The Aurora University men’s hockey team picked up their first win of the season Friday when they defeated UW-Stout in the first game of the Stevens Point Pointer Classic.
On Friday, November 24, the Aurora University men’s hockey team was able to get their first win of the 2017-2018 season as they beat UW-Stout 2-0 in the first game of the Pointer Classic which is held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. While Aurora got the victory, it was a tough defensive battle. The first period was all about defense, with each team getting a combined 12 shots-on-goal, but none were able to hit the back of the net as the score was 0-0 after one period. The Spartans were finally able to get on the board in the second period as Sophomore Drew Doyon scored with 6:21 remaining in the second period, to make the score 1-0 after two. Early in the third, Doyon was once again able to extend the lead with his second goal of the night to make the score 2-0. This would be the final score as goalie Josh Boyko and the Spartans were able to hang on to the shutout.
Even though it was only the first win of the season for the Spartans, Senior Rihards Marenis said “it was a relief to get the first one out of the way. All season we’ve been confident that we can be solid competition for other teams and that there are no unbeatable teams out there. I look forward to building off our first victory and going to get more.” He is not the only person that shares this sentiment, Freshman Nick Minerva also sees this as just the start “it’s relieving, I think it was starting to get to the guys, not getting that first win, and we were feeling the pressure. “We executed the gameplan and played the best game we have played all year, and as a result we won. The good thing is, things can only go up from here,” he stated after the game.
Written By: Logan Zavala