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The LMU Hockey team came away big winners at the LMU Club Sports banquet today, winning two of the big awards. Firstly, team advisor, Al Tipon, won Club Advisor of the year. This was his record 5th win of the award, and it is 100% deserved for all Al does behind the scenes. The team also won the big award of the night, Best Club Sport. The team was awarded this for always promptly following any issues off the ice, but mainly for its recent success on the ice, including making regionals for the 2nd straight year, and finishing as the top team in California this season. Congrats to the LMU Hockey team and it's members!
The LMU Hockey team had their annual end of season banquet last night. Special thanks for the brutal humor of Roast Master Adam Gannon, who got everyone with a special barb. After another great season of LMU Ice Hockey, the team gathered to celebrate the successes. Keith Lawton was awarded the Most Improved award. Nick Collins won the "Squid of the Year" award, for favorite team rookie. Senior Brad Goodman won the "Big Tip Award". Taylor Spesak won the coaches award. The Most Valuable Player award was given for the 2nd straight year to Kyle Martins. The big award of the night, the "Old Man Miller" award, given to the most important player to the success of the program, was given to senior Jack Hyman. We celebrated our 8 graduating seniors, surely a night to remember. Now we can focus on next season.
The Lions are featured in this months California Rubber Hockey magazine. The write up follows the rise of the program, since it's inception in 2006, and it's growth into our current successes. You can read it HERE. Thanks to CA Rubber for the good article!
The Lions fell in the first round of regionals to NAU, by a final score of 4-0. The Lions put up plenty of chances in the first period, but were unable to score. NAU would capitalize on a power play late in the first, and were up 1-0 after 1. In the 2nd, NAU came out on fire and scored two quick on man rush goals, and finished the 2nd off with an odd bounce goal, leading 4-0 after 2. The Lions would control large parts of the third, outshooting NAU, but again could not convert, and the game finished 4-0. With the loss, the season has ended for the Lions. Congratulations to our 8 seniors. Check back next week for a season recap.
The Lions have qualified for their 2nd ever regionals, and 2nd consecutive regional tournament. The Lions finished as the 10th ranked team in the ACHA West, and the top team in all of California. This is a huge accomplishment for a smaller school like LMU. The Lions will travel to Tempe, AZ on February 27th, and will play NAU in the first round of regionals. NAU is the top Regional seed, and a team the Lions know well. The teams split their season series 1-1.
Senior Captain Jack Hyman led the Lions in a big way on Senior Night, capturing a hattrick and leading the Lions to a 5-2 win over SJSU. The team honored the 8 graduating seniors before the game, and then got off to a fast start in front of a sold out crowd. Hyman took the puck down the wing and fired a shot over the SJSU goalie just 22 seconds into the first. Hyman would score again in the waning seconds of the 2nd period, to put the Lions up 2-0. In the third SJSU would score on a 5 on 3 PP. Soon after Hyman finished off his hattrick, knocking in a rebound. SJSU would score again on the PP to make it 3-2, before LMU scored twice late to put it out of reach. Thank you to all the fans who came out and cheered us on tonight, and big congrats to the 8 graduating seniors, Hyman, Spesak, Lorange, Dudley, Ogani, Goodman, Greco and Burch. The Lions finish the regular season with a 13-8-2 record, and now go on to the WCHC playoffs.
The Lions were in a load of trouble three minutes into the first period, as NAU had scored a PP and shorthanded goal, and led 2-0 early. But the Lions settled down, scored 5 unanswered goals, and beat #2 ranked NAU on Friday night. Tracy scored in the first for the Lions to make it 2-1. In the second, Greco and Costin would score, to give LMU a lead after 2. In the third Fink scored on a power play and Ogani added an empty netter to go up 5-2. NAU would score with 2 seconds remaining, but LMU came away with the huge win. It was the first win at home vs. NAU for the Lions ever, and also NAU's first WCHC loss of the season. The Lions will now face #7 SJSU tonight, as a must win game for Regionals. It's also Senior Night, so come on out and celebrate our seniors!
LMU 0 - NAU 4 (Regionals)
LMU 5 - SJSU 2
LMU 5 - NAU 3