Preview: Miners host TCHC Newcomer ETBU in Season Finale
02/01/2018, 3:15pm MST
By By Tricia Luna // UTEP Hockey Club
Miners head into final home stand of the season in 1st place.
Photo Credit: Tricia Luna
EL PASO, Texas – The Miners will host the East Texas Baptist University Tigers in their final home stand of the season, Friday (2/2) at 11am and Saturday (2/3) at 3:30pm. Following a 0-3 start on the season, the TCHC Champs have gone on to improve to 17-9 overall. Coach Herman comments on the final home stand, “Looking forward to closing out the season this coming weekend. It’s been a great season at home this year and we look forward to ending on a high note.”
Miners vs Tigers
This will be the first meeting between both teams as the ETBU joined the TCHC conference at the start of this season. Currently, 12-5 on the season ETBU has notable wins over Texas A&M, Dallas Baptist, North Texas and Auburn University.
Scouting the Tigers
ETBU is led by Forward Riley Knott and Michael Garvie who each have 56 and 44 points this season. Knott leads with 20 goals and 36 assists. While Garvie has scored 26 goals this season. Goaltender Nick Bozzuto has logged 1082 minutes in net for the Tigers as the only starting goalie for the season. Bozzuto has allowed 78 goals, 4.32 per game and has 372 saves this season.
Science on Ice
This Friday, the Miners will host their final Science on Ice home game. Over 900 students will be in attendance at Friday’s game. Throughout the game, students will learn about the science behind the sport of hockey. From the science applied when creating ice to how skates are made, students will enjoy a fun educational day at the rink.
Fan Appreciation Day/Senior Day
The Miners will honor Senior Forward Josh Baeza before the game. Baeza has played for the Miners for the last 3 seasons. As part of the inaugural team, Baeza also played a role in creating the club team on campus by petitioning the Recreational Department to start the club. Baeza will graduate in May with a degree in Finance. The business major will play his final game at the El Paso County Events Center this Saturday. In their final home game of the season, the Miners will honor their fans at their Fan Appreciation game.
Quick Miner Facts
Miners are 17-9 overall, 16-4 in conference play.
UTEP is in 1st place in TCHC.
Freshman Dominik Taras leads the Miners in points and goals scored (28 G, 24 A).
Junior Goaltender, Alek Lazarski averages 3.28 goals against and a .893 save percentage.
The Miners will head to Austin, Texas for the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference Playoffs. Playoffs start February 8th.