Game Recaps: Longhorns sweep Texas State and win season series 4-0

The Longhorns played the Texas State Bobcats for the final 2 TCHC games between the two this season. Texas won the Friday contest 14-2 featuring Tristan Davantes first goal as a Longhorn. Saturday, the Longhorns completed the season sweep of Texas State by the score of 9-1. 

11/10/17: Texas State (2) vs Texas (14)- Off of a disappointing defeat to Texas A&M, the Longhorns came out flat to start the game Friday. Texas State's Connor Roche scored the first goal 5 minutes into the first period. Senior Garrett Cox answered minutes later with his first of the game, assisted by Ethan Chun- who would finish with 5 assists in the game. Roche scored the next goal for Texas State to put the Bobcats up 2-1, however, after that it was all Longhorns. Garrett Cox scored his second of the night again assisted by Chun to even the score going into the first intermission. 

From the first drop of the puck in the 2nd period, the Longhorn offense couldn't be slowed. Michael Fernandes scored 24 seconds into the period off of a feed from Junior Ryo Yoshida. Quickly after, Cox would complete the hat trick with assists from Sophomore Kevin Chen and Ryo Yoshida- his second of the night. From there the Longhorns continued to dominate. Michael Fernandes added his second of the night unassisted, then Freshman Shaan Greenberg buried a rebound off of a shot from fellow Freshman Stewart Russell to bring the Longhorn lead to 6-2. Sophomore Nic Samadian scored on a late power play in the period assisted by Alec Pillar and Ethan Chun for the Longhorn's first special teams goal of the game and bringing the period to an end with a 7-2 lead. 

That would be the last of the Texas State starting goalie, and from there the Longhorns would thoroughly dominate the 3rd period. Garrett Cox scored his 4th goal of the night off of another assist by Chun a minute and a half into the period. Kevin Chen followed with a goal assisted by Cox and Chun, who each finished with 5 points in the game. Texas State tightened up defensively until Alec Pillar scored his first of the night off of a pass from Chris Bilec and Junior Tristan Davantes. A minute and a half later, Davantes scored his first career goal as a Longhorn- assisted by Chris Bilec. Continuing the pace, the Longhorn offense scored 30 seconds later with an unassisted goal by Nic Samadian, his second of the night. Captain Joe Kurita would score the Longhorn's 13th goal and 6th goal in 10 minutes against the Bobcats, with Tristan Davantes picking up the assist for his 3rd point of the night. Up 13-2, the Longhorns scored their final goal of the game from a shot by Alec Pillar assisted by Max Baryshevstev and Nic Samadian to bring the final score to 14-2 Longhorns. 

 

11/11/17: Texas (9) vs Texas State (1)- After a dominating win the night before, the Saturday affair started similarly. Texas State's Scott Brownrigg scored after getting behind the Longhorn defense. However, like Friday night, the Longhorns would dominate the remainder of the game.  Assistant Captain Ethan Chun scored his first of the game after a pass by Sophomore Nolan Burdett. Michael Fernandes would score next unassisted to bring the Longhorn lead to 2-1 at intermission. 

Two quick goals put the game out of reach for Texas State in the second period. Alec Pillar scored 43 seconds into the period off of a pass from Michael Fernandes and Joe Kurita. Seven seconds later Senior Garrett Cox would score the first of his natural hat trick assisted by Ethan Chun. Cox next goal would come on the power play after a series of passes from Michael Fernandes and Chris Bilec. Garrett finished the hat trick with a goal from a pass by Nolan Burdett and Freshman Defenseman Will Russell. Up 6-1, the Longhorns added their 7th of the game when Chris Bilec scored his first of the game assisted by Chun and Burdett. 

With a firm lead in the third period, the Longhorns cruised to victory. Alec Pillar again led the period with a goal scoring his second of the game off of a pass from Joe Kurita and Michael Fernandes, who completed the playmaker. Ethan Chun scored the 9th goal of the game for the Longhorns assisted by Garrett Cox to bring the game to the final score of 9-1. With that final score, the Longhorns clinched a TCHC playoff berth becoming the first team to do so in the 2017-2018 season. 

Longhorns ranked #10 in the initial ACHA Rankings

The first ACHA Rankings came out for the Western Region on November 8th, with the Longhorns ranked #10. In order to qualify for the ACHA Regional playoffs, teams must either win their conference or finish ranked in the top 12. 

The #10 ranking is the highest in program history for the Longhorns. The Longhorns previously received votes as the #17 ranked team in the West, however, this ranking represents the first time the Longhorns have been the highest ranked team in Texas, with the Aggies of Texas A&M coming in at #14. 

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Game Recaps: Longhorns come back from the break to sweep TCU

After a three week break that included two forfeit wins against Texas Tech, the Longhorns followed up with two strong wins against TCU. With a combination of strong goaltending and the Longhorn's potent offense, the Longhorns improved to 8-0 in TCHC conference play. 

10/27/17: TCU (3) vs Texas (7)- The Longhorns returned from their annual Fall Break with a quick goal five minutes into the period by defenseman Chris Bilec. Driving the puck wide, Bilec was able to cut back to the middle and tuck the puck far side. The rest of the period was controlled by the Longhorns, who outshot TCU 20-8, but failed to break through for a second goal. 

Similarly to the first period, the Longhorns started the second period off with a quick back door goal from captain Joe Kurita, assisted by Chris Bilec and Garrett Cox. Minutes later, the Longhorns would take advantage of a TCU holding penalty with their first power play goal of the game from Garrett Cox, assisted by Nolan Burdett and Shaan Greenberg. Continuing the pace from the first period, the Longhorns outshot TCU 20-7 to bring the overall score to 3-0 at the end of the second. 

Down 3-0, TCU would not go quietly. The Horned Frogs scored two quick goals to start the third, however, only 10 seconds after bringing the deficit to 1, Alec Pillar scored from the far side assisted by Cox and Kurita to bring the Longhorn lead to 4-2. The Longhorns would continue with their second power play goal of the evening from Garrett Cox, assisted by Chris Bilec. Not satisfied with a 5-2 lead, Junior Michael Fernandes scored his first goal of the season unassisted to bring the lead to 6-2 and put the Longhorns firmly in control. After a TCU goal cut the lead to 6-3, Freshman Shaan Greenberg scored on the empty net for his 6th goal of the season, bringing the Longhorn lead to the final score of 7-3. 

10/28/17: TCU (1) vs Texas (9)- After a commanding win the night before, the Longhorns picked up right where they left off. Forward Alec Pillar scored his first of three goals to begin the Longhorn scoring run off a rebound assisted by Joe Kurita and Garrett Cox. Cox would follow up with next Longhorn goal with a shot off of the face-off win by Joe Kurita to bring the Longhorn lead to 2-0 midway through the first period. Assistant Captain Ethan Chun scored the next Longhorn goal with a shot from the point to increase the Longhorn lead to 3-0 going into the first intermission. 

The second period continued much like the first, with the Longhorns dominating the pace of play. Chris Bilec added his first of the night with another Longhorn goal scored from the point. Up 4-0, Garrett Cox would add his second of the night off of a feed from Joe Kurita completing the second period with a 5-0 lead. 

While Junior goaltender David Hutto had denied every TCU opportunity the first two periods, the Frogs started the third period with a power play goal, their only of the night. From there it was all Longhorns. Alec Pillar added his second of the night unassisted, then the Longhorn power play went to work. Sophomore Kevin Chen scored his 5th goal of the season off of a beautiful feed from Nic Samadian on the power play. Back on the power play again, the Longhorns answered the call again with Chris Bilec scoring off of a feed from Joe Kurita- his 4th assist of the night. With 2:16 left in the game, Alec Pillar completed the hat trick with a power play goal assisted by Nic Samadian and Ethan Chun to bring the game to the final score of 9-1. 

