After a month away from the ice, the UTEP Miner hockey team is ready to pick up where they left off, vying for the top spot in Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC.)
“Looking forward to getting back and playing games. It’s been a long break, but the club is ready to go and enthusiastic to start back up,” Coach Herman said. “We are expecting a very physical style series. Should be lots of fun.”
Following four consecutive wins at home against Dallas Baptist and East Texas Baptist, the Miners will host the Texas A&M Aggies, January 7-8 at the El Paso County Events Center.
Both games start at 11 a.m. and feature free admission for fans.
The red-hot Miners scored 35 goals in the last four games, including a 10-0 shutout in game two against the East Texas Baptist Tigers.
“With the limited amount of time we have had on the ice, practices have been going good,” Coach Herman said. “Everyone is getting back on the same page and back into the groove of everything.”
The Aggies are currently 6-3-0-2 on the season. Sitting in third place in the south division of TCHC, the Aggies are two points behind the Miners.
Prior to the holiday break, Texas A&M played East Texas Baptist and split the weekend with a 7-4 loss in game one and an 8-5 win in game two. Joseph Reynolds has made 12 appearances between the pipes for the Aggies. Reynolds has logged 540 minutes for the Aggies, he has allowed 28 goals this season, 3.11 per game and has a save percentage of .881.
Aggie Forward Huston Svondrk leads with 30 points (9 G, 21 A). Along with Svondrk, Adam Pipe has 28 points (11G, 17A) this season.
The last time the Miners met with the Aggies they split the two-game series with a 4-3 overtime win in game one and a 4-2 loss in game two.
“When we played the Aggies at the start of the season, we were still looking for our team’s identity,” Coach Herman said. “I think we have grown as a team offensively and defensively. We look to continue to progress as the season goes.”
UTEP is currently 12-1-1-1 this season.
Freshman Austin Simpson leads the team with 59 points (21 G, 38A).