2012 - 2013 Award Winners...
By Tony Girard, Team President
The Texas A&M Ice Hockey Team would like to congradulate the team's graduating seniors for all they have done for the program over the past years. These seniors have helped build a solid foundation for the A&M program and an excellent reputation.
With that being said, the idividual season awards are:
Offensive MVP: Anthony Rapesak
Defensive MVP: Tony Girard
Most Goals: Chris Turner
Most Assists: Michael Zahner
Most Points: Peter Galasso
Sportsmanship Award: Anthony Rapesak
We are looking forward to a great 2013-2014 season.
By Aggie Hockey Team News
The Texas A&M Ice Hockey Team has made the ACHA Division II West Region Playoffs three out of the last four years. Congratulations to the coaches, players, and fans.
Aggies Fall to Rams in Playoffs...
By Tina Robinson
Over the weekend, the Fightiní Texas Aggie Ice Hockey Team traveled to a snowy Salt Lake City, Utah to play in the 2013 ACHA Menís Division II West Regional Playoffs. Securing wins in the final few weeks of the regular season against the University of North Texas, University of Texas, and Texas Tech, A&M earned a ranking of #10 in the West, which solidified a spot in the regional tournament. Their opponent, #3 Colorado State University Rams, was 18-14-3 on the season and the highest seeded team in the tournament (#1 Utah State and #2 Arizona State were automatically given spots at Nationals). The last time the Aggies and the Rams met back in January, the Rams defeated A&M 7-1.
The Rams scored early in the first period, but A&M kept their composure and stayed focused. After failing to produce a goal on a power play a little under halfway through the period, #24 Chris Murray went top shelf on the Ramís goaltender to even the score. His goal was assisted by #9 Peter Galasso. Galasso led the team during the regular season with 47 points, followed closely by Murray with 45 points, so it was no surprise that the two were able to produce the first goal for the Aggies. Unfortunately an interference call on A&M would lead to a power play goal for the Rams and leave the score for the first period at 2-1.
No goals were scored in the second period, but both teams were given several power play opportunities that made for a few nail-biting moments. The Aggies would get their best chance to even the score with five minutes left in the period. As tensions rose and some after-the-whistle shoving occurred, matching penalties were assessed to make it four-on-four. Moments later a high-stick on the Rams gave A&M the man-advantage. In the end, however A&M went 0/5 on the power play throughout the game.
Entering the third period, the Aggies seemed determined to even the score and fought hard even though it was clear that fatigue was setting in for both teams. Driving hard to the net, #21 Michael Zahner did just that with 14:15 remaining in the game. With the game tied 2-2, the Rams and Aggies did their best to play mistake-free hockey as neither team wanted to go home. Ultimately the Rams regained the lead with under three minutes left as a puck went off the post and into the Aggie net. The Rams would get another empty net goal in the dying moments of the game to make the final score 4-2.
Even though it was a heart-breaking loss for the Aggies, they still showed that as the lowest seeded team in the tournament they could skate with the best. Throughout the first two periods of play, the Aggies matched the Rams in shots on goal and at no time appeared to be outskated. The guys represented their university and state in a game that made those of us back in College Station proud to be fans of Texas A&M ice hockey.