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Champion Ice Miners Reveal 2017-18 Hockey Schedule

The UTEP Miners Hockey Club announced Monday their 28 game regular season schedule for the 2017-18 campaign.

As the reigning TCHC conference champions, the Miners kick off conference play on the road against division rival Texas A&M for a 2 game series (Sept. 29-30).

Last season the Miners and Aggies split 2-2 overall. To complete the road trip, the Miners will play Texas State (Oct.. 1) in Austin.

UTEP will then head north to the pan handle to face off against Texas Tech (Oct. 6-7). Returning home after two weeks on the road, the Miners will host Northern Arizona University in the the season home opener (Oct. 13-14).

Last season NAU finished #2 in the West Region to earn a bye to the National Tournament. This non-conference home stand will prove to be a big test for the Miners early in the season.

The Miners will open their TCHC home schedule against the Texas A&M Aggies (Oct. 20-21). This will once again be a big test as the Miners and Aggies battled for first place in the TCHC all season long last season.

“It will be an exciting two weeks in El Paso opening up against NAU and then against our TCHC rival Texas A&M. Both weekends will be very competitive and very important to us as a club and our success throughout the season,” comments Coach Herman.

After a two-week home stand, the Miners will head back on the road to face-off against the Dallas Baptist Patriots (Oct. 27-28). The Miners defeated the Patriots in the TCHC playoff final last season 6-0 to be crowned the inaugural TCHC Conference Champions.

The Miners will head back on the road (Nov. 3-4) to Flagstaff to complete their series against the Ice Jacks of NAU.

Following two weeks on the road, the Miners will head home to host Texas Christian University (Nov. 10-11).

This will be the Horned Frogs first trip to the El Paso County Events Center and the fifth meeting between both teams. The Miners are 4-0 against the Frogs over the past two seasons.

The Miners will close out the first half of the season at home against the University of North Texas (Dec. 2-3).

Coach Herman commented, “The first half of the season will be a big test for the club. We play the top team from the North last season in DBU as well as four games against our divisional rival Aggies. And on top of a tough conference schedule the first half, we play four non-conference games against NAU who was ranked in the top 5 the entire season last year.”

To finish their TCHC home schedule in the spring semester, the Miners will host the University of Texas (Jan. 9-10) and Texas State (Jan.20-21). The Miners will also host East Texas Baptist University (Feb. 2-3).

The Miners road schedule will see them in San Diego to play two non-conference games against SDSU (Jan. 12-13), as well as TCHC games against Texas State (Jan. 25) and UT (Jan. 26-27).

UT will host the TCHC Playoff tournament (Feb. 8-10). Following last season’s championship, the Miners will look to head back to the tournament to defend their title.

Story in Many Pics: Ice Miners blank Dallas Baptist 6-0, Take TCHC Crown

After a season that saw the Miners dominate their division rivals, UTEP rolled into the TCHC Championship game and did the same – blanking Dallas Baptist 6-0 Saturday afternoon.

Coming in to the playoffs as the number one overall seed, the Miners set their sights on being the team left standing at the top. After an incredible 7-1 win over Texas Tech the Miners met Dallas Baptist in the TCHC Championship game.

The 1st period went scoreless.

Back for the 2nd period, the Miners were ready to get the show going as Nick Howell scored the first goal of the game assisted by Jake Colclasure and Jorge Duenas. Shortly after Nick Howell finds the back of the net to put the Miners up by 2 goals. A minute later, Jeramy Rezaeepour added to the total with the help of Dominik Taras and Matt Sanca. Miners led 3-0 at the end of the 2nd.

Heading to the 3rd, only 20 minutes stood between the Miners and the Championship. Brett Bloor got in on the fun and increased the Miners lead to 4. With 5 minutes remaining, Lukas Znosko scored assisted by Dominik Taras and Angel Sanca. Adding an exclamation on the game Nick Howell gets the hat trick with his goal late in the 3rd period.

The Miners would go uncontested and Alek Lazarski gets the shut-out. With a 6-0 win over the Patriots the Miners became the first ever TCHC Conference Champions. After a hard fought season, the Miners would be crowned both the Regular Season and TCHC Conference Champions.

With a win in the Championship game the Miners await the opportunity to continue the season in the ACHA Regionals Tournament later this month.

Congratulations goes out to Lukas Znosko, Alek Lazarski, and Jeramy Rezaeepour for making the TCHC All Conference Team.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the celebration via today’s story in many pics.

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Ice Miners battle Dallas Baptist for TCHC Championship Saturday

After waiting a day to take the ice, the Miners were eager to get their turn in the TCHC Playoffs as they faced off against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Dominik Taras opened the scoring for the Miners with a power play goal 5 mins into the 1stperiod.

Leading scorer Jeramy Rezaeepour scores 9 seconds into the 2nd period opening the Miner goal streak. Miners scored a total of 5 goals in the 2nd period increasing their lead to 6-0 at the buzzer. Rezaeepour scored 4 of the 5 goals. As Matt Sanca also added to the Miner lead. Adding to the excitement, Alek Lazarski was credited the second assist on Matt Sanca’s goal.

Late in the 3rd period, Austin Schriver snuck one passed Lazarski to put the Red Raiders up on the board. With the championship game in sight Josh Baeza added one more to Miner victory making the final score 7-1.

As the number 1 overall seed of the TCHC Playoffs the Miners punched their ticket to the championship game and will take on the winner of the earlier semi-final game the Dallas Baptist Patriots.

The puck drops Saturday, February 10th at 12pm. Tickets start at $5. For more information visit