Game Recaps

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. 

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.