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Winning Streak Runs to 7 as Aggies Down Horns Twice

By Aggie Hockey News, 02/03/19, 4:30PM CST


Texas A&M has seemed to found their best game at the right time with playoffs approaching this week. The Aggies have now won seven straight games with 6 of those against TCHC opponents. This weekend, it came against a longtime rival. On Friday, A&M drove past enemy lines to the capital city to face the Longhorns on their senior night. After almost the entire first period passed without any scoring, junior Brandon Steele would score his 7th goal in 5 games to break the deadlock in favor of the maroon and white. Steele would stuff home a rebound of a freshman Hank Rooney deflected shot originally from junior Jack Greer. 70 seconds later, on the penalty kill, senior Gary Russell would benefit from a patient junior Huston Svondrk play from behind the Longhorn net to put the Ags up two into the intermission. In the second period, the Aggies would bend not break for much of the period as the Longhorns came out with energy that would take some time to match. That is until Russell would score his second of the night on a shot that had eyes for the bottom right corner from the blue line on the power play. The shutout bid would be broken later in the period as Texas would score on a breakaway. In the third, the Horns once again came out strong, this time with a goal coming only 25 seconds into the period. With the deficit now 1, freshman Joseph Reynolds would stand tall for the Aggies. Making miraculous save after breathtaking stop, he kept A&M ahead. His efforts would not go unnoticed or unrewarded, as sophomore Justin Rueve would score late in the period on a backdoor pass from senior John Finn. Reynolds would make 54 saves in the win.

On Saturday, in front of a Spirit Ice Arena crowd that had sold out the game the morning of, the Aggies would complete the weekend sweep. The ever-important first goal would belong to Texas, however, as they would score on the face-off immediately following an A&M penalty. The lead would only last just over a minute as Russell would pot his third goal of the weekend again from the blue line on the power play. After the first period, the team honored the four graduating seniors and their parents on the ice. These seniors are Kaleb Croft (Nutritional Sciences), Nick Early (Biomedical Sciences), Garrett Finn (Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology), and Colin Mills (Supply Chain Management). For the second period, Texas would grab the lead four minutes in after a bouncing puck got past the A&M defense for a 2-on-1 rebound goal. Svondrk would bring the Aggies level on a power play goal after a bad change by Texas lead to a 3-on-1 rebounded shot from sophomore Jaren Panick. The lead would finally come to the maroon and white after freshman Kyle Mills collected the puck along the boards in the Texas zone and out-waited the goaltender who had dove to the ice as Mills roofed home a shot to put the Farmers up 3-2. A&M would not come close to losing this lead in the third period. Only 17 seconds into the final period of the regular season, Panick would jump on a loose puck behind the Horns netminder for a 4-2 lead. Finn would be the next to get in on the scoring, on Senior Night, as he would collect a Svondrk drop pass, deke a defender, and beat the goaltender to his left side for a 5-2 advantage. Next, who else but Russell scoring his second of the night coming from the corner to sneak one short side. After Texas would pull back to within three and pull the goalie. Freshman Chris Wyse would lay off an empty net chance for Early to put the nail in the coffin on Senior Night. Reynolds would collect the win for A&M between the pipes, stopping 21-of-24.

Texas A&M finished the regular season as the second place team in the TCHC South Division and will now head to Mansfield on Thursday to face off against the same Longhorns at 7 PM. The winner will move on to play Dallas Baptist on Friday, with a trip to the championship game on the line. Aggies finished the regular season with a 17-11-3 record.