Texas A&M Hockey headed south on Highway 6 this weekend to take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at the Aerodrome as part of the highest level of hockey to take place in Houston in 2018. Friday night started a bit slow for both teams until the Aggies would strike twice in the final ten minutes as sophomores Colin Butler and Jaren Panick would find the net to put the Aggies up, 2-0. In the second period, it was all A&M as they would total up 44 shots between the first two frames but only find the net once as Panick would get his second of the night off a sweet feed from sophomore Justin Rueve. In the final frame, the penalties would rack up as both teams would get a little chippy. Both junior Taylor Pennell and senior Nick Early would be given game misconducts for separate altercations, but that would not stop Panick from securing his first hat trick in his ACHA career followed up by an insurance goal by senor captain Gary Russell to finish off a 5-0 win. Freshman Joseph Reynolds would stop only 9 shots to secure his first shutout of his young ACHA career.
On Saturday, the two teams locked up again, but A&M’s offense would start early and never look back on route to a 12-1 rout. The scoring would start in the first period as freshman Hank Rooney would score twice on rebounds with sophomore Jarrett Taylor scoring between the two goals to put the Ags up 3-0 after one. In the middle frame, Rueve would score in the first five minutes, but shortly afterward TCU would break the scoring drought off a bad bounce behind sophomore goalie Brydon Gillilan. A&M would respond with goals from Butler and junior Huston Svondrk to go into the locker room for the last intermission of the weekend, leading 6-1. In the final period, the maroon and white would score six times in the final ten minutes with goals from seniors Kyle Mills and Kaleb Croft, Butler, Russell, and two from Early to bring the final score to 12-1. Gillilan would stop 11-of-12 for his first win of the season.
A&M will have the next two weekends off before squaring off with the Texas State Bobcats in a home-and-home series at Spirit Ice Arena on Friday, November 16th and The Pond in Austin on Saturday, November 17th. The Aggies went 4-0 last year against the Bobcats last season with Gillilan and senior Christian Westerberg both earning 2 wins each.