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.