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Ice Miners Sweep Texas State, Improve to 11-1; UNM in ABQ up Next

The UTEP Miners Hockey Club left El Paso for a two game road trip against the Texas State Bobcats Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th.  Coming of a sweep at home against Northern Arizona, the Miners were looking to continue their winning streak.

Saturday night both teams came out strong offensively in the first period.  The Miners would open the scoring as Kevin Duncan ripped a shot top shelf on the power play less than two minutes into the game. However, the Bobcats would respond shortly after on their own power play to tie the game.

As the teams traded chances throughout the first period, the Miners would once again find themselves on the power play.  Brett Bloor would break the tie late in the first period to put the Miners up 2-1. However, the Miners were not done.  With less than a minute left in the first period, Jeramy Rezaeepour would increase the lead to 3-1.

The Miners would increase their lead in the second as Bloor would once again score on the power play to put the miners up 4-1.  The Bobcats would not go away as they would once again respond on their own power play to cut the lead in half to 4-2. Miners leading scorer Lukas Znosko would add to his point total as he would score even strength to put the Miners up 5-2.

Shortly after, Dominic Foggia would score his first as a Miner to put the Miners up by 4 (6-2) just past the half way point of the second period. With less than two minutes left in the second frame and the Bobcats once again on the power play, they would once again score to cut the Miners lead in half to close out the second period 6-3.

In the final period, the Miners would strike early once again. Jeramy Rezaeepour would score his second of the night less than 2 minutes into the 3rd period making the score 7-3.  However, with less than 5 minutes left in the game, the Bobcats would score twice to put pressure on the Miners cutting the lead to 7-5.  With less than a minute left in the 3rd and the net empty for the Bobcats, Rezaeepour would complete the hat trick and score to make the final score 8-5.

With a quick turnaround for both teams, they took the ice Sunday morning. Matt Sanca would score twice in the opening period to put the Miners up 2-0, his first even strength and his second on the power play. Although both teams had several opportunities in the first period, Sanca’s goals would be the only two of the first period.

The second period once again saw the Miners prove their dominance offensively. The Miners would have four different goal scorers in the second period as Brett Bloor, Lukas Znosko and Josh Baeza would all find the back of the net.  Scoring the fourth goal of the frame, Garrett Goodroe would pot his first goal of the season to put the Miners up 6-0 at the end of the second period.

In the 3rd and final period of the weekend, the Miners gave up a shorthanded goal to the Bobcats. However, Lukas Znosko would still take advantage of the power play and score his second goal of the night to increase the lead to 7-1.  Not done there, Znosko would score his 3rd of the day shorthanded to increase the lead to 8-1.

Matt Sanca would follow suit and also complete his own hat trick scoring on the power play to put the Miners up 9-1. The Miners would strike two more times in the third as Jorge Duenas would score on the power play and Brett Bloor would get his second of the night even strength.  The Bobcats would add a late goal, but the Miners would win 11-2 in dominating fashion.

The Miners improve to 11-1 on the season.  They will travel to Albuquerque to take on the UNM Lobos Friday, November 4th and Saturday November 5th who are 10-0 on the season. Both games will be at the Outpost Arena at 8:00pm.

The Miners will then return to home ice to take on the University of Texas Longhorns (9-2 overall) in a TCHC matchup November 11th and 12th.

9 & 1 Miner Hockey team Heads for Alamo City Matchup Against Texas State Saturday

For the second straight week of non-conference play, the Miners played host to the Northern Arizona Ice Jacks and swept the Arizonans for Pink Out the Rink & Stick It To Cancer Weekend.

NAU was first to score early in the 1st period. But the Miners would answer quickly with a power play goal from Jeramy Rezaeepour, assisted by Jorge Duenas and Lukas Znosko. His 7th goal of the season.

The Miners would control the 2nd period and score 3 goals, back to back goals from Matt Sanca and Josh Baeza.

