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Though the scoreboard ended tilting the wrong direction, the Lions had a good tune up game for the season against a strong LBSU team. These two teams have been neck and neck the past few seasons, so this preseason game was a good way to judge the new talent on each team. The Lions would score first, as Ethan Fink skated the puck in wide and center a pass that Parker Costin netted. Costin would score again to make it 2-0 halfway through the 2nd. Senior goalie Taylor Spesak would swap with freshman Jake Blazier, leading 2-0. A few early season defensive lapses would lead to three unanswered goals from Long Beach. The Lions would answer back, and Ethan Fink rifled one past the Long Beach goalie from the high slot. With a few minutes to go, the Lions killer Hoang put one top shelf, and the game was finished with an empty net goal, leaving the Lions with a 5-3 loss. It turned out to be a great experience to play at Staples Center, and a good learning tool for the Lions who rolled 5 lines all night long. The regular season begins next Thursday as the Lions travel to USC, and open the home schedule on Friday vs. USC.
The Loyolan ran an article on the team and their upcoming first games of the season, give it a read HERE!
The team has announced the captain and assistants for the 2014-2015 ACHA season. Senior, Jack Hyman, will return as captain for his second season. The new assistant captains this year will be Senior defenseman, Matthew Lorange and Junior forward Kyle Martins. Lorange and Martins have emerged as early leaders on and off the ice, as the Lions look to improve on their best season to date, and looking for a second regionals bid in a row. The team has a preseason game Thursday, September 25 at Staples Center, then opens their regular season on October 2nd at USC.
The Los Angeles Kings have scheduled a "College Series" this season, pitting some of the top LA college hockey teams against each other after Kings home games, in order to promote the college hockey in the area. The Lions are proud to participate in the College Series, and this year will face off against Long Beach State on September 25th in a pre season game between two of the top Los Angeles based college teams. The game will follow a pre-season game between the Ducks and Kings. More info to follow, including great ticket discounts!
The school year is just around the corner, and that means that the players will report to LMU at the end of August. After a team meeting on move in weekend, the team will begin practicing a week later, on September 3rd. The team will have four weeks of practices until their schedule begins, with a home and home series vs. USC. The Lions will be looking to win the Century Cup for the third year in a row, a best 2 of 3 series vs. USC each season. The Lions are looking forward to another great season, including qualifying for regionals for a second straight year.
Oct 2 @ USC
Oct 3 vs. USC
PreSeason LMU 3 - LBSU 5