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Aggies, Longhorns Split Series, Each Winning on the Road

By Aggie Hockey News, 09/24/18, 4:00PM CDT


The first installment of the 2018-19 edition of the Aggies-Longhorns rivalry on ice included two physical and competitive match-ups. On Friday, the teams met for the first of four scheduled regular season games. A&M started slow in the first period, and it showed, as the Longhorns would score near the midway point and take a 1-0 lead into the dressing rooms. The Aggies would come out for the second firing on all cylinders, racking up 17 shots on goal. Freshman Adam Pipe would score on a power play five minutes into the period. However, defensive miscues would pile up for the maroon and white, as Texas would score on a breakaway and the teams would return to intermission with a 2-1 game left to be decided. After 4 minutes passed in the third, Texas would again score to go up 3-1 but sophomore Jaren Panick would eventually find a loose puck in the slot halfway through the final period and sweep it home for the Aggies to bring it back to a one-goal game. Again, defensive shortcomings would allow the Longhorns to add a breakaway and empty-net goal to close the game out, 5-2 and hand the Aggies their first loss of the season. Senior Christian Westerberg would stop 20 of 24 shots and move to 1-1 on the year.

Saturday night, the teams met again in Austin for the second showdown of the home-and-home series. Unlike the first game, the Aggies would score first after an effort play from junior Brandon Steele led to a loose puck for senior Garrett Finn to drive home just two minutes into the game. Texas would cash in on a power play later in the period and reset the A&M lead, 1-1. Both teams would score in the second period, with Texas opening the scoring in the frame but sophomore Colin Butler once again would draw the game to a deadlock, 2-2. Marred by penalties for both teams through the third period, Adam Pipe would eventually find twine for the second time in the series and pull the Aggies ahead, 3-2. Both teams fought hard, the Aggies to maintain a lead, the Longhorns to equalize again, until with four minutes left in regulation, a Texas slap shot would deflect off the glove of freshman Joseph Reynolds and dribble over the red line for the third deadlock of the night. Neither team would score in overtime, as the game would go to a shootout. With A&M shooting first, Adam Pipe would miss the net over the crossbar and Reynolds would slam the door shut with the right pad to keep the first frame scoreless. In the second round, senior Andrew Monhollen would find the net shooting through the five-hole and Reynolds would again keep Texas out of the net with his blocker. After Hank Rooney’s third round attempt would be unsuccessful, Reynolds would stop Texas one more time to secure the 4-3 win for the Aggies. He would make, in total, 35 saves on 38 shots to pick up his second win of the year.

The Aggies will now have an off week before traveling to Boise, Idaho on October 3rd to take part in the Boise State Showcase hosted by the Boise State Broncos. The Aggies will take on Weber State, Utah State, Boise State, and San Diego State in a four game set from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning.