The UTEP Miners may have played host to the Patriots of Dallas Baptist Friday morning, but they were anything but cordial, dominating them 12-3.
The Ice Miners got off to a quick start, as Fabian Calderon, Carlo Wittor and Austin Simpson tallied three goals for the Miners within the first 10 minutes of the opening period.
Matt Sanca added a shorthanded goal to cushion the lead to 4-0 with five minutes to go in the first. The Patriots answered with a score of their own, with just over a minute to go in the period.
The second period started much like the first for the Miners, as Fabian Perez scored his first goal of the afternoon and opening the ‘goal floodgates for the Miners; with Wittor and Sanca each notching their second goals of the game.
Patriots answered on a subsequent power play and cut the Miner lead to five. But the red-hot Miners came back as Simpson set up Wittor for a score and completing the hat trick, putting the Miners up by six goals at the end of the second period.
With only 20 minutes left to play, Wittor – once again assisted by Simpson – tallies his fourth goal of the game making the score, 9-2.
Thirty seconds later the duo of Simpson and Wittor would find the net again, this time Simpson scoring the goal. While Patriots countered to get one past Angus Campbell, Wittor dished out two more goals, bringing his total to six goals, leading the Miners to win game one, 12-3.
Carlo Wittor had eight points in Friday’s game, scoring six goals and two assists. Wittor is now tied for 2nd with Austin Simpson in goals scored (20). He now has two hat tricks on the season and has a total of 43 points.
Wittor now holds the club record for most goals scored in a game (6) which was previously held by Jeramy Rezaeepour and Lukas Znosko (4).
Austin Simpson had seven points in Friday’s contest, scoring two goals and had five assists. Simpson now leads the team with 54 points. (20-34=54) He is T-2nd with Carlo Wittor in goals scored (20). Simpson was credited an assist on four of Wittor’s goal.
Angus Campbell made 48 saves against the Patriots and now has a .922 save percentage overall. Campbell is now 9-2 on the season.
Game two is set for 3:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon. Tickets are only $7 for any seat in the rink and are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, online and at the Coliseum Events Center Ticket Booth, which opens an hour and a half before game time.