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The LMU Alumni came back in force, with 26 alumni coming to the first annual Alumni game. In a fun, back and forth game, the two teams traded plenty of scoring and scoring opportunities. This was a great weekend to reconnect with some of the earliest faces from the Alumni team. In fact, at least one Alumni was present from every graduating class since 2008. This was also the weekend that the team accounced their inaugural LMU Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. This will be a yearly award given out to former players. The inaugural class has 6 names included. Four people were elected into the Founders group and 2 players into the Hall of Fame. Tom Lieb, the original founder of the team in 1930, Chris Miller, the player who refounded the team in 2006, Tyler Goeckner-Zoeller, who took the team from 2006 and grew it to present, and Al Tipon, the team's advisor who was instrumental in the growth of the team from the beginning, were all elected into the Founders group. The two players who were elected into the Hall, were Phil Higgins (2008), the first team captain. And Jim McDonald (2013), the all time leading scorer for the Lions.
The Lions hosted USC at the home opener, in what is becoming a tradition between these two teams. And the LMU student fans packed the rink in the same tradition, but in a twist on the past few seasons, the Lions dropped the home opener to USC, 2-1. USC used it's speed to hem the Lions in their D-Zone early in the game, but weren't able to score. The Lions opened it up in the 2nd, and the game got into a good pace, though a barrage of penalties throughout the game left it a difficult game to manage. The Lions ended up with 14 penalties, and had to kill off three 5v3 USC advantages. USC, even with the many power play opportunities, was unable to score on the man advantage. USC would score first on an LMU turn over, and a rebound slid to the soft side where it was tapped home. LMU would waste no time in coming back, a quick power play and Evan Ng fired the puck in from the point, to knot the game at 1-1 only 36 seconds later. The game would continue with back and forth chances, though USC outshot the Lions. Late in the third, another costly turnover and USC went in all alone and beat the LMU net minder. The Lions would pressure late, but had to kill off 3 penalties late in the third, and ran out of time to tie it. Junior goalie Jake Blazier played very well, making a handful of huge sliding stops. Thanks to all the fans who packed the rink to cheer us on! The Lions are off next weekend, as they face the Alumni, then play at USC in their next contest.
The team is in their third week of skating, with a handful of fresh faces from all over the country, the new look Lions will try to keep an old look alive, victories over USC. The team will look for their 13th straight win over the Trojans, in the first game of the season and the first of their best of three series called the "Century Cup" in the Home Opener on Thursday. For students, bus tickets will be available Wednesday from 5-7 PM at the Lair. The game will be live streamed, please check back on Thursday for the link to the game. Go Lions!
9/30 @ USC
10/1 vs. Chapman
USC 2 - LMU 1