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Aggies Win One, Lose in OT in Series with Patriots

By Aggie Hockey Team News, 11/12/17, 4:15PM CST

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The Texas A&M Aggies and Dallas Baptist Patriots met in Houston this weekend for a 2-game set at the Aerodrome. On Friday night, the Aggies started with a bang after going on the power-play and sophomore Taylor Pennell firing home a wicked wrister from the point for a 1-0 lead less than two minutes in. The Aggies then proceeded to find themselves in penalty trouble and Dallas Baptist would score three unanswered to close out the first period with a 3-1 lead. In the second, The Gary Russell Show continued for the Aggies as it has all season, with the captain scoring a natural hat-trick on three straight goals, with two assists coming from senior Calyn Clardy, and giving the Aggies back the lead at 4-3. In the final period of Friday’s tilt, junior Mark Oswald poked home the insurance goal on a scramble in front of the Patriots’ goal and the Aggies would take the victory, 5-3. Junior Christian Westerberg picked up his 8th win of the 2017-18 season.

The two cross-division TCHC rivals met again on Saturday night at the Aerodrome. The first period again saw the Aggies capitalize on the power play when senior Garrett Finn swept home a pass from senior Nick Early to put the maroon and white into an early lead. The Aggies again let off the gas pedal after gaining the goal, and by the time the second period was over, it was 3-1 Dallas Baptist. With excellent play from freshman goaltender Brydon Gillilan, the Aggies held on long enough for Gary Russell to light the lamp with three minutes left in the game to put the Aggies to within one. And then, for the second time this year, the Aggies tied the game with less than 20 seconds to go from a Calyn Clardy slapshot that found twine. But, a momentary lapse in defensive zone coverage would end up costing the Aggies both standings points as Dallas Baptist fired the winning shot past Gillilan with a little over a minute remaining in overtime.

The Aggies will now take to the state of Utah starting this Thursday to play against Weber State, Brigham Young, Boise State, and Colorado-Boulder in a 4-game road trip that will conclude Sunday afternoon.