El Paso -- Feeding off the energy of the an 8-2 win the previous night, the Miners met the Longhorns at center ice for game one of the two game series. John-Luke Prystako gets the nod and starts in goal for the second time this season.
Off to a slow start, the period would remain scoreless until Austin Simpson, off a pass from Jorge Duenas, would open the scoring. Longhorns would fire back with a goal to tie the game with over a minute left in the first period. At the buzzer, both teams would head to the locker room knotted at one.
Back for the second period, Longhorns don’t wait too long before Alec Pillar scores giving the Longhorns their first lead of the game. Longhorns get called for having Too Many Men on the ice and the Miners go on the Power Play. With thirty-six second remaining in the Longhorn penalty, Carlo Wittor ties the game at two. Longhorns get two goals passed Prystayko and take the lead, 4-2, the fifth lead change of the night. Down by two, Angus Campbell goes in for Prystayko but the Longhorns keep their lead at the end of the forty minutes.
The puck drops for the final frame. Longhorns are called for interference and the Miners take advantage of the power play as Carlo Wittor connects with Jason Moore and the Miners are within one goal with under four minutes to play. Miners keep pushing and Jon Sanca scores tying the game with two minutes and nineteen minutes left in the third period. With under a minutes remaining, Miners call a timeout.
The score remains tied at the end of regulation.
Puck drops for overtime. With two minutes left, Longhorns score, winning game one, 5-4.
Back the following morning, game two gets off to a quick start with a goal scored by the Longhorns. Kevin Duncan puts the Miners on the board and the game is tied at one. Followed by a goal from Jayden Ritchie, giving the Miners their first lead of the game. Longhorns would answer back and the score is tied at the buzzer.
Longhorns get called for tripping and serve a double minor and the Miners would play 5-on-4 for the next four minutes. Taking advantage of the power play, Jake Kopinksi find the back of the net, scoring his first goal as a Miner. Miners would add two more goals by Austin Simpson and Noah Vanderzwan making the score, 5-2, at the end of the 2nd period.
Miners score the lone goal of the third period and split the series with the Longhorns with a 6-2 win Sunday afternoon.
The Miners finish the weekend, 2-1 in conference play, 4-1 overall.
Following the bye week, the Miners will head back out on the road to face off against Texas A&M and Texas State.
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