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Kentucky club hockey sweeps weekend series against Xavier

Kolby Wohl
Kentucky center Ty Koerbel controls the puck during the Kentucky vs. Xavier club hockey game on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at the Lexington Ice Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 11-1. Photo by Kolby Wohl | Staff

Kentucky club hockey swept Xavier in a weekend series, winning first on the road Friday before also winning in Lexington on Saturday.

Kentucky first faced off against Xavier on Friday, Nov. 3, at Queen City Sports Complex in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Cats started the game off strong with a goal by senior captain Gabe D’Amico, followed shortly with two from Brett Quinn.

Xavier came back and won several faceoffs in a row, attempting to make quick passes down the ice before being stopped, leading to another Wildcat goal by sophomore Jack Noel to make it a 4-0 period.

The game progressed with more Wildcat goals, finishing the second period off with six goals for Kentucky.

With the third period coming to an end, Kentucky walked away with a 9-0 win against the Musketeers going into the second contest.

Kentucky defenseman Tim Burke controls the puck during the Kentucky vs. Louisville hockey game on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at the Lexington Ice Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky lost 1-0. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff (Travis Fannon)

The win saw goalkeeper Riley Allen earn his first career shut

z< out while Gary Eastlack continued approaching his 200th point as a Wildcat.

At home on Saturday, the Cats earned their second win of the weekend by a score of 11-1.

Though the Cats started off slow in the beginning of the first period, losing five face offs, TJ Ramsey had their back during his first game on the ice as a Wildcat.

Securing 10 saves in the first period, one of them being in the first minute of the game, Ramsey made a strong debut.

Kentucky started to pick up the pace as soon as the first goal was scored during a power play with about 10 minutes left to go in the first period by graduate center, Cameron Chabot.

The first goal was just the beginning when, shortly after the first goal was scored, graduate defenseman Tim Burke scored the second goal of the night to end the first period with a 2-0 Wildcat lead.

The second period started off strong with a goal from Quinn and the Wildcats kept their strong momentum during the second period, with goals scored from both D’Amico and Nick Delaney.

At the end of the second period, the Wildcats kept a strong lead against the Musketeers, 5-0.

At the beginning of the third period, on a power play, the Musketeers managed to score their single goal of not only the night, but the entire weekend versus the Wildcats.

The goal scored didn’t discourage the Wildcats as proven when, shortly after, Tyler Coskren put the puck straight into the net to give the Wildcats another five-point lead.

With close to 15 minutes left to go in the third period, Eastlack brought the score to 7-1, celebrating his 200th goal as a Wildcat.

The Wildcats quickly continued raising the score with a first-time goal scored by freshman center Nick Obourn and a power play goal by Delaney, giving the latter his second goal of the night.

Parker Rice secured the 10th goal for the Wildcats while freshman Anthony Santangelo scored his first goal at UK during a power play, ending the game with a final score of 11-1, Kentucky.

The Wildcats came together as a team to secure the double win over Xavier and acknowledged their first goal scorers of the night post game.

“We had a lot of people getting their first goal tonight and it’s always a good feeling whenever everyone can contribute and get going,” D’Amico said.

The teamwork paid off extremely well for the Wildcats as they acquired a 2-0 weekend versus the Musketeers.

Kentucky will return to the ice on Nov. 10 on the road against Bowling Green before returning to the Lexington Ice Center on Nov. 11 to face the Falcons at home at midnight ET.

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