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Ice Miners Ask for Communty’s Support to Raise Money for Postseason Play

Following a 23-0 win Sunday afternoon against TCHC opponent North Texas, the UTEP Miner hockey squad clinched the TCHC regular season title.

In first place, with 48 points, UTEP earns an automatic bid to the semi-finals of the TCHC playoffs next month, February 7-9, in Dallas, Texas.

As a student run organization funded 100% by the players, the Miners have started a Go Fund Me in hopes of raising money to help offset costs for postseason play.

This season the Miners have complied a 21-1-1-1 record so far with only two regular season games remaining. With only two losses, only one loss in regulation, and a undefeated record at home.

This season alone, the Miners average 9.29 goals per game and have tallied 223 goals. In comparison to other TCHC opponents the Miners rank 1st in goals per game, power play percentage and penalty kill percentage. The Miners have outscored their opponents by three or more goals in 19 out of 24 games this season.

Winning the conference tournament, will give the Miners an automatic bid to the ACHA Western Regional Tournament in Tempe, Arizona next month, February 28- March 2.

To donate to Miners, go to for more information or visit their Go Fund Me page.

Miner Hockey Turns Games into ‘Science on Ice’ for Students

Last season, the UTEP Miner hockey squad was dealt a card they didn’t expect: a change of game times. With only one sheet of ice in El Paso and an increasing demand for hockey, things needed to be shuffled.

While the Ice Miners were used to playing on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00pm, the Miners would now be playing at 11:00 a.m. and sometimes on days other than Friday and Saturday.

It was at this moment UTEP took the opportunity to make an odd start time and turn it into a way to connect with the community in a different way, through learning.

Take any sport and you can see how much science is put to use during a single game, hockey requires a lot of science. From the creation of the ice players skate on to the curve of a hockey stick, the idea to mix hockey with a science lesson became a no-brainer, thus the Science on Ice game series was created.

Based on program previously used at the rink during field trips, the Miners took the idea and built it into the program now shown during games.

“In efforts to promote hockey to the El Paso community, we chose an approach that by inviting students to a game introduces them to the science behind the sport of hockey and preparation for the sport as well as the ice rink,” UTEP Hockey head coach Tom Herman shared.

Throughout the game, students are taken on a journey through different aspects of science and how it is applied to hockey and then it’s seen in action during the game.

As student themselves, the Miners understand the importance of school, as it is required for each hockey player to maintain a 2.5 GPA while playing for the club.

Aside from hockey, the club spends time off the ice in classrooms talking to students about the opportunities education has provided them. In effort to continue building on those relationships, UTEP invited schools into their classroom, the ice rink.

“The goal is simple, make it enjoyable for everyone. Introduce them to hockey, but at the same time teach them so many different things about science,” Coach Herman added.  “Education and especially science isn’t always in the classroom. It’s everywhere. And for the students to be able to enjoy a hockey game, cheer on their UTEP Miners and also learn at the same time, it just makes sense.”

Last season over 1000 students joined the Miners for Science on Ice, this season they are hoping to continue to grow that number.

Anyone on the Miner bench will say, the atmosphere of a Science on Ice game is different. Students yell for the Miners from puck drop to the final buzzer and are quick to let the opposing team know who’s house they’re in.

“They are full of energy and excitement,” said Herman. “They make it an unique experience.”

For $7, students are provided a healthy meal, admission and the opportunity to meet the players after the game. There is only one Science on Ice game left this season and the Miners hope to pack the stands once more to enjoy one last game as they begin to wrap up the season.

The final Science on Ice game is February 2nd against the Texas State Bobcats at 11:00am. For more information on attending our Science on Ice game please visit the UTEP Hockey website.

Ice Miners Return to Action vs Texas A&M, Free Admission for Series

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.”

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Ice Miners Open 2017-18 Season on the Road Against Texas A&M

The Miners Hockey Club has announced they will open the 2017-18 season on the road against Texas A&M on September 29, 2017 at the Spirit Ice Arena. This matchup kicks off conference play for the new season.

The Miners and Aggies opened up their season last year in College Station. The first game saw the two teams trade goals back and forth and ended up going into overtime. Neither team scored in OT, however the Miners were able to win the game 7-6 in a shootout.

The following night, the Miners and Aggies were back at it. Again both teams didn’t have issues scoring early. However, the Aggies outscored the Miners to win 5-3.

Opening up the second half of the season, the Miners and Aggies faced off in El Paso. The first game once again saw the Miners come out strong. They took the first game 6-3. However, they couldn’t get the home sweep against the Aggies. The Aggies would win 2-1.

“We are starting our conference play against one of the strongest teams. It’s no secret A&M has had a strong club for several years. Although we have only played them a handful of times, the games are always exciting and something our team looks forward too.” commented Coach Herman.

Last season, the Miners finished 1st in the South Division and the Aggies were a close 2nd. During the TCHC tournament, the teams were in opposite brackets for a potential matchup for the championship. However, the Aggies were upset by UT in overtime the opening game.

The Miners went on to win the TCHC Championship by defeating the DBU Patriots by a score of 6-0.

Both teams will look to build on their success from last season as the TCHC enters it’s second year.

