Matadors drop game to Texas but qualify for WCHC playoffs
Jan 24, 2015 2:52 AM
It was as bitter sweet a night as a sports team could have Friday night.
On the one hand it was confirmed just after the National Anthem the Matadors would officially be going to the WCHC Playoffs as Cal State Fullerton beat Long Beach State 4-3 eliminating the 49ers. But on the other the Matadors suffered a crushing blow to their regional hopes by dropping the game 6-4 to unranked Texas.
The loss was the Matadors second in the last four games to an unranked team.
The Matadors will now look to send their graduating seniors off with one more home win against Cal Lutheran Saturday night before heading out on the road for the remainder of the season.
Matadors play final two home games this weekend
Jan 23, 2015 2:15 PM
After seven straight games away from the Simi Valley Iceoplex the Matadors return home this weekend to play their final two home games of the season.
Friday night at 9:45 PM the University of Texas comes to town. The Matadors beat the Longhorns 9-1 in the final game of their Texas road trip last season.
Saturday night at 9:15 PM the Matadors will play Cal Lutheran in the Battle of the Iceoplex Part II and celebrate the careers of their graduating seniors. The Matadors beat Cal Lu earlier this season 9-3.
The Matadors will honor Captain Eric Roberts, Kevin Noonan, Dustin Martin, Michael Standke, Josh Escoe, Jon Varkony and Max Mondrus.
Matadors win final game of showcase against Texas A&M
Jan 22, 2015 12:17 PM
Alex Reints recorded his first career hat trick and the #13 ranked Matadors beat Texas A&M 8-3 in their final game of the A&M Showcase.
After A&M struck first at 16:02 on a power play goal from Calyn Clardy the Matadors rattled off six straight goals. The first came from Reints a minute and a half later. Exactly five minutes after that the Matadors got their first lead at the showcase when Reints set up Ellis Bourgoujian on a 2-on-1. Matt Alesse then converted on the power play as did Brian Carcerano.
In the second Reints got his second of the game at 12:44 right after a power play expired. Branden Casillas joined the action also scoring right after a power play four minutes later.
In the third at 12:28 Reints made a nice move flipping the puck over the glove hand of Ethan Palmer from the right wing to earn his first career hat trick.
Kwinn Mazzilli, Casillas and Stephen Callahan were the other goal scorers in between the Matadors six straight and Reints' hat trick goal.
Matadors head to Texas for showcase
Jan 14, 2015 10:18 AM
The #13 ranked Matadors are heading to College Station, TX this weekend for a four game showcase tournament at Texas A&M.
The Matadors will play one top ten team (Arizona State-Pac 8), another ranked team (Denver) and two unranked teams (North Texas and Texas A&M).
The Matadors will start off playing against #15 Denver Friday at 2 PM Pacific. The Matadors and Pioneers have played once before in October 2012 at the San Jose State Best of the West Showcase. Denver won the game 3-1.
Next up the Matadors will play North Texas at 11 AM Pacific Saturday. The Matadors and Mean Green have played three times with each game being a one goal game. The first meeting was also at the Best of the West Showcase. UNT won 5-4. Last season UNT came out to So Cal. The Matadors won the first game 3-2 but UNT split the series with a 5-4 win the next night.
On Sunday the Matadors will face perhaps their toughest test against #7 Arizona State-Pac 8. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 PM Pacific. The Matadors and ASU-Pac 8 have never played against one another.
The Matadors will finish up the showcase against the host Texas A&M Monday at 8 AM Pacific. The Matadors are 3-0 all-time against the Aggies. Last season in College Station Alex Reints scored in overtime to lift the Matadors over the Aggies 6-5. This season A&M came out to So Cal. Brian Carcerano won game one in overtime 5-4 and the Matadors won more comfortably the next night 4-1.
You can listen to every game of the showcase by clicking on the broadcast tab.
Standke earns second career shutout in rout of Chapman
Jan 10, 2015 11:27 PM
Michael Standke earned his first career shutout in his first career start January 7, 2012 in an 11-0 win over Fresno State.
Just three days past three years exactly Standke earned his second career shutout once again in an 11-0 win this time over Chapman.
Chapman did have their chances to put one past Standke. Perhaps their best chance came in the second period when Tyler Kring was able to skate in on a breakaway. But Standke slammed the door on that attempt as well as the rest of the few chances Chapman got.
Brian Carcerano put the Matadors up first on the power play at 15:27 of the first period and they never looked back.
Josh Escoe, also on the power play, Carcerano, Tyler Blackwell, Escoe, again on the power play, and Dustin Martin finished out the first period for the Matadors on the score sheet.
In the second Branden Casillas, Pat Nelson and Carcerano, for the hat trick, all scored.
Nelson and Evan Sharpshair finished off the game in the third.
Carcerano completed his second career hat trick and Escoe put together his first career two goal game.
The Matadors kept their perfect record against Chapman intact. They are now 6-0 against the Panthers all-time.
This was also the first time Chapman was shutout this season.
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