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Aggies Drop Both Games to Horns, Look to Postseason Weekend

By Aggie Hockey Team News, 02/04/18, 7:30PM CST

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The end of the season slump continues for the Aggies as this past weekend they took on the University of Texas Longhorns in a home-and-home series. On Friday night, the showdown in the Lone Star State’s capital almost immediately shifted in the Aggies’ favor. They would find the only goal of the first frame as Jack Greer would find the five-hole open and stuff the puck home. In the second period, Texas would find the net three times in a row to put the Aggies behind 3-1, until Ross Roberts came off the bench and immediately found the net to keep the Aggies within one for the second intermission. It would take almost ten minutes of no scoring before the Longhorns would find the net, but an immediate answer from Jack Greer would keep the Aggies within striking distance at 4-3. An Aggie penalty would bring doom shortly after as Texas would score on the ensuing power play. Jaren Panick would then make things interesting, scoring with 1:10 left in the game. Aggies would push hard for an equalizer, but Texas would score an empty-netter at the buzzer to end the game, 6-4.

Saturday night, the rivalry shifted to College Station in front of a sold-out Spirit Ice Arena crowd of over 1,200. The night was special for two A&M seniors playing their final home games of their ACHA careers, Ross Roberts and Gavin Wilkinson. Again the Aggies would come out with full pressure and it would pay off as Gary Russell would get his 100th point in an A&M sweater with a goal. A&M would then make a few costly mistakes and turnovers that lead to three straight goals for the Longhorns. Some adjustments for the Aggies in the first intermission would pay off as the Senior Night stars would connect to bring the Aggies within one, Gavin Wilkinson to Ross Roberts. Gary Russell would then secure his 101st point as his shot deflected off a Longhorn defender and dropped in the net to even the game at 3. 20 seconds later, Longhorns would score again to retake the lead, but nine seconds after that, a Nick Early pass would deflect off Garrett Finn and float over the Longhorn net minder and just like that, it was 4-4 into the second intermission. The third period would then see two Longhorn goals and a lot of close chances for the Aggies, and game two would also end 6-4 in the favor of UT. 

Aggies end the regular season dropping to third place in TCHC’s South division and will take on the University of Texas – El Paso Miners on Thursday night at 7:30 in Austin for the first round of TCHC playoffs. Winner will play the University of Texas on Friday at 4 PM and the winner of that game will play the North division champion on Saturday for the TCHC Championship at 4 PM.