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The Lions broke free in the third for a barrage of goals, and beat D2 newcomer Chapman 20-4 on Friday night. The Lions were led by Trevor Tracy's 4 goals and 7 points. Kyle Martins also tallied 4 goals, and 2 assists. Freshman Cam Mitchell recorded his first collegiate hat trick as well, with 3 goals. Freshman Nick Collins notched the first goal of his career as well. Chapman did well on special teams, scoring 3 power play and 1 short handed goal against LMU. The Lions will now focus on the remaining 2 regular season games, Friday vs. NAU and Saturday vs SJSU. Saturday is the final home game of the year, and senior night where we will be honoring our 9 graduating seniors.
The Lions maintained their ranking, as the third rankings were published today. In fact, there was only one change in the positions, with ASU P8 jumping to #6, and SJSU dropping to #7. The Lions will face Chapman tonight, and then #2 NAU and #7 SJSU next weekend to finish off the regular season.
The Lions came out strong in the first period, but were again stifled by a strong performance by the CSUF goalie. In the 2nd, Martins scored his first of three goals, on the power play. CSUF would tie it 1-1 with their own PP goal. Costin found the net on a rebound to take a 2-1 lead, and Martins added his 2nd of the game, again on the power play. CSUF added one late in the 2nd to make it a 3-2 game going into the third. The Lions came out strong in the third, as Ogani tucked home a rebound on a point shot. Martins would then finish his hattrick on a partial breakaway, and the scoring was finished off as Tracy found a rebound to put the Lions up 6-2, which was the final. The game was chippy throughout, as both Vitta and McCabe were ejected for fighting. The Lions secured a spot in the WCHC conference playoffs, and looking forward to their final two regular season weekends in order to make their 2nd consecutive regional tournament.
The Lions scored first, but with constant trips to the penalty box, fell to the Fullerton Titans on Thursday night. Fink would score first for the Lions in the 2nd period, on a rebound from a Kyle Martins shot. CSUF would answer with 2 goals by the end of the 2nd. In the third, Martins would tie the score on a shot from the half boards. CSUF finally scored on their 5th power play late in the thid to take a 3-2 lead. The Lions mounted pressure, and pulled the goalie, but were not able to tie the score. The two teams will face off again on Saturday night at Fullerton.
The Lions are in a position to control their own destiny in the 2nd semester. Currently sitting in a Conference Playoffs and Regionals ranking spot, the Lions have 5 regular season games left to make a statement. Facing CSUF twice, Chapman, #6 SJSU and #2 NAU to finish it off, the Lions, now healthy, are looking to push for a rise in the standings. The Lions will then travel to Arizona for the always tough WCHC playoffs, which will be the final games towards the final regional rankings. With 7 games to make a statement, the Lions will be coming hard, looking to move up to a better Regional spot, and looking to make some noise in their potentially 2nd trip to regionals in a row. First game is Thursday 1/15 at home vs. CSUF.
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.
Jan 30 vs. NAU
Jan 31 vs. SJSU
LMU 20 - Chapman 4
LMU 6 - CSUF 2
LMU 2 - CSUF 3