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The Lions finished the season sweep of Fullerton on Saturday night, as LMU got out to a Six goal lead, and finished out with an 8-4 win. Senior Trevor Tracy shined with 4 goals on the night, all four goals in a row. Geeza had two goals for the Lions, and Martins and Thalmann finished the scoring. Sitzman started for the Lions and came away with the win. The Lions now move into a tie for third in the WCHC standings with two games to go. The Lions next face another WCHC team in CSUN, who came from behind to beat LMU 3-2 in their previous meeting.
The Lions started the four game weekend off with a win in the first round of the Kings Cup over Chapman, 6-2. Sitzman got the win as four different Lions scored. The rest of the weekend did not go as well as the Lions defensive woes continued and they were swept by the Arizona teams. The Lions will regroup for two big WCHC games this weekend, as they host LBSU and CSUF.
The Lions battled SJSU to a tie on Friday night, with the game ending 4-4. The Lions got on the board first with Culp scoring early in the first. SJSU would tie the game late in the first, and would score in the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Lions battled back for 3 straight goals with 10 minutes left to lead 4-2. SJSU were able to score twice in the final five minutes, and the teams played a scoreless Overtime to lead to a 4-4 final.
The D3 NAU Ice Jacks came to town and it led to a very exciting game. The Lions would score first, on a power play goal from captain Kyle Martins. NAU would score twice later in the first, to take a 2-1 lead to the first break. In the second, NAU scored again and led 3-1. Kevin Paynter notched a goal late in the second to bring the game within one goal. There was no scoring until late in the third, when Kyle Martins notched his second goal of the game to tie it at 3-3. The teams played into overtime, with good chances each side, but no goals. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Mike Radakovich, the Commissioner of the ACHA D2 since the LMU Lions joined, has passed away. Mike was a great man, who dedicated, as a volunteer,his time to grow the ACHA. He was a champion of the LMU program joining the ACHA and growing over the past 10 seasons. Mike also spearheaded the formation of the West Coast Hockey Conference. The Lions program, the WCHC and the ACHA all wouldn't be in the great shape they are without the dedication of Mike. He will be missed, we will miss him, the entire ACHA community will miss his dedication and love of hockey. Thank you for all your help Mike, may you Rest in Peace.
12/5 @ CSUN
LMU 8 - CSUF 4
LMU 4 - LBSU 6