Monday afternoon, the UTEP Hockey Club announced the conference schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign.
The Miners kick off conference play on the road. UTEP will play game one of the two game series against Texas State Friday, September 28 at The Pond in Austin, Texas. The Miners fell to the Bobcats, 4-2, during the first road trip last season.
However, the Miners won the following three games, including a sweep at home where the Miners tallied 26 goals.
Closing out the first weekend, the Miners will visit the Chaparral Ice rink in Austin, Texas, with a two-game series against division rival the Texas Longhorns, September 29-30. Last season, the Miners swept the Longhorns at home and split the series on the road with a 4-1 win.
The Miners will have to wait until the second semester to play the Longhorns at home, January 14-15.
Following a week off, the Miners will head back out on the road to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies, October 12-13, at the Spirit Ice Arena.
The Aggies swept the Miners during week one last season, but the Miners got redemption and swept the Aggies in El Paso, 3-1 and 5-4. The Miners met the Aggies during the first Round of 2018 TCHC Playoffs and won 5-3 to advance to the semifinals.
The Miners will face off against the Aggies following the winter break, January 7-8, at the El Paso County Events Center.
UTEP will head east, to Austin, for the final game of the two-game series against Texas State (October 14), started the previous road trip. The Bobcats will head to the Sun City for the final weekend of play, February 1-2, before playoffs.
Back in El Paso, the Miners will host the East Texas Baptist Tigers, November 16-17. The Miners and Tigers split at home during the final homestand of the 2017-18 season. This will be the only meeting between both teams as the Tigers will play in the northern division of TCHC this season.
Closing out the first semester, the Miners will play Dallas Baptist Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. UTEP remains victories against the Patriots with wins in the last four meetings both at home and on the road.
The Miners will kick off their final road trip in Dallas with a two-game series against Texas Christian University, (January 17-18). Last year, the Miners swept the Horned Frogs in El Paso, 3-1 in game one and 3-2 in overtime in game two.
Closing out the road trip, UTEP will take on the TCHC Champions the North Texas Mean Green (January 19-20) at the Dr Pepper Star Center-Farmers Branch. During the last meeting the Miners swept the Mean Green in El Paso.
For more info on the Miners, visit their website, and stay tuned for upcoming game times and ticket information.
2018-19 TCHC Conference Schedule
September 28 – at Texas State
September 29-30 – at University of Texas
October 12-13 – at Texas A&M
October 14 – at Texas State
November 16-17 – vs East Texas Baptist University
November 30-December 1 – vs Dallas Baptist University
January 7-8- vs Texas A&M
January 14-15- vs University of Texas
January 18-17 – at Texas Christian University
January 19-20 – at North Texas
February 1-2 – vs Texas State