 The Longhorns continue next weekend against Texas A&M University. The Longhorns go on the road Friday Night, but play the Aggies at home Sunday, 2:00pm,  at the HEB Center. 

Game Recaps: Longhorns sweep Northwestern to improve to 6-0

The Longhorns continued their hot start to the season by sweeping Northwestern (ACHA D3) by the scores of 9-1 Friday night, and 10-1 Saturday night. 

9/28: Northwestern (1) vs Texas (9)- It was a pair of special teams goals that got the Longhorns started in the first period Friday, the first of two non-conference conference games against Northwestern. Nolan Burdett scored his 6th goal of the season shorthanded via a feed from Michael Fernandes, putting the Longhorns up 1-0 early in the game. Max Baryshevstev would later in the period score a power play goal with assists from Nic Samadian and Ethan Chun to put the Longhorns up 2-0 at the end of 1. 

Northwestern would score quickly to start the second period, cutting the deficit to one, but after that it was all Longhorns. Alec Pillar and Ryo Yoshida each scored within two minutes with assists from Garrett Cox to bring the Longhorn lead to 4-1. After that, the Longhorns controlled play before ultimately breaking through again with a goal by Nic Samadian, assisted by Joe Kurita, to increase the Longhorn lead to 5-1 going into the second intermission. 

In the first 5 minutes of the third period, the Longhorns would not be denied. Alec Pillar started the Longhorn run with an assist from Garret Cox and Steven Saiki. Pillar's line would follow up with another goal from freshman Shaan Greenberg, his third of the year, assisted by Cox and Pillar. Kevin Chen scored next off of a feed from Michael Fernandes, his second of the game, and Senior Ben Wallace, bringing the Longhorn lead to 8-1. Garrett Cox, who would finish with 5 points, scored his first goal of the game with six and a half minutes remaining assisted by Shaan Greenberg and Alec Pillar, his 5th point of the night as well, to bring the Longhorn lead to the final score of 9-1. 

Goaltender Sean Kuehn stopped 34 of 35 shots, bringing his goals against average to 2.33 for the season with a 93% save percentage. 

 

9/29: Northwestern (1) vs Texas (10)- While the Longhorns dominated the tempo and pace of play, they were unable to break through in the opening minutes of the game. Sophomore Nic Samadian started the Longhorns off with his second goal of the weekend on a great outlet pass, assisted by Captain Joe Kurita. Kurita continued the pace for the Longhorns offense, scoring the second goal of the night for the Longhorns, assisted by Alec Pillar and Garrett Cox. To finish the period, Freshman Shaan Greenberg took matters into his own hands- going end to end on Northwestern and scoring five hole to put the Longhorns up 3-0 going in to intermission. 

On the first shift of the second period, Sophomore Kevin Chen scored his second goal of the weekend, assisted by Michael Fernandes. Nolan Burdett answered next for the Longhorns to bring the lead to 5-0, assisted by defenseman Ben Wallace. From there, Ethan Chun scored two goals of his own with a pair of assists from Nolan Burdett, as well as Senior Steven Saiki and Shaan Greenberg. With 4:43 left in the second period, Northwestern scored their only goal of the game off of a turnover in the defensive zone to make the game 7-1 after two. 

Texas would cruise through the third period from there. Nolan Burdett and Shaan Greenberg both scored power play goals for the Longhorns with assists from Alec Pillar and Kevin Chen. Up 9-1 late in the third period, Garrett Cox scored a short handed goal with assists from Alec Pillar, his second playmaker of the weekend, and Joe Kurita- to bring the Longhorns to the final score of 10-1. 

Junior goaltender David Hutto won his third game of the season, stopping 44 of 45 shots in the game. 

Game Recaps: Longhorns offense off to hot start

The Texas Longhorns offense led the way to victory through the first 4 games, scoring a combined 41 goals. The Longhorns are off to their first 4-0 start since 2009-2010. 

9/15: Texas State (2) vs Texas (11)- It was a day of firsts for the Longhorns. The Texas Longhorns drew first blood in the 2017-2018 season with a goal from Sophomore Nolan Burdett, his first as a Texas Longhorn. Texas State eventually answered, and the result was a 1-1 tie to end the 1st Period. 

