Last night Kentucky picked up where they left off the night before, beating Middle Tennessee State 11-2 to get the sweep and start the season 2-0.
The first period was a fight with MTSU coming out strong and playing the Wildcats to a 1-1 tie at the end of the period. Beck Shultz scored his 4th goal of the young season to get the scoring started for UK.
As the second started, so did Kentucky’s scoring. They went up 3-1 with goals by Ryan Duffy, then Cory Day scores his first of the season. Middle Tennessee then answered with a goal of their own to make it 3-2. That would be it for MTSU, Kentucky took over from there. Jordan Shannon scores his 4th goal of the year to give UK a 4-2 lead. Shultz got his second of the night, 5th of the year, to stretch it to a 5-2 lead. Zackary Chamryk then scores his 2nd of the season and Kentucky is in control of the game at 6-2. After this there was a collision at the net and UK starting goalie Eric Williams left the game and was replaced by last nights winning goalie, Jeffery Ison. Before that, Williams had played great and turned away a lot of shots from where MTSU came out firing. Williams is fine and will be back in net soon. Ison continued his great play from the night before, shutting out MTSU the rest of the game. The Cats still weren’t done in the second with Alex Luce scoring his first of the year and giving UK a 7-2 lead going into the second intermission.
Kentucky didn’t let up on the third. Max Boss got the scoring going with his first of the year. Luce added his second of the night for a 9-2 lead. Beck Shultz keeps up his NHL18 scoring pace by dropping his third of the night for back to back games with a hat trick, for a 10-2 lead and his 6th goal of the season. Jack Higgins then closed out the night, and putting the exclamation point on the sweep, with his first of the year and a 11-2 victory.
In my preview of the returning players, the defense was the area I thought could use a boost in production and they have been lights out so far. The blue line has already scored 5 goals in two games and is doing an amazing job at not letting the opposing players behind them. If they keep this up, along with the goalies playing really well through two games, Kentucky could take a huge step forward this season.
The University of Kentucky Hockey Club will be back in the ice this weekend with a home and home set against rival Louisville. The first game of the series will be at the Lexington Ice Center at midnight. Admission is $7 and come early to get a good seat for the rivalry game.
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