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Ags Throttle UNT, Beat Loyola, Run Win Streak to Five Before Regular Season Finale

By Aggie Hockey News, 01/28/19, 8:30AM CST


This weekend, with three home games on tap for the maroon and white, they did not disappoint. With a combined score of 47-2 in those three games, A&M has seemed to hit their stride right before playoffs. Friday night’s tilt had the Ags facing the University of North Texas Mean Green. From the moment the puck dropped, The Aggies were all over UNT. Scoring eleven in the first, five in the second, and four in the third period enroute to a 20-1 beat-down of the boys from Denton. Goals would be scored by seniors Gary Russell (x3) and Nick Early, juniors Huston Svondrk and Brandon Steele (x3), sophomores Jarrett Taylor (x2) and Justin Rueve (x3), and freshmen Adam Pipe (x3), Hank Rooney, Chris Wyse, and George Colts-Tegg (x2). Junior Christian Westerberg would only allow one goal for the Mean Green.

Saturday saw more of the same from A&M’s offense as they continued to score, score, and score some more. This contest would end 22-0 in favor of the Aggies as goals would come from seniors Kaleb Croft (x3), Colin Mills, Gary Russell, juniors Huston Svondrk, Christian Speer, Brandon Steele sophomores Jarrett Taylor, Justin Rueve, Colin Butler (x2), and freshmen Adam Pipe (x2), Hank Rooney, Kyle Mills (x5), and George Colts-Tegg (x2). Sophomore Brydon Gillilan would only allow one goal for the Mean Green.

Sunday saw a much different game played in Spirit Ice Arena. The Lions of Loyola-Marymount came into town after a series split with the Longhorns in Austin and the intensity was way above the past two nights. In the first, A&M would dominate possession, but big saves from the Lions goaltender and six different posts/crossbars kept the game tied at zero into the first intermission. It was not until halfway through the game that the deadlock would be broken by Russell, on a deflected Justin Rueve shot to give the Aggies a lead. It was short-lived, however, as Loyola-Marymount would catch the A&M defense off-guard for a breakaway goal to tie the game with 8 minutes left in the second. With only 13 seconds left before the second break, Steele would rip home his sixth goal in four games before the Lions keeper could even react to bring the lead and momentum back to the Aggie locker room. For the final period of the weekend, Hank Rooney would put two incredible solo efforts into the net to seal the Aggie win, 4-1. Freshman Joseph Reynolds would earn the third win of the weekend between the pipes.

Next weekend, A&M will face rival University of Texas in the regular season series finale with an away game at 8:45 in Austin at Chapparal Ice on Friday, then Senior Night on Saturday night at 7:30 versus the Longhorns. Senior Night will honor Kaleb Croft, Nick Early, Garrett Finn and Colin Mills in their last home game.