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.