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A&M Heads to Evergreen State; Split Series with University of Washington Huskies

By Aggie Hockey Team News, 01/09/18, 8:00PM CST


On Saturday, the Aggies took the ice in Seattle, Washington in an ACHA Division II West Region match-up against the Washington University Huskies. The scoring began rather swiftly, as Gary Russell took the first shot of the game only 30 seconds into play and scored to put the Aggies ahead 1-0. Before the first period could come to a close, however, Washington would tie the game with a power play goal. The second period would start with the teams trading goals again, with the Huskies taking the lead before Jarrett Taylor fired home a power play goal for the Aggies to knot it up at 2. But the turnover bug would bite A&M hard for the rest of the period as mistakes would pile up and Washington would cash in 3 more times to have a 5-2 lead going into the third. The Aggies again would show signs of life in the final stanza as Gary Russell would score twice and complete a hat trick to bring the Aggies within 1, but two goals in 32 seconds would seal the deal for the home team, 7-4. Forward Jaren Panick would play his first career ACHA game for the Aggies, returning from a lower-body injury he picked up at the end of his last season. Christian Westerberg stopped 27-of-34 and dropped his record to eight wins and four losses.

As the clock nearly struck midnight in Texas, the puck dropped in Seattle on Monday night for round two of Huskies-Aggies. This one began as an almost mirror-image of the first game, as Gary Russell would again score in the first minute of the game. Then, the Aggies would force a turnover in the Washington zone and Huston Svondrk would completely fool the net minder to put the maroon and white ahead 2-0 less than three minutes into the game. Just as it seemed the Aggies were going to take control, Washington picked off a breakout pass at the Aggie blueline and found a lagging forward behind the defense to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. The scoring wasn’t over in the first period as Brandon Steele hit Jarrett Taylor with a perfect pass to put him on a breakaway and he made no mistake to put the Ags up 3-1, however, Washington would again score two goals in rapid succession, and the first period would end tied 3-3. Just as it looked like the game would turn into a shootout, missed special teams chances and superb goaltending on both ends saw the next 20 minutes go by without a team gaining a lead on the scoreboard. In the sixth period between the teams, A&M would get offense from the defense as Kaleb Croft and Andrew Monhollen both found the net to restore a two-goal lead, 5-3. Jarrett Taylor would then put in some next-level effort as he faked both a Husky defender and the goaltender for a highlight-reel goal to put goal number six on the board for the Aggies. Washington would try to climb back into the game with a goal of their own, but Gary Russell would silence the uprising with a power-play goal from the top of the right circle and the Aggies would see the final seconds tick off the clock with a 7-4 win. Brydon Gillilan turned away 20 of the 24 shots he faced to earn his sixth victory of the season.

Next up, the Aggies will travel to Los Angeles for four games in four days against California State University – Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, and two against California State University – Northridge.