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.
Matadors sweep Texas A&M
Oct 14, 2014 12:56 PM
The Matadors beat Texas A&M 4-1 Saturday night to sweep the two game series with the Aggies.
Whereas Friday night's game was back and forth Saturday night's game was controlled more by the Matadors from start to finish. Once Alex Reints put the Matadors up first at 9:53 of the opening period while playing 4-on-4 they never relinquished the lead.
Josh Escoe put the Matadors up by two at 2:56 on a nice pass from Reints on the power play. Texas A&M's lone goal came from Isaac Ghorbani with just 24 seconds remaining in the first.
Neither team scored in the second.
In the third Max Goen received a nice pass off the far side boards from Levi Bolls, went in on a breakaway and put it through the five hole of Ethan Palmer to give the Matadors a two goal lead back. Texas A&M's head coach Sean Boyle pulled Palmer with about a minute left. The puck slid into the Matadors slot off a faceoff in the right circle and Drew Lagaly fired it all the way down the ice into the empty cage to seal the game.
Michael Standke won his second start in a row making 29 saves.
Matadors win thriller in overtime
Oct 14, 2014 12:47 PM
Brian Carcerano fired a shot past the left shoulder of Ethan Palmer at 1:04 of overtime to beat Texas A&M 5-4.
Carcerano's goal capped off a back and forth game between the two teams. The Matadors lead 3-1 in the second period but Texas A&M scored three straight to take their only lead of the game. The goals came from Nick early at 4:54 of the second, Stephen Callaghan at 13:04 of the third period on the power play and Cyrus Burkard at 10:09. The Aggies lead lasted only 16 seconds as Drew Lagaly tipped home a Josh Escoe point shot past Palmer.
Ellis Bourgoujian put the Matadors up first at 12:24 of the opening period on the power play. Carcerano scored his first goal of the game at 11:56 to increase the lead. Morgan Young got Texas A&M in the game at 5:32 on the power play.
Andrew Monesi put the Matadors up by two once again at 14:40 of the second period.
Kevin Noonan picked up his first win of the season making 45 saves. It was Noonan's 22nd career win.
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