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Miners clinch regular season title

01/23/2019, 9:00am MST
By Staff // minershockey.com

Miners victorious in final road trip of the regular season

EL PASO -- Four days, sixty-seven goals and 720 minutes on the ice later the Miners find themselves in first place in the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC) and have been crowned the regular season champions.

Thursday night, the Miners would faceoff against TCU in game one of the four-game road trip. Prystayko got the nod in net and would make 14 saves, giving up one goal for a .933 save percentage. Freshman center Carlo Wittor scored three goals, his fifth hat trick of the season. Returning sophomore Quincy Childress scored two goals in his third game of the season following his season debut Monday against the Longhorns. The Miners outshot the Horned Frogs, 72-15, to win 9-1.

Now 18-1-1-1, the Miners are now T-1st with the Longhorns.

Back against the Horned Frogs Friday night, Carlo Wittor and Austin Simpson topped the score sheet with six points, scoring two goals with four assists each. Matt Sanca and Dominik Taras also had a great night adding two goals each. Prystayko back in net for the Miners stopped every shot coming his way earning him his second shutout of the season.

Miners complete the sweep with a 12-0 win in game two against TCU and improve to 8-0 overall and successfully take 1st place in TCHC.

With two games down and two more to go, Miners set their sights on their next opponent, the reigning TCHC Conference Champions the North Texas Mean Green. Scoring seven goals in the first period, the Miners continued their dominance outshooting the Mean Green 81-20, winning the game 23-0. The high scoring game saw three hat tricks for Wittor, Simpson and Fabian Calderon, Calderon’s first of the season.  

Ready to cap off the final road trip of the regular season, the Miners were back for the final game against North Texas. Prystayko in net for his sixth game in a row, would remain perfect once again and earn his third shutout of the season in the 23-0 win.

Now with sole possession of first place, the Miners with 45 points would clinch the regular season title.

Miners close out the regular season, Feb. 1-2, at home against the Texas State Bobcats. Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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