Cameron McDonald scored with 2:54 remaining in regulation to lift the Ice Jacks over the Matadors 4-3.
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Matadors drop first game in Flagstaff
Oct 25, 2014 1:00 AM
Northern Arizona jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and hung on the rest of the way to beat the Matadors 6-3.
Ben Russell struck first for NAU at 8:47. Zach Fader then increased the lead at 7:25. Jake Smets and Greg Park also potted goals late in the period.
The Matadors got their legs in the second and narrowed the gap to within two on goals from Andrew Monesi and Alex Reints. NAU struck back though on goals from Benoit Cousineau and Tyler Giovannetti.
In the third Reints scored his second of the game shorthanded.
The Matadors finish the two game series Saturday night at 8:30 PM. You can listen to the game by clicking on the broadcast link.
Matadors head to Flagstaff this weekend
Oct 21, 2014 2:53 PM
After going 4-1 on their longest home stand of the season the Matadors will head out on their first road trip this weekend to Flagstaff, AZ to take on Northern Arizona.
This will be the first time the Matadors will play NAU's Division 2 team. This will also be the Matadors first two WCHC conference games.
The Ice Jacks have become one of the power houses in the West Region. They have made Nationals two out of the last three years. Their first trip to Nationals wasn’t successful as they lost all three games and were outscored 20-3. But last season NAU did much better in a very tough pool. They went 1-2 losing to eventual National Champion New Hampshire by only two and beat Grand Valley State, who won the National Championship in 2011 and was runner up in 2012 and 2013, 6-2. They finished 9th in the Nation.
They have had a great start to this season as well going 6-1. Their only loss came in their first game of the season to Division 1 Arizona.
You can listen to both games by clicking on the broadcast link. Both games start at 8:30 PM.
Matadors end home stand with win over Cal Lutheran
Oct 18, 2014 11:59 AM
The Matadors started slow but eventually got their legs to beat Cal Lutheran 9-3 and go 4-1 on their longest home stand of the season.
With Cal Lu leading 2-1 the Matadors scored five straight goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Matt Alesse fired home a shot past Eric McDonald with just 45 seconds remaining in the first to start the rally. In the second Max Goen and Andrew Monesi scored on breakaways, Alex Reints struck on the power play and Ellis Bourgoujian received a pass from Brian Carcerano after Carcerano dangled through three Knights in the neutral zone.
Paul Norick narrowed the lead early in the third but that's as close as Cal Lu got. The Matadors answered with goals from Alesse, Reints and Carcerano on the power play.
Joey Janowski, a San Diego State alum now working on his masters at Cal Lu, opened the scoring at 13:08 of the first. Tyler Blackwell scored his first career goal at 5:15. Tyler Tardiff gave Cal Lu their second lead at 4:34.
The Matadors were a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play.
Kevin Noonan won his second straight start making 29 saves.
Matadors conclude longest home stand of season Friday
Oct 16, 2014 11:29 AM
The Matadors will finish up their season long five game home stand Friday night against Cal Lutheran.
Cal Lu also calls the Simi Valley Iceoplex their home rink. They will be the "home" team Friday. The other game between the two teams will be January 24. The Matadors will be the "home" team that night.
So far the Matadors have gone 3-1 on this important home stand to start the season. After dropping their home opener to UNLV they have won three straight.
The Knights used to play in the PCHA, the Matadors old conference, years ago. This is their second season since re-starting their program. The Knights play in the NCHA, the rival league to the ACHA, and belong to the Southwest Conference within the NCHA along with Chapman, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Ventura College.
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