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.