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The Lions cruised to an easy win against BYU at home on Thursday night. BYU would open the scoring early in the first on a power play goal, but LMU would quickly bounce back to lead 2-1 after the first, those goals came from Martins on the PP and Ogani on a breakaway. In the second the Lions would build a 7-3 lead, with goals from Hyman, Yoder, Tracy, Costin and his first as a Lion from Lawton. Spesak came up big when needed, and LMU closed out the game to win 7-4. Thanks to the fans who came out on the bus to cheer us on to victory!
The Lions came out strong looking for a redemption game, and it didn't take long to strike. Hyman scored in the first 10 seconds of the game, and the Lions didn't look back, winning 6-1 over SDSU and sweeping the season series. Hyman tallied two goals, as did Costin. Tracy and Martins notched the other two goals, with Max Williams and Nick Collins notching their first collegiate points. Taylor Spesak stood tall in net, coming up big when called upon. The Lions get back in the win column, and face a tough three game weekend next weekend.
The Lions headed south to face SDSU Aztecs on Friday night. SDSU would score the only goal of the first period, as Mata fluttered a shot over Spesaks shoulder to lead 1-0 after one. In the second, the Lions scored three quick goals, Tracy on a Power play, Costin on his own rebound, and Tracy shorthanded on a nice pass from Martins. SDSU would get the score to 3-2 late in the 2nd. In the third, the Lions would increase their lead to 4-2, as Ethan Fink beat the goalie top shelf on a 2 on 1. SDSU would score again, to make it 4-3 a few minutes later. Jack Hyman would follow suit, beat the goalie top glove side to give LMU a 5-3 lead. SDSU would make it interesting by sneaking one through Spesak late in the third, making the score 5-4. SDSU would pull their goalie, but LMU hung tough and won the game 5-4. These teams will face off again next Friday at LMU, but LMU will first face Fullerton on Thursday night on the road.
The Lions dropped an important game on Saturday evening against Long Beach. LMU scored first, with Brad Goodman chipping in a rebound for his first goal of the season. Long Beach would tie it shortly after on a breakaway. In the second, Trevor Tracy would tip in a point shot to give LMU a 2-1 lead. Again Long Beach would tie it. Shortly after, John Yoder would bury a rebound and give LMU their final lead of the game, as Long Beach would tie it shortly after. Late in the period, Long Beach would score 3 goals in 4 minutes, to take a 5-3 lead after the 2nd, and would tack on a 6th goal on the power play in the third. The Lions couldn't convert on their chances, and blew an important opportunity to get back in the win column. Next week LMU will travel to San Diego for an important game against SDSU on Friday evening.
The ACHA West first rankings have come out, and the Lions will start where they finished last season, ranked as the 9th best team in the West. After a great start, the Lions had a tough trip to Utah this past weekend, and that certainly factored heavily into the finish for the Lions. The team will have a month of games until the next rankings will come out, and plenty of opportunities to prove the Lions should move up in the rankings. In the next ranking period, LMU will face LBSU, SDSU, CSUF, CSUN, #4 Boise St, and #10 ASU P8.
The Lions finished the weekend against Weber State on Sunday. The night before, the Lions travelled north to take on Utah State, and USU ran away with the game. On Sunday, the Lions knew they'd need to play a smart game, with their third game of the weekend at hand and a short bench. The Lions would get up early, as freshman John Yoder tallied his first goal of the season. Weber would get up 2-1 late in the second, but Jack Hyman would get a breakaway pass from Matt Lorange and tuck it home. The third went back and forth, with the Lions generating tons of chances but not being able to finish. Weber would tuck home a rebound chance, and the Lions were not able to tie the game. LMU fell to 0-2-1 on the weekend, and need to regroup as they face LBSU at home on 11/1.
The Lions are keeping things straight, at least, with two back to back ties against teams from Utah. LMU travelled to Ogden, UT on Friday to take on Weber St. Weber got out to a hot start, using their home ice, and large crowd to jump to a 4-1 lead. The Lions didn't back down, scoring 3 2nd period goals to be down 5-4 after two. In the third Weber would score first to go up 6-4, and that held until 13 minutes left, when Kyle Martins tipped home a beautiful Trevor Tracy pass. With just over three minutes left Trey Thalmann held the blue line and while falled down fired a shot over the goalies shoulder to tie the game. The teams would provide a lot of back and forth chances the final 3 minutes and in OT, but the game would end in a 6-6 tie.
The Lions were facing one of their toughest weekends of the season, as they hosted two of the top 3 teams in the West, NAU and Utah. After a lackluster performance at home against NAU, in which the Lions lost 7-1, the team rebounded very well on Saturday against University of Utah. Utah, the team who knocked LMU out of regionals last season with a 2-1 victory, had just come off two blow out wins over USC. LMU would score first, as Trey Thalmann shot a puck wide, and the rebound bounced around to Hyman who put it home. The lead did not last long as the very next shift Utah got LMU running around in the D zone, and put one home from the slot. In the 2nd, LMU would take the lead as a good LMU forecheck turned the puck over and Trevor Tracy scored from the slot. Utah would tie it late in the third on a 2 on 1. The game would go to overtime, and neither team would score again, though Utah had a 4 on 3 powerplay, and LMU's Trevor Tracy had a breakaway in the final seconds of OT roll off his stick. This was the only regular season meeting between these teams. For the Lions Taylor Spesak stood tall stopping a multitude of good chances, stopping 27 Utah shots. The Lions now travel to Utah next weekend for three games versus Weber St and Utah St.
Nov 22 @ CSUN
Nov 23 vs. Boise St.
LMU 7 - BYU 4
LMU 6 - SDSU 1
LMU 4 - CSUF 6
LMU 5 - SDSU 4