Author: UTEP Miner Hockey

Red-Hot Ice Miners Set for Hockey Playoffs; 1st Round starts Thursday

The Miners are set to host the first ever TCHC Playoffs February 9-11 at the El Paso County Events Center. Texas A&M, University of Texas, Dallas Baptist University, Texas Tech, and University of North Texas will also play in the tournament.

As part of the eight original founding members of the the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference the Miners have showed dominance and finished out conference play in first place with an 18-2 record, making them the TCHC regular season champions.

Earning a first-round bye the Miners will take on the winner of the Texas Tech/UNT game Friday, February 10th at 3pm. A win in the semi-

finals will earn them a spot in Saturday’s championship game.

Leading the Miners Sophomore Jeramy Rezaeepour, capped off a stellar season with 3 goals and 2 assists against the University of New Mexico last weekend bringing his total to 75 points (38 G, 37 A) on the season. Alek Lazarski has had a solid season in net for the Miners. With a 2.98 goals against average the Sophomore from North Bend, Washington has been a key to a strong Miner defense.

On Thursday, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the University of North Texas Mean Green will face off at 2pm in game 1 of the TCHC Playoffs. Followed by game 2 at 7pm, Texas A&M will meet with the University of Texas Longhorns for a place in the Semi-Finals on Friday.

Ticket packages start at $20 for all 5 games. For more information on the TCHC Playoffs visit,

Round One Schedule

Ø North Division qualifier: Texas Tech vs. North Texas, 2 p.m.

Ø South Division qualifier: Texas A&M vs. Texas, 7 p.m.

‘Ice’ Miners Announce 2016-17 Hockey Schedule

The UTEP Miners Hockey Club announced today its 32 game regular season schedule for the 2016-17 campaign.
It was announced earlier this summer that the Miners will now compete as part of the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC). Conference play will begin on Friday, September 30th, when the Miners open the season on the road against Texas Christian University (TCU) on September 23rd for a two game series in Fort Worth.
Before wrapping up the first road trip the Miners will stop in Dallas for game one in the two game series against North Texas. Game two will be played the following Sunday (October 2, 2016) in Dallas, TX.
UTEP will then head east for a two game series against the Texas A&M Aggies (Sept. 30-1). The Aggies will travel to El Paso (Jan. 8-9).
After being on the road for two weeks, the Miners will host Grand Canyon University for a two game series in the season opener on Friday, October 14th.
The 2016-17 season campaign adds several new teams to the Miners schedule including, North Texas, University of Texas, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University. Along with the newest additions the Miners will welcome back to the El Paso County Events Center Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, and the University of New Mexico.
“I’m very excited about our schedule. We are able to start our conference games against UT. I’m excited to see the support from the fans, UTEP and El Paso. I know the players are excited to get back on the ice and play in front of our fans,” said Coach Herman.
Up next, the Miners will host Northern Arizona University (Oct. 21-22). This will be the Ice Jacks first trip to the Sun City and the first meeting between both teams. The Ice Jacks will host the Miners (Jan. 26-28) in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Miners will open their home conference schedule on Friday, November 11, when they host the University of Texas Longhorns for a two game series. The following weekend, UTEP will head to Austin to complete the home and away series with the Longhorns (Nov 18-19).
Heading back to El Paso the Miners will host Dallas Baptist (Dec. 2-3) to wrap up the fall semester. This will be the Patriots first trip to the El Paso County Events Center and the second meeting between both teams.
UTEP returns to Albuquerque this season for a two game series against the University of New Mexico Lobos (November 4-5). The Lobos will help the Miners close out the regular season schedule (Feb. 3-4) at the El Paso County Events Center.
To kick off the spring semester, the Miners will face Texas A&M (Jan. 8-9) and Texas Tech (Jan.14-15). Leading up to the final four game road trip of the season, the Miners will host Texas State (Jan. 21-22), following their earlier meeting in San Antonio on (Oct. 29-30).
TCHC announced Tuesday, June 14, UTEP will host the first ever Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs on February 9-11.
“It’s exciting for the club to be in its second season. I know the players have been working hard and I know the fans will see their hard work on the ice. And for the club to have the honor to host the first TCHC playoffs, I know the fans will rally around their miners,” comments Coach Herman.
Don’t miss out on an exciting new season for the Miners. Season tickets are on sale now with tickets starting at $5 per game. For more information, click here or call our ticket office at (915) 491-7879.

Miners return to the ice, ask fans to ‘Orange Out’ the rink on Thursday

After a break for the holidays, the Miner hockey team resumes their inaugural season with key match ups against two in-state rival clubs.

The Miners are looking forward to their 2016 home opener on Thursday, January 7th as they take the Texas A&M Aggies.  The squad has already hit the ice for practice, and are asking fans to ‘orange out’ their home rink against the Aggies on Thursday. The Game is scheduled to start at 7:30.

After the Aggies, the Miners then welcome the University of Nuevo Leon January 22nd and 23rd; with Texas Tech will returning to El Paso for a two game series on February 5th and 6th.

Season ticket holders can pick up their A&M tickets at any time.  Please call 915-491-7879 for more info.

Author: UTEP Hockey


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