This past weekend, The Aggies hosted the University of Texas – El Paso Miners for a two-game set at Spirit Ice Arena. On Friday, The first period was full of action as both teams came close until the Aggies broke the stalemate 8 minutes in with a Mark Oswald goal set up perfectly by Huston Svondrk and Kaleb Croft. The Aggies continued to press and it paid off with a Jarrett Taylor unassisted goal followed by Huston Svondrk scoring on an odd-man rush with Colin Butler. The Miners would then get one back as the first period drew to a close. The 3-1 lead held in the Aggies favor until John Finn and Huston Svondrk capped off a 5-1 win with goals in the third period. Brydon Gillilan and Christian Westerberg combined to make 16 saves in the win.
Game 2 of the weekend was played in Houston at the Sugar Land Ice Center. The Aggies started slow and paid the price as UTEP scored the lone goal of the first period. A&M would then come out firing on all cylinders in the second, but couldn’t solve the UTEP defense until Jarrett Taylor scored a power play goal with 5 minutes left in the second. The Aggies ended the second period in a bit of penalty trouble that carried over into the third period, and the Miners capitalized on it 55 seconds in. The Aggies would then tie the game with a laser from the blue line courtesy of Taylor Pennell, and after that take firm control with goals from Garrett Finn, Jarret Taylor, and Huston Svondrk to finish off the weekend sweep of UTEP, 5-2. Christian Westerberg again stood tall for an Aggie W, stopping 10 shots.
A&M then returned to Spirit Ice Arena to host Northwestern University Wildcats of Evanston, Illinois for a Sunday morning matinee, and from the beginning it was all A&M. The game started with Michael Pennell’s second goal of the weekend only 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the game. The home team then scored again as Nick Early used some beautiful stick work to weave through the Wildcat defense and collect his first goal of the season. The Aggies would collect one more Huston Svondrk goal before the end of the first period. As the second period went along, A&M put two more on the scoreboard thanks to Gary Russell and Andrew Monhollen, who both collected their first goals of the season. Christian Westerberg shut down the Northwestern offense, stopping all 22 shots he faced to collect his first shutout in an A&M sweater.