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DBU Takes Both Games in Dallas, Aggies Gear Up for TCU in Houston

By Aggie Hockey News, 10/22/18, 10:00PM CDT

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A&M continued the 2018-19 campaign with a road series in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex this past weekend, taking on the Patriots of Dallas Baptist University. On Friday, the two teams met at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter in Valley Ranch. The Patriots would take the lead first, but almost immediately after, sophomore Jarrett Taylor would find sophomore Jaren Panick behind the DBU defense for a breakaway goal to even the score after the first period. In the second, the Aggies would pour it on offensively in both shots and chances, but could not cash in as DBU would score twice to go up 3-1 after two. In the third, a monstrous offensive effort from A&M would see sophomore Colin Butler tip home a shot from freshman defenseman Peter McElaney halfway through the frame. Then, with less than three minutes remaining, freshman Adam Pipe would find the equalizer to send the game to overtime with a sweet feed from junior Huston Svondrk. However, a costly penalty right before the end of regulation would carry over and DBU would cash in on the offensive momentum they had to win the game, 4-3.  Christian Westerberg would make 26 saves in goal for the Aggies.

On Saturday, the two teams met again on the dyed pink ice of Allen Event Center as part of the opening night festivities for the ECHL Allen Americans. The Aggies would score first as junior Jack Greer called his own number and wove through the Patriot defense to begin the scoring. But, DBU would score before the end of the frame to knot the game once again. The second would begin with DBU taking the lead but the Aggies would regain the advantage with goals from Svondrk and Panick, but defensive breakdowns would doom the Aggies as they allowed 3 DBU goals in 42 seconds to close out the frame, with a 5-3 DBU advantage. A&M would climb back to within one after Butler swept home a rebound on the power play, but it was short-lived as DBU would put the deficit back to 2 and add an empty net tally in the final 2 minutes to take a 7-4 lead. A&M would get a goal in garbage time as Taylor would find room on the outside to go hard to the net and score the last goal of the game that would see DBU complete the series sweep, 7-5. Westerberg would stop 22 over the first two periods and then freshman Joseph Reynolds would make 6 saves in third period relief.

The maroon and white will welcome the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs next weekend in Houston at the Aerodrome. This will be the second time the two teams have met in Houston as the Aggies swept the Horned Frogs in 2016. Tickets are now on sale at the Aerodrome Pro Shop as both games will drop the puck at 7:30! Sophomore Brydon Gillilan will look to make his first start of the year on Friday.