Matt Sanca would open the scoring in the 3rd period with his 3rd goal of the night, and record his second hat trick of the season. NAU would get the final goal of the night but the Miners would hold their 3 goal lead and win the game.

Returning Saturday night for Game 2, the Miners hit the ice with sticks taped in pink in support of breast cancer awareness month.

Getting past NAU’s goalie, Matt Sanca would score first for the Miners, his 4th goal of the weekend. With no response from NAU the Miners headed to the locker room leading by 1 goal.

Lukas Znosko adds to the Miner lead with a goal 8 minutes into the 2nd period and puts the Miners up 2-0. The 2nd period would see plenty of time spent in the penalty box by both teams.

With Mack Hollis in the box for 2 minutes, the Ice Jacks go on the power play. But, Lukas Znosko scored a shorthanded goal with the help of Jeramy Rezaeepour and the Miners lead by 3.

Zackaree Lopez scores the first goal of the night for the Ice Jacks followed by another goal by Trent Boice.

With less than 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd the Miners lead by 1 goal. With the attempt of making up the deficit NAU pulls their goalie.

Brett Bloor capitalized on the empty net and scores the final goal of the night to put the Miners up 4-2 over the Ice Jacks.

Now 9-1 on the season (5-1 in conference), the Miners head out on the road to San Antonio, Texas to play the Texas State Bobcats in a two game series starting Saturday October 29th.

Author: Tricia Luna – UTEP Hockey

Ice Miners Start Season on the Road, End Weekend with 3 & 0 Record

UTEP wraps up the first road series of the weekend up 3-0 in conference play.

The Miner Hockey Team kicked of the 2016-17 season with a 3-game road series in Dallas/Fort Worth. Miners faced off against TCU on night 1 of the 3-day road trip. Kevin Duncan put the Miners on the board first and the Miners went into the 1st intermission leading by 1.

Early in the 2nd Period TCU answered back and tied the game at 1. Not for long as Freshman Storm Evans gave the Miners back their lead, 2-1. Going into the 3rd period, Miners lead by 1 and kept the streak going with goals from Brett Bloor, Jeramy Rezaeepour, and Matt Sanca. Miners won their first game of the season 5-1.

Newcomers, Kevin Duncan, Brett Bloor, Storm Evans, and Matt Sanca recorded their first collegiate goals of their career.

Back on Saturday for Game 2, Miners couldn’t seem to find their flow at the start and TCU scored first, 1-0 Frogs. After 20 minutes, the Frogs would head to the locker room with a 1 point lead. In the 2nd Period, Miners strike first with a goal from Jeramy Rezaeepour assisted by Storm Evans and tie the game at 1.

Back on Saturday for Game 2, Miners couldn’t seem to find their flow at the start and TCU scored first, 1-0 Frogs. After 20 minutes, the Frogs would head to the locker room with a 1 goal lead. In the 2nd Period, The Miners would strike first with a goal from Jeramy Rezaeepour assisted by Storm Evans and tie the game at 1.

Once again Kevin Duncan helps the Miners take the lead with his goal to open the 3rd period. Miners lead by 1. Quick goals from Nicholas Howell and Lukas Znosko help increase the Miner lead. Miners hold onto their lead and win the game, 4-1.

With the sweep against TCU, the Miners moved on to the final game of the weekend against North Texas, in the first of the two game series.

The Eagles waste no time and score quickly at the start of the 1st period, 1-0 Eagles. Miners don’t take long to answer back and Brett Bloor puts the Miners up on the board and follows up quickly with a second goal. Miners take their first lead of the game, 2-1 Miners.

North Texas scores and ties the game at 2. With 1 minute and 45 second remaining in the first Lukas Znosko regained the lead for the Miners.

Miners increase their lead by 2 in the 2nd Period with goals from Joshua Baeza and Jeramy Rezaeepour. North Texas answered back and cuts the Miner lead by 1, 5-3 Miners.

