successful season that will start next September. Thanks for the fans who packed our home rink in record numbers this season, as the Lions accomplished a lot of firsts. See you all next season!
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