Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference South Division rivals Texas A&M and Texas State butted heads this weekend in both College Station and Austin as they continue the home-and-home series tradition. On Friday, the Aggies took to home ice for the first time in over a month and took control right off the opening face-off. Senior captain Gary Russell continues to excel in a maroon and white sweater as he would start the scoring less than three minutes into the game after a succulent pass from junior Huston Svondrk from behind the Bobcat goal. Two face-offs later, Russell would then proceed to flip a Texas State player into his own bench on a solid body check. As the fifth minute of play passed, sophomore Justin Rueve would find senior Nick Early wide open in the high slot for his third goal in two games to increase the Aggie lead. Texas State would cut the lead in half, but an immediate response from Russell for his second of the night would have the Aggies up 3-1 into the first intermission. After a Texas State penalty to open the second period, Russell would complete the hat trick with a seeing eye- shot from the top of the right circle. Texas State would cut the lead in half once more, but a bad turnover in their own zone would lead to junior Jack Greer putting home the second shorthanded goal for the Aggies this season to give them a three-goal lead to end the second period. Junior Taylor Pennell would then score a highlight reel goal for A&M to increase their lead, taking flight to grab the puck out of mid-air, skating to the middle of the Bobcat zone, and putting a wrist shot top corner. Freshman points leader Adam Pipe, would top off the scoring for the Aggies, ringing one off the pipe and in to see the Aggies win 7-2. Junior Christian Westerberg would earn his second win of the season.
On Saturday, the Aggies took to the road once again in Austin to take on the Bobcats at The Pond Hockey Club, where the offense continued its scoring ways. In the first period, A&M amassed 34 shots on goal, but only sophomore Jaren Panick could solve the Texas State defense and the game would go into first intermission tied 1-1. However, A&M would blow the game open in the second period starting with Svondrk and Russell tallying a goal apiece, a power play goal from senior John Finn, a short-handed score from Early, and beautiful plays from freshmen Kyle Mills and Hank Rooney would send the Aggies into the locker room up 7-1. In the third, Rooney would complete his second hat trick of the season, while Pipe, Svondrk, and Finn would pad the advantage to the tune of a 12-2 A&M win. The win bring the Aggies to four straight wins and freshman Joseph Reynolds would earn his fourth of the 2018-19 campaign.
Texas A&M will enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend off to spend with family and friends, then take to the road once more for the final games of the semester against East Texas Baptist University from the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, LA on November 30th and December 1st. The Aggies and Tigers split the series last year during the season opening weekend for both teams. East Texas is in their first year of play for the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference, joining the North Division in place of Texas Tech, who folded their program last year.