PREVIEW: Miners head east to face DBU Patriots
10/25/2019, 7:45am MDT
By Tricia Luna // UTEP Hockey Club
Miners play before Allen Americans game on Saturday, Oct. 26
El PASO, Texas – Following another dominating sweep at home against the TCU Horned Frogs the Miners will pack their bags for an east Texas showdown against the Dallas Baptist Patriots. The two-game series kicks off Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT, with game two Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT. Saturday's matchup will be played at the Allen Events Center prior to the Allen Americans (ECHL) game against Idaho Steelheads.
Miners vs Patriots
This will be the first meeting between the Miners and Patriots in this season. Last season, the Miners swept the Patriots at home with a 12-3 win in game one and an 8-2 win in game two. UTEP and DBU are 7-0 overall having played against each other since 2015. During that time, UTEP has scored 44 goals against DBU.
Scouting the Patriots
The Patriots are currently 6-7 overall, 6-2 in conference play this season. Sitting in second place in the north division of TCHC. Last weekend, DBU swept Texas State with a 10-1 win in game one and a 7-6 win in game two. Randall Miller returns between the pipes for the Patriots and has logged 162 minutes for the Patriots in eight games. Miller has allowed 27 goals this season, 10 per game and has a save percentage of .847. Trenton Lee and Spence Cowand return for DBU and lead the Patriots with 17 and 15 points, respectfully. Lee has scored 10 goals with seven assists, while Cowand has nine goals and six assists.
Quick Miner Facts
UTEP is currently 8-0 this season.
Sophomore Austin Simpson leads the team with 21 points (12 G, 9A).