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The Lions were facing one of their toughest weekends of the season, as they hosted two of the top 3 teams in the West, NAU and Utah. After a lackluster performance at home against NAU, in which the Lions lost 7-1, the team rebounded very well on Saturday against University of Utah. Utah, the team who knocked LMU out of regionals last season with a 2-1 victory, had just come off two blow out wins over USC. LMU would score first, as Trey Thalmann shot a puck wide, and the rebound bounced around to Hyman who put it home. The lead did not last long as the very next shift Utah got LMU running around in the D zone, and put one home from the slot. In the 2nd, LMU would take the lead as a good LMU forecheck turned the puck over and Trevor Tracy scored from the slot. Utah would tie it late in the third on a 2 on 1. The game would go to overtime, and neither team would score again, though Utah had a 4 on 3 powerplay, and LMU's Trevor Tracy had a breakaway in the final seconds of OT roll off his stick. This was the only regular season meeting between these teams. For the Lions Taylor Spesak stood tall stopping a multitude of good chances, stopping 27 Utah shots. The Lions now travel to Utah next weekend for three games versus Weber St and Utah St.
The Lions scored first, with Trevor Tracy walking down the slot and beating the LBSU goalie over the glove. LMU would never trail in the game, though it would be tied 1-1 and 3-3. After LBSU tied the game, Kyle Martins would score a power play goal on a nice pass from Trey Thalmann. Early in the second Archie Ogani would score a powerplay goal of his own, to give LMU a 3-1 lead. LBSU would cut it by 1 late in the second, and early in the third would tie the game at 3. LMU's top scoring line answered back shortly after as Fink netted his second of the game on a nice pass from Martins and Costin. LMU would be unable to capitalize on a number of great chances in the third, but was able to hold back LBSU down the stretch, including killing two penalties in the final 6 minutes to win the game 4-3. LMU moves to 4-0 on the season, but has an incredibly tough weekend as two top 5 teams will visit, NAU and Utah.
The Lions scored 11 minutes into the game and never looked back, beating Texas A&M 6-2 on Thursday night. The Aggies and Lions have been battling each other the past three years looking for the same rankings spot, but the Lions had A&M's number tonight, their only meeting of the year. Kyle Martins and Ethan Fink each had two goals, with Matthew Lorange and Jack Hyman picking up one a piece. Taylor Spesak stood tall in net when called upon, and made some key saves to keep LMU with a comfortable lead. The Lions move to 3-0 on the early season, and have another tough match up tomorrow night at Long Beach State, puck drop at 10:10 PM.
The Lions packed the rink again for another home opening game vs. USC. With the stands packed, and Iggy the Lion ready for action, the teams took to the ice. After a ceremonial puck drop honoring Dale Marini, who recently retired after 40+ years as an LMU Admissions counselor, the game was underway. USC came out strong, pushing the pace early in the game. LMU would withold the pressure, and strike first as Kyle Martins slammed home a rebound on a Ethan Fink shot, and the Lions led 1-0 at the break. The second period would see the same line score, this time Fink took a pass from Martins, spun to the top of the circle and fired a laser to score a power play goal, 2-0 LMU after 2. The Lions would strike again to take a 3-0 lead early in the third, as Parker Costin battled hard in front of the net, and put home a rebound. Each member of that line picked up a goal, and 2 assists. USC would keep battling, and their improved offense and defense pushed the puck up the ice late. They would score with 12 minutes left, and twice with under a minute left to tie the game. The raucus crowd had been subdued by the sudden USC comeback. With only thirty seconds to play, the puck was stuck in the LMU zone, and overtime looked likely. Matt Lorange tossed the puck up to Ogani, who sent it across the ice to a streaking Jack Hyman, who fired a slap shot past the USC goalie with only three seconds remaining, securing the sudden victory for LMU. The Lions swept the weekend and season series, and have retained the Century Cup for the 3rd straight year. Check out the picutres of the game in the gallery section, and thank you to all the fans who packed the rink to cheer us to victory!
Oct 24 @ Weber
Oct 25 @ Utah State
Oct 26 @ Weber
LMU 2 - Utah 2
LMU 4 - LBSU 3
LMU 6 - Texas A&M 2