UTEP heads into the 3rd Period up by 3. Both Miners and Eagles exchange goals, but as the clock winds down Miners secure their 3rd win of the weekend with the final goal with 10 sec remaining from Jon Sanca.

Next weekend the Miners head to College Station to take on Texas A&M for a two game road series. Before returning home, the Miners will complete the series against North Texas at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter – Farmers Branch.

The Miners open their home schedule October 14th and 15th. For ticket information visit

UTEP 5, TCU 1 – Game 1 [Sept. 23] UTEP 4, TCU 1 – Game 2 [Sept. 24] UTEP 8, North Texas 4 – Game 1 [Sept. 25] Author: UTEP Hockey

‘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.

‘Ice’ Miners Join Newly-Created Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference

The “Ice” Miners, only months removed from from the end of their season, announce Thursday their membership in a brand-new collegiate hockey league made up of Texas-only teams.

With two specific hockey clubs focusing on the future of hockey – UTEP Miners Hockey Club coached by Tom Herman and the Texas A&M Aggies Hockey Club coached by Sean Boyle, the path to a new conference was set.

These two coaches in particular are reshaping hockey on the collegiate level with the help of all hockey enthusiasts that want to bring more teams to Texas. This is something crucial for Herman as he pointed out, “I hope to see it continue to grow. It’s a great opportunity for the players so they don’t have to stop playing just because they are going to school.”

Both men have a vast amount of experience dealing with hockey which is why they continue to work towards the same goal and that is to help hockey prosper. In order for hockey to thrive in Texas, the people involved decided to create the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC).

“It is a new Texas Conference at the club hockey level. There are two divisions; each division plays a home and home series. You also play cross division games” Herman stated.

The TCHC is a conference within the ACHA Western Division 2 region where there are 8 teams from two divisions; the North and South Divisions. These two divisions then compete with each other in order to proceed to the final round which is the play-offs to determine the winner of the hockey tournament.

The North Division consists of Texas Tech University, Dallas Baptist University, Texas Christian University (TCU) and University of North Texas (UNT). The South Division consists of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Texas State University, Texas A&M, University of Texas at Austin.

The TCHC is headed toward a path that will encourage all ages to pick up that hockey stick and puck while promoting the importance of community to each player and fan. Community outreach is something that gives those future hockey players and fans the opportunity to understand that although they are committed to this game, they are also committed to the city in which they live in.

The reasons why TCHC was created was to ensure that everyone would be able to follow the rules while communicating with one another and to help the hockey programs prosper throughout Texas. When asked why it was created, Tom Herman stated “it was formed to give Texas Hockey structure, teams now have a set schedule along with a playoff format.”

The reason why TCHC is so crucial is because this is how the program will be able to be recognized and thrive. For Boyle’s reasoning, he states that the “two main things will be much better communication between teams and that all teams will be following ACHA/TCHC bylaws and rules.”

For any person who does not follow hockey, you might feel flabbergasted when you hear that there are indeed hockey teams in Texas that are a part of the TCHC.

Boyle believes that continuing this will reveal how important these programs are for all ages.

“I will do my best to continue promoting youth hockey.  The A&M team goes into elementary schools and in the past helped with programs at the local rink.  So we will continue going into schools and doing our part to make sure young kids know about hockey and act as positive role models,” Boyle said.

Boyle added, “(this) paves a way to the attention that will improve these programs to the point that there will be an increase in potential hockey players in Texas. There is no doubt that hockey will continue to grow in Texas because in our state sports are a part of us; we grow up playing and learning about them. This is something that is not going to be stopped any time soon…it will be great to see more Texas teams join each year. There is plenty of room for growth and it all starts at the local level.”

In El Paso, we are always looking for ways to grow our youth program and give the players the opportunity to grow within our own age organization. With the UTEP Hockey Club, we can now offer hockey at every age group” said Herman.

For now, the focus is on the upcoming season and whether this new conference will increase the chances of the attention that TCHC needs to achieve these goals. No matter what happens, the people devoted to these programs in Texas are ready to give it their all.

When asked about the enthusiasm for the coaches, fans and players because of the conference, Boyle stated “I think it will be very exciting to the coaches in the fact that hopefully it will help them in recruiting.  For players, that all depends on the school. Some schools at this point are at different points in their programs maturation, but of course all players get a little more amped knowing that each game counts in standings towards a play-off seeding.”

Despite the differences in the programs level of development, it will not prevent any team from becoming pumped throughout their time on the team. This is something that Boyle and many others believe what will increase the game play as soon as they skate onto the ice. “And the fans, it would be nice to see college hockey on the same level as some of the major football/basketball conferences and bring in more fans to each game.

I know UTEP brings in a ton of fans and for some other schools it depends on who they are playing, but it would be nice to see packed houses each night.”

In the end what matters most is that the TCHC continues to work toward their goals in positive attention to the hockey world and those who are unfamiliar to it. The key is to never lose sight of that objective and continue to strive toward accomplishing it.

“The goal of the TCHC for hockey in Texas is to bring a more positive light to the college hockey programs in the state and attract the more skilled players that are heading out of Texas to play elsewhere at this point in time due to perception of college hockey here in the state,” Boyle said.

2016-17 Season Tickets are on sale now! To purchase 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


Story in Six Pics: UTEP Hockey defeats UNM 8 to 5

The Miner Hockey Team continues to roll, splitting the series vs the UNM Lobos with Saturday night’s 8 to 5 win. Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view in this Story in Six Pics.

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Miners split series with UNM; win 8-5 Saturday night

After dropping the first game against the University of New Mexico Lobos Friday night, the Ice Miners came roaring back on Saturday night, dropping the frozen dogs 8 to 5.

UNm at Utep H-111Prior to Friday’s loss, the Miners had a five game win streak after sweeping Texas Tech at home during their home opening weekend.  The Miners offense has been coming from the line of Znosko, Rezaeepour and Regnier.  They continue to get solid goaltending from Lazarski while Dam and Loiselle continue to hold down the back end.

El Paso and Albuquerque are no strangers to the I-25 Rivalry for hockey dating back to the El Paso Buzzards and New Mexico Scorpions days then followed by the El Paso Rhinos and New Mexico Renegades.

The Coronado and Franklin Club Composite Varsity teams also face off against high school teams from Albuquerque and area.

The new Miners Hockey Club and established Lobos look to renew the rivalry for years to come.  The Miners now turn their attention to Texas State on the 20th.

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Fresh off Texas Tech sweep, Miner Hockey preps for UNM

Fresh off of last weekend’s domination of the Texas Tech RedRaiders Hockey team, the Miners now prepare for old rival UNM Lobos next weekend. The Miners have now won 5 straight, and look to continue that streak.

Entering the final game last weekend, the Miners didn’t let off the gas from Friday night entering Saturday’s game.

Playing in front of another great crowd, the Miners would open the scoring less than 3 minutes into the game as Jeramy Rezaeepour scoring first once again.  Lukas Znosko would follow suit less than 5 minutes later to put the Miners up 2-0 half way through the first period. Texas Tech would pull within 1 goal, however the Miners would score two more to close out the first period 4-2.

During the second period, both teams traded chances, however it was Texas Tech scoring first to make the game 4-3 half way through.  Anthony Regnier would put the Miners up 2 once again as the second period would come to a close – 5-3 Miners.

The third period was filled with penalties as both teams allowed their emotions to boil over.  However, it was the Miners that would take advantage as they would score an even strength and two power play goals to go up 8-3.

Tech would score on the power play late in the game, however the Miners finished off the Red Raiders 8-4. Next up for the Miners are the University of New Mexico Lobos November 6th and 7th.

The Miners Hockey Club would once again like to thank all of the fans for coming out to support the club.

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