Lions Fall in First Regionals Appearance...
The Lions appeared in their first ever ACHA Regional Tournament this weekend, as they took on #4 Ranked University of Utah. Utah, the fastest team the Lions have played this season, came flying out of the gates. The Lions held tough though, and trailed 1-0 at the end of the first. The altitude didn't help the Lions early as Utah continued to mount pressure, but as the game went on, LMU started to turn the tables. Utah would get up 2-0 early in the 2nd, but sophomore Connor Gordon would score in the final minute of the 2nd as he drove home a rebound from Archie Ogani. The third would be the most even period of the game, with both teams trading chances. The Lions put up a number of good shots as the clock wound down, and their best chances came in the final minute but could not sneak the tying goal in. Taylor Spesak played a strong game in net, stopping 54 of 56 shots, and controlling the pace of the game. The Lions defense kept most shots to the perimiter, and together kept the team in the game. Even with the loss, the Lions had the closest game of the first day of regionals, and it is a good stepping stone to continue to move up in the ACHA West in the years to come. This was the final game for the seniors Hunter Costin, Cameron Che, Trevor Isbell and Connor Evans. The Lions will take some time off and start planning for another successful season that will start next September. Thanks for the fans who packed our home rink in record numbers this season, as the Lions accomplished a lot of firsts. See you all next season!
WCHC Consolation Thriller...
The Lions took on the CSUF Titans on Saturday night in a consolation game in the WCHC tournament, and it didn't disappoint. The Lions would come out strong and get up 3-1 by the end of the first, with goals from Hunter Costin and Kyle Martins put one in to expand his team lead in goals. CSUF would tie the game after two, with LMU unable to net any goals. In the third, CSUF would score to take their first lead of the game. The Lions turned up the pressure and Paul MacCabe was able to score while falling down to tie the game. The Lions controlled the game late, including many scoring opportunities and 3 hit posts in Overtime. The game went to a shootout, where it took eight rounds until it was decided in CSUF's favor. The Lions will now prepare for their first regional tournament trip ever, where they will face University of Utah at 6:30 PM (Mountain Time) on 2/22.
Loyolan on Hockey Playoffs...
The Loyolan did an article on the two upcoming playoff series for the Lions, read all about it HERE.
LMU Headed to Regionals...
This LMU Ice Hockey team has done something no other has in the past, advance to the ACHA West Regional tournament. Though the team went through a rough patch in the middle of the year, a strong start and finish to the season, including some key wins and games against top teams, the Lions finished as the Ninth best team in the Western Region, and will head to Flagstaff, AZ on February 22 for a game against University of Utah. More details to come. This weekend the Lions are playing in the WCHC tournament, which starts Friday vs. CSULB.
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LMU 1 - Utah 2 Regionals
LMU 4 - CSUF 5 - SO
LMU 6 - UCLA 2
LMU 3 - CSULB 2