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Miners split final home series against ETBU

02/06/2018, 10:45pm MST
By By Tricia Luna // UTEP Hockey Club

Ending the season 18-10 overall, 16-4 in conference the Miners finish in 2nd place in TCHC.

Photo Credit: Tricia Luna
EL PASO, Texas – In the first meeting between both teams, the Miners split the series against the East Texas Baptist University Tigers with a 4-3 loss on Friday in Game 1 (Feb. 2) and a 4-2 win in Game 2 on Saturday (Feb. 3).
With an earlier start, the puck dropped early Friday morning and the Miners were quick to get on the board. Jorge Duenas assisted by Quincy Childress and Noah Vanderzwan scored a power play goal 8 minutes into the 1st period. Not long before, Jon Sanca scored giving the Miners a 2-goal lead just passed the mid-point of the period. The Tigers would answer back with 3 goals and take the lead at the end of the period.
Fabian Perez assisted by Jorge Duenas scored a power play goal to tie the score at 3. The score would remain tied at the end of the 2nd period.
Back for the final frame, the Miners would continue to push but come short as the Tigers take the lead with 7 minutes left in the 3rd period. Despite their best efforts the Miners are not able to answer and break their 10-game win streak at home with a 4-3 loss.
Ready to even the score the Miners were back ready for game 2 against ETBU. Prior to puck drop, Senior Forward Josh Baeza was honored as part of the starting line up in his final home game for the Miners.
Defenseman Kevin Duncan opens the scoring for the Miners assisted by Jorge Duenas and Alek Lazarski. Followed by a power play goal by Nick Howell giving the Miners a 2-0 lead at the end of the 1st period.
Tigers answer back and cut the Miner lead to 1 goal. Noah Vanderzwan assisted by Gabe Goodroe scores and the Miners are up 3-1 at the buzzer. After the buzzer, a fight breaks out near the net by the ETBU bench ending in penalties on both sides.
Back for the 3rd, both teams would spend plenty of time in the penalty box. Kevin Duncan scores a power play goal making it a 4-1 Miner lead. Tigers answer but the Miners hold on to their 4-2 lead and win their final game at home.
Ending the season 18-10 overall, 16-4 in conference the Miners finish in 2nd place in TCHC.
Coach Herman commented, “Our last home stand was a great tune up for the playoff tournament. It was hard hitting, fast action-packed hockey as we prepare for the playoff run. Thank you to our fans for being great all season long.”
Miners will face off against Texas A&M in Round 1 of the TCHC Playoffs, Thursday February 8th at 8pm CT at Chaparral Ice in Austin, Texas.      

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