As the regular season comes to end, the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference-leading UTEP Miners will face a Southwest rival to get prepared for the playoffs on the horizon.
The Miners will close the regular season against the University of New Mexico Lobos in an American Collegiate Hockey Association two-game home series at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center at 4100 E. Paisano.
The games are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4 and fans are asked to wear orange.
UTEP, now 25-3 (16-2 in the South Division in Division II of the ACHA in the TCHC, while New Mexico is 12-9 (10-6 in the Pacific Division in Division I of the ACHA). The Miners have been receiving solid play all season from forwards Lukas Znosko with 35 goals and 63 points, and Jeramy Rezaeepour with 32 goals and 60 points.
The Lobos are looking to the strength of center Nate Taglialegami, who has 14 goals and 28 points.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, Black Section and Grey Section; $10 for Orange Section; $15 for Glass Section; $20 for Balcony; and free for military with ID. They are available at the El Paso County Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.
The TCHC playoffs and championship game are set for Feb. 9-11 in El Paso. The ACHA regionals are scheduled for Feb. 24-26.