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A&M Goes Winless in Boise Despite Strong Goaltending

By Aggie Hockey News, 10/09/18, 1:00PM CDT

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The Aggies began their weekend in Boise on Thursday playing against the hosts, Boise State Broncos. Before puck drop, the Broncos held a special moment of silence for Buddy Dale, a player who passed away over the previous summer. The Aggies send their well wishes to his family and the entire Boise State Hockey Club. As the game began, Boise took an early 2-0 lead but freshman Chris Wyse would cut the deficit in half with a short-side snipe over the shoulder of the Boise State goaltender to end the period at 2-1. Again, the second saw Boise State score two early as the Aggies began to get into penalty trouble, but two goals less than thirty seconds apart from senior Garrett Finn and junior Taylor Pennell would put the Aggies again only one goal behind. However, it wasn’t meant to be for the Aggies to spoil the season opener for the Broncos as they would net 4 third-period goals to take the game, 8-3. Senior Christian Westerberg held the Aggies in as much as he could from the crease, but defensive miscues and penalties marred the Aggies.

On Friday, the Aggies took the ice against Weber State, the alma mater of A&M Head Coach Sean Boyle. The maroon and white came out sloppy in the first as the Wildcats took the first intermission with a lead, 2-0. It wasn’t until after Weber took a 4-0 lead on two power play goals that senior Gary Russell and freshman Adam Pipe would find the net for the Aggies to cut the deficit in half. However, Weber would score again before the second period ended to take the lead, 5-2. In the third, A&M got an early goal from Russell and dominated play until an empty net goal from Weber State sealed the deal as the Aggies fell, 6-3. Freshman Joseph Reynolds played well in net, but would have his record fall to 2-1.

For game 3 on Friday, A&M would face-off against mascot-sharing opponent Utah State University in the game dubbed “Aggie Bowl in Boise.” A&M was being outplayed early, but that didn’t stop Reynolds from shining in the game, saving everything from penalty kills to breakaway attempts. The first lead of the weekend would come for the Texas Aggies as sophomore Colin Butler would redirect a Russell shot from the point on a 5-on-3 power play and help the Aggies to a 1-0 lead after one. In the second, A&M would get sloppy again defensively as Utah State would sneak 2 quick ones behind Reynolds to take a 2-1 lead. After a desperate third period for a win-hungry A&M team, including a stint of 6-on-3 hockey, chances were not cashed in as the Aggies would lose for the third time in the weekend, 2-1.

In the final game of the road trip to The Gem State, A&M would have an early morning showdown with first-year program, University of Mary out of North Dakota. The Marauders have put together an impressive season so far, having gone undefeated. This would continue for them on Sunday as they blanked the Aggies 4-0. A&M had their chances, but again could not cash in as Westerberg would have his most impressive outing of the season against the unbeaten Marauders.

The maroon and white now sit at 3-5-0 as they come back to the Lone Star State to defend home ice against the University of Texas-El Paso Miners this weekend. A&M will look to avenge their postseason defeat at the hands of the Miners last season this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 at Spirit Ice Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $7.50 for students. Friday, A&M will also be hosting Fish Camp Night. Details on this promotion are to follow on the team social media pages.