CSUN hockey remains unbeaten

    Hockey players race down the ice
    David Valencia (5) of LMU looks on as CSUN's Quentin Abaya (15) controls the zone with the puck late Friday night at the Iceoplex Arena in Simi Valley. Photo credit: Solomon Ladvienka

    The CSUN hockey team remains undefeated after a win against Loyola Marymount University, defeating them 4-3 in overtime.

    In a quick start to the game, Loyola Marymount came out strong putting two goals past sophomore Vincent Sepe leaving CSUN down 2-0 in the first period.

    “We have to take advantage of our opportunities, and keep playing the game,” said CSUN Head Coach JP Gale. “There’s three periods of hockey, 60 minutes to the game, and we have to play our game and let it happen.”

    LMU took the lead late in the game with a score of 3-2, CSUN senior forward Evan Wright came through and tied the game 3-3 in the third period.

    “We have to win the battle and get pucks down low,” said senior forward Ellis Bourgoujian. “Coaches told us (during intermissions) to keep playing our game and we’ll eventually get our opportunities.”

    Captain Alex Reints (22) of CSUN awaiting the faceoff against Matt Boente (19) of LMU late Friday night at the Ice-O-Plex Arena in Simi Valley. Photo credit: Solomon Ladvienka
    Captain Alex Reints (22) of CSUN awaiting the faceoff against Matt Boente (19) of LMU late Friday night at the Ice-O-Plex Arena in Simi Valley. Photo credit: Solomon Ladvienka

    As the game headed into overtime, CSUN had completed yet another comeback, which they have done so well in the previous five games to start this season.

    “It’s good in a way to be known as the ‘Comeback Kids’ because it shows how resilient we are,” said senior captain Alex Reints. “We needed to start stronger in these games and show the other teams who we are early in the game, instead of later.”

    The Matadors would eventually win the game in overtime, defeating LMU, 4-3 behind freshman defenseman John Laurin’s goal.

    “We have a new team that is bonding together, but we would like to start quicker in the game, but winning is always nice,” said senior defenseman Evan Sharpshair.

    The CSUN hockey team is off to a 5-0-0-1 (5 wins, 0 defeats, 0 overtime losses, 1 tie). Their next match is Oct. 21 against Grand Canyon University.