Photo courtesy UTEP Hockey
ALLEN, TX – The Miners wasted no time on the road in Dallas, as they swept the Dallas Baptist University Patriots this weekend. With Saturday’s win, the Miners have now won 10 games in a row.
Going back to game one on Friday night, the Miners got on the board quickly with an early first period goal.
Matt Sanca opened the scoring for UTEP with a goal assisted by Austin Simpson and Donald Alchin. Jake Kopinski fed Donald Alchin in front of the net, extending the Miner lead to two goals.
Back for the second period, DBU gets one past UTEP goalie Scott Kasaboski to come within one goal. Right back on the attack, UTEP’s Simpson – on a pass from Alchin – scores 15:03 into the second period and the Miners increase their lead to two goals at the end of the second period.
Right after the puck drops for the final frame, Simpson scores unassisted at 6:25 in the third period, his second goal of the night. Adding to the Miners tally, Dominik Taras on the power play scores making it a 5-1 Miners lead with 5:06 left to play.
Patriots fail to answer and the Miners hold on for their ninth straight win of the season.
Back for game two on Saturday night the Patriots strike first, but the Miners don’t let that lead last long as Dominik Taras assisted by Carlo Wittor evens the score.
Both sides head to the locker room tied at one after 20 minutes of play.
Following a couple penalties, Alchin finds the back of the net and the Miners take their first lead of the game. Shortly after that, Taras -assisted by Wittor – gives the Miners some extra cushion with a two goal lead.
With a late penalty by Fabian Perez at the end of the second, the Miners started the third period on the penalty kill. Shortly after the puck droped, Alchin – off a feed from Simpson – buries one in the net for his second goal of the game.
Before the sting of that goal can wear off, Simpson gets his name on the board for the sixth Miner goal of the game and second shorthanded goal of the game. And in true dramatic fashion, Dominik Taras assisted by Carlo Wittor scores making it three Miner goals in under five minutes and completes the hat trick.
The third period chaos continues as the Patriots score a couple more. Then the Miners do it again, another pair of back-to-back goals by Simpson and Alchin — his third of the game — about 20 seconds apart. The score is now 9-2 with a little more than 10 minutes to go in the final frame. But the Miners are not done yet, as Jon Sanca scores his first of the season to bring the Miners tally to 10 goals to the Patriots two.
The Patriots would go on to score two goals late in third, but the Miners would hold on to complete the sweep with a 10-4 win.