This past Saturday, Game 1 of the 2018-19 Aggie Hockey season at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter - Richardson happened in record fashion. Not only did five Aggies find their name on the scoresheet for the first time in their ACHA careers, Freshman Hank Rooney recorded his first ACHA career hat trick. The first period saw SMU run strong out of the gate, as the Aggies seemed a little off-guard. Junior Jack Greer would open the scoring of the new campaign on a backdoor pass from Junior Huston Svondrk, closing out the first period with penalty after penalty, but not before Senior Captain Gary Russell would find the net to put the Aggies ahead 2-0.
In the second period, the first career goal for Sophomore Hunter Gurley found the net along with more ACHA firsts for Freshman Kyle Mills and Hank Rooney. Sophomore Colin Butler would also find twine before the buzzer along with Rooney’s second goal of the game. In the final stanza of Saturday evening, Freshman Joseph Reynolds took over for his ACHA goaltending debut, relieving Senior Christian Westerberg after two solid periods. SMU would then proceed to break the joint shutout bid, but another ACHA first, this time from Freshman Adam Pipe, would quickly follow along with a Svondrk tally and the third of Rooney’s first career hat trick.
Game 2 of the weekend was a Saturday matinee that saw the Aggies start out slow. Adam Pipe and Colin Butler would notch goals for A&M, but the Mustangs would fight back to tie the period with less than a minute left as penalties slowed the Aggie attack and allowed SMU to take advantage. In the second period, the Aggies would continue their scoring ways as Adam Pipe, Hank Rooney, Colin Butler, Huston Svondrk and Senior Andrew Monhollen would beat the SMU goalkeeper while the Mustangs could only muster one of their own. The Ags would take the lead into the locker room after two, 7-3.
The third period would see the Aggies double their goal total along with a shutout period from Sophomore Brydon Gillilan. The career first from Freshman Chris Wyse along with goals from Russell, Sophomore Jaren Panick, and Svondrk would pad the lead before Freshman Kyle Mills scored three of his own to add a natural hat trick to an impressive Aggie third period.
This Friday, A&M will look to play rival University of Texas Longhorns in a home-and-home series with Friday taking place in College Station at Spirit Ice Arena and Saturday at Chaparral Ice in Austin. The teams faced off four times last year, with a split series involving each team winning a game at home and on the road. The final score for all for games came out to an even 17-17 tie. We hope to pack Spirit Ice Arena on Friday night as we have in years past and BTHO tu!