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At 19-1, First Place ‘Ice’ Miners Await 2nd Half of Season

With nearly a month-long break to reflect on the current season, the red-hot Miner Hockey Team is looking forward to finishing the season the same way they started: dominating the ice.

At the mid-season break, the Miners are currently 19-1 (13-1 in conference play) with 12 games remaining in the season. Dating back to October 2nd, the Miners are on a 15 game win streak (7 road games and 8 home games) and remain undefeated at home.

This is the longest win streak in club history.

Sitting in first place, the Miners also lead TCHC (Texas Colligate Hockey Conference) in win percentage, least goals against (37), power play percentage (18.87), and shorthanded goals (10).

Sophomore center, Lukas Znosko, has had an impressive start to his second season with the Miners. Znosko is the leading scorer in TCHC, 2nd in goals in all of ACHA D2, and is ranked 10th overall in the nation.

“Lukas has had a fantastic start to the season. You can see all the work he put into his summer training as well as his practice is paying off. He’s a leader on this team and we will look to him more as we begin our playoff run.” Commented Coach Herman.

With 19 wins, Alek Lazarski ranks in at number 1 in ACHA D2 in wins. As the lone goalie for the Miners, Lazarski has played a key role in the Miners successful first half of the season.

The sophomore goalie leads TCHC with 18 wins (13 in conference play), 2.60 GAA (goals against average), and minutes played.

Coach Herman on Lazarski- “He’s been a huge reason for our success. We rely a lot on his play and he is always there to make the save when called upon. He’s always the first at practice and works hard each and every day to improve.”

On the season so far, Herman added, “It’s been a great start for our club. However, we know going forward we still have lots to do. We set goals at the start of the year to not only win the TCHC, but to go to the Regional championships. It will take more hard work and every player buying into the system. The fan support has been amazing and we will rely heavily on their support for the final push of the season as well as the TCHC Championships here in El Paso come February.”

UTEP secured 2 places in the Top 5 scoring leaders in TCHC, Lukas Znosko and Jeramy Rezaeepour. Jeramy Rezaeepour has had a solid first half helping the Miners with 44 points (21 G, 23 A). Although not in the Top 5, Freshman Matt Sanca has also had a good start to his college career with 35 points (18 G, 17 A).

Following the holiday break, the Miners will be back on the ice in the new year preparing for the Texas A&M Aggies two game home series on January 8th and 9th.

The Aggies are 11-4 in the season and are in second place in TCHC. This will be the final meeting for both teams in the regular season

Author: Tricia Luna / MINERS HOCKEY CLUB

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