Photo courtesy UTEP Hockey Club
The Ice Miners are back home this weekend, as they host the University of North Texas Mean Green, December 2nd and 3rd.
The puck drops for the two-game series on Saturday at 3:30pm and a new start time of 11am on Sunday. This will be the only meeting between the teams during the regular season. The last meeting was last fall where the Miners topped the Mean Green 10-1.
Scouting the Mean Green
The Mean Green are 4-3 in conference play. Prior to the Thanksgiving break UNT swept LSU posting wins of 8-4 in game 1 and 16-4 in game 2.
Similar to the Miners, the Mean Green swept both Dallas Baptist and Texas Christian University putting them in 5th place in TCHC.
North Texas is led by Senior Forward Andrew Keane who has 26 points this season. Keane leads with 13 goals and 13 assists. Tanner Holmes has logged 553 minutes in net for the Mean Green. Holmes has allowed 42 goals, 4.55 per game and has 217 saves this season.
In addition, James Bennett has made 3 appearances this season allowing 9 goals, 4.89 per game and has 36 saves this season.
Miners Give Back
The Miners hope to spread a little joy this holiday season as they collect children’s books this weekend during the UNT series. Bring a children’s book and receive one (1) ticket to the December 2-3 series against UNT. Books will be donated to a local school in the El Paso area.
Quick Miner Facts
- Miners are 9-8 overall, 8-3 in conference play.
- UTEP is in 4th place in TCHC.
- Freshman Dominik Taras leads the Miners in points and goals scored (15 G, 12 A).
- Junior Goaltender, Alek Lazarski averages 3.62 goals against and a .886 save percentage.
- The Miners 3-2 win over TCU was Coach Herman’s 50th win as the Miner Head Coach.
Following the Holiday Break the Miners will host the Univeristy of Texas Longhorns at home (January 9-10).