The Longhorns quickly responded in the 2nd period. Freshman Stewart Russell scored his first goal, followed by assistant captain Ethan Chun and Alec Pillar who was the third of four Longhorns to score their first career goal. Max Baryshevtsev and Nic Samadian also put two in the net in the second period to bring the Longhorn lead to 6-2. 

From there the Longhorns would pull away. Ethan Chun and Chris Bilec led the period off with two unassisted goals. Shaan Greenberg would later score his first goal as a Longhorn and finish the game with 1 goal and 3 assists. Bilec followed with his second of the game and Chun finished the game with the hat trick- the first Longhorn hat trick of the season. Goaltender Sean Kuehn turned in a good performance allowing only two goals on 28 shots. 

 

9/16: Texas (14) at Texas State (8)- Despite a slow start, the Longhorns offense continued where it left off in game two against Texas State at the Barn. Texas State led the game off with a 2-0 lead, however, it would not last for long. Captain Joe Kurita scored an unassisted goal, then Sophomore Kevin Chen answered with the tying goal off of a pass from Ethan Chun. The Longhorns and Bobcats would trade two more goals each with Garret Cox scoring unassisted and Nolan Burdett scoring on the power play. 

Texas State would start the 2nd period scoring two goals to bring their lead to 6-4. From there, it was all Longhorns, scoring five unanswered goals. Chris Bilec led off with a power play goal then Kevin Chen followed up with his second of the game. Senior defenseman Steven Saiki added two of his own before Joe Kurita scored the final Longhorn goal of the period with two minutes remaining to bring the score to 9-6 Longhorns. 

Texas continued to pour on the goals in the 3rd period with Kurita completing the hat trick followed by Ethan Chun's 4th goal of the season. Nolan Burdett would finish the game with two more goals as well for the hat trick and Garrett Cox would add his second of the game with assists from Chris Bilec and Henry Shin. 

 

9/22: North Texas (3) vs Texas (7)- The Longhorns looked to continue their 8 game winning streak against the North Division with a two game series against UNT, and the offense did not disappoint. Chris Bilec scored the opener with a wrist shot from center ice, then Ethan Chun added another with assists from Garrett Cox and Chris Bilec. With the period coming to an end, the Longhorns took a 2-0 lead into intermission. 

UNT responded with two quick goals to even up the game. From there, the Longhorns scored four unanswered goals. Alec Pillar and Ethan Chun started the scoring barrage for Texas with Chun scoring the first of three power play goals. 

Despite a 4-2 lead, the Longhorn offense kept going. Garrett Cox scored two magnificent goals of his own to start the 3rd period. Down 6-2, UNT scored a short handed goal only for the Longhorn power play to answer with another goal from Garrett Cox completing the hat trick and the 4th hat trick for the Longhorns in 3 games. The Longhorns would hold on to win 7-3. 

 

9/23: North Texas (4) vs Texas (9)- With their last TCHC Conference Game until the end of October, the Longhorns looked to complete the sweep for the 2nd straight year against UNT. Shaan Greenberg started the game off with a goal, assisted by Nic Samadian and Joe Kurita. Garrett Cox continued his hot start scoring his 6th goal of the season. Nolan Burdett followed with a goal assisted by Michael Fernandes and Chris Bilec, giving the Longhorns a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission. 

From there, the Longhorns would take over. Alec Pillar and Chris Bilec started the period off with two quick goals, followed by Garrett Cox and Pillar again- bringing the Longhorn lead to 7-0. UNT would respond with two power play goals and the Longhorns went into intermission with a 7-2 commanding lead on the Eagles. 

The third period would start with a pair of Longhorns completing a hat trick. Garrett Cox would score his third of the game and 8th of the season. Alec Pillar continued the trend scoring his third as well, becoming the 5th Longhorn to score a hat trick in the first four games. Texas would finish the game with a 9